Building A Professional Learning Community



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.


Please Download and fill out the order form and you can either email or fax back the form to:
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What we offer in this fantastic New Package

Magazines and journals and online information services to support the school leadership team and professional learning for the whole staff.
Here is a brief summary on what is offered in this package:

School Leadership Today  6 issues per year & 12 Updates per year
School Leadership Today is the most authoritative and independent publication for school leaders. 

Leadership Briefing
Linked to School Leadership Today is Leadership Briefing, a weekly summary of government reports, new education research and legal developments, providing you with links to original source documents to download or view on screen if available. All emailed to you weekly so you can stay informed and save time.

Creative Teaching & Learning  4 issues per year
Formerly, Teaching Thinking & Creativity, Creative Teaching & Learning has been now recognised as the most cutting edge curriculum magazine in the country. The magazine investigates how the curriculum can be remodelled and explores how thinking skills approaches can be embedded within subject and project-based teaching.

Every Child Journal & Every Child Update  6 issues per year & 12 Updates per year
Every Child Journal uniquely provides solutions across the education, health and care sectors, to help professionals improve the life chances of vulnerable children. The journal will be your professional handbook, informing, updating and developing school and agency leadership as it implements the Government’s ‘Children’s Plan’ and responds creatively to the 21st Century Schools White Paper. 

Every Child Update
Every Child Update is an additional service to Every Child Journal. It is a monthly e-bulletin which is emailed direct to your inbox, providing extra information such as legal briefings, official report summaries and research findings, training programmes and courses.

Professional Development Today  4 issues per year
Focusing on good practice, research and staff development, in the pages of Professional Development Today you will read the latest thinking of writers in professional development who are of world class calibre as well as testimonies from practitioners who make it happen in their schools. This combination of grounded practice, challenging critique and research insights make Professional Development Today the journal to support professional learning for your practitioners.

Learning Spaces (Formerly 21 Century Schools) 4 issues per year. On CD and online.
Learning Spaces magazine looks at how schools are attempting to improve their environments for learning. Using exciting case studies of new and refurbished schools it looks at the most creative attempts to match design with new developments in teaching and learning.  A key mission of the magazine is to give school staff and pupils – the users – more say over design and development.  There is a strong emphasis on maintenance, refurbishment and managing the Primary Capital programmes. The magazine offers critical advice on what designs work best for learning, buying products and materials, as well as legal and technical advice.The CD and online format enables the magazine to explore the use of video and photographs and new design ideas.

e–learning Update 12 issues per year
The list of requirements for schools regarding the utilisation of technology gets longer each year:  VLE’s, web based learning, white boards, video-conferencing, online assessment and mobile learning. e-Learning Update helps school leaders and  teachers understand the issues, products, problems and the possibilities associated with new technology in schools. Crucially, we believe the technology has to be at the service of teachers not the other way round. For an educational view of the way to deploy ICT you need e-Learning Update.

To create a truly professional learning community in your school every leader and teacher should have access to the information they need to develop the knowledge and skills for their role. If you purchase our unique Professional Learning Community online package of magazines, journals and e-newsletters it will give all your staff access to this information and skills base, be they classroom teachers (who are themselves leaders of learning, and managers of TA’s), curriculum leaders, heads of year, departmental heads or members of the school leadership team. We will assign you a school membership code which will allow all your teachers unlimited access to the publications and newsletters as they are posted, without having to bother with login and passwords.

The Archives – thousands of professional development articles 
If you have the online Professional Learning Community package this will entitle all your teachers access to the vast libraries of articles on every aspect of school and curriculum leadership. It’s the equivalent of creating overnight the most excellent CPD staff library you could wish for.
It includes over 1,000 articles on school leadership: over 500 on how to use thinking skills and develop creativity in your classroom, hundreds on how to develop staff in your school and the same on school design and refurbishment.

Themed Knowledge Banks
Within the library your staff will in the future be able to access special themed collections of articles by renowned experts. These include:
  • School Improvement by Professor David Hopkins
  • Learner Driven Learning by Chris Watkins
  • Coaching and Mentoring by Richard Churches
  • School Fundraising by David Poppitt
  • What really works in CPD by Sara Bubb & Peter Earley
  • Managing Ofsted by Suzanne O’Connell
  • The Best in School Design edited by Valerie Bragg
  • Developing Thinking Skills through Art, Science, Maths & History
Leadership Resources
Managers Briefcase – Information and Practical Leadership Resources

In the archive there is a vast array of pre-developed proformas, questionnaires, implementation guides and policy documents so that you do not have to re-invent the wheel in your school. It’s a highly acclaimed resource currently used by thousands of school leaders. Some Briefcase entries:
  • Complaints procedures
  • Confiscation policy
  • Confiscation records
  • Safeguarding training guide
  • Every Child Matters Checklist
  • Safer recruitment
  • Learning outside the classroom
  • Information Literacy Policy
  • Tracking and Monitoring Pupil Progres

Online Only with
Site Licence pa
School Leadership Today
Leadership Briefing - via email
Every Child Journal with
Every Child Update - via email
Creative Teaching and Learning
Professional Development Today
e-Learning Update - via email
Learning Spaces (C21) via email
Package includes all titles listed above
Primary School
£475.00 +VAT
Package includes all titles listed above
Secondary School
 £600.00 +VAT    

Is there a better CPD spend than this?

Available to all your staff all of the time when you buy the Professional Learning Community online licence. The price for a whole school online licence for all school staff and governors is from just £400 a year for all titles… less than one day’s consultancy or one person at an external conference or course.


School Leadership Today