Professional Learning Community Service



Support your drive to excellence with:

The best professional practice library available, anywhere

Created by the outstanding thinkers, writers and practitioners in education 

Updated by CPD publications that are acclaimed internationally

What is the PLC service?

Ofsted, finally, seems to have recognized the importance of professional learning and innovative teaching and learning practice. But in order to keep up with best practice the whole school needs to become a dynamic learning community which is constantly reviewing all aspects of its performance.

The PLC has been designed to support this drive – to create a truly professional learning community in your school every leader and teacher should have access to the best practice models and expertise they need for their role.

Our Professional Learning Community service provides online access for all staff to the acclaimed CPD magazines including School Leadership Today, Leadership Briefing, Creative Teaching & Learning, Professional Development Today, Every Child Journal and *Update, *E-Learning Update and Learning Spaces. (Click here for details on each of the publications mentioned above)

* These update what is probably the most extensive and useful best practice library in the world.

All staff also get unlimited access to:

  • Knowledge Banks of tightly focused articles on key themes which can support classroom or whole school initiatives.
  • Weekly information updates on government reports and new education research and educational law.
  • Access to online cross curriculum classroom resources, which are carefully integrated and have a serious pedagogic underpinning.
  • Online and telephone advice by top consultants for school leadership teams on immediate issues affecting their school.

How do you use the PLC?

What do schools say about the PLC?

Imaginative Minds' Professional Learning Community service has at its heart a professional development library which is unlike anything else available. It’s a profound and growing database of best practice articles which can support advances in leadership and teaching  at every level of the school. It has constantly updated education information, but its real value, in my view, is its orientation towards practice and reflective leadership and teaching. Every school, primary or secondary, seeking to have a dynamic, learning staff team should have the service as an pre-requisite.

Richard Churches, Principal Consultant, CfBT Education Trust.

I have just completed an MBA in Educational Leadership at the Institute of Education. Throughout this course I regularly used articles from the Professional Learning Community to inspire my research as well as adding to my knowledge on particular topics.

The variety of articles in the publications ensures that it covers the interests and needs of everyone involved in education. I would recommend this resource to every senior leadership team in schools.

Desi McKeown,  Assistant Head Teacher at The Deanes School, Benfleet, Essex.

The Professional Learning Community allows the AST Team to review the most up-to-date thinking on key aspects of learning and teaching, professional development and leadership. There is no doubt that the articles and case studies have helped us to shape our own support programmes and how to strategically manage them. It is important for ASTs to be leading thinking in their school or authority and a key part of this responsibility is to find out what is happening beyond your context. The Professional Learning Community is a cost effective and valuable way in which to achieve this.

Angela Moore, AST Co-ordinator, Danum Academy, Doncaster.

Subscribing to the Professional Learning Community package is the equivalent of creating, over-night, the most excellent CPD staff library you could wish for.

All your staff gain access to this information and skills base, be they classroom teachers (who are themselves leaders of learning, and managers of TAs), curriculum leaders, heads of year, departmental heads or members of the school leadership team. We will send them alerts on the release of new updating publications to nominated key staff, so they can select articles to pass on to individual teachers or groups within the school.

We will assign your school login details, which will allow all your teachers 24/7 Unlimited Access from home or school to the publications and newsletters as they are posted.

You can search subjects by key words, browse themed collections called Knowledge Banks, review past editions, or look up your favourite education writers.

Many schools use the articles or Knowledge Banks to launch new projects or to stimulate best practice debates within their department or learning communities. If your school starts a new initiative, like coaching and mentoring, the PLC is a good place to start. If a department wants to adopt a new teaching and learning approach, the PLC is where to go first. If your school wants a new policy on religious education the PLC library will be able to help.

What are Knowledge Banks?

Within the library your staff will be able to access special themed collections of articles by renowned experts. They are tightly focused packets of knowledge which can give your leadership team or teachers a rapid, but in-depth briefing about a pedagogy, a strategy, or leadership direction.

Visual Learning Tools – Buzan and Caviglioni
Philosophy for Children – Steve Wiliams and Sue Lyle
The Research Led School – Graham Hanscombe
System Leadership – Professor David Hopkins
Learner Driven Learning – Chris Watkins
Coaching and Mentoring – Richard Churches
School Fundraising – David Poppitt
What really works in CPD – Sara Bubb & Peter Earley

Coming up:

  • The new Teaching Standards and Performance Management Framework.
  • School Self Evaluation in the new environment.

New Knowledge Banks are published at least twice a month and can be requested by subscribing schools.


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