It feels like a very long time since about a hundred of us gathered in Hampden in March 2007 to hear Professor Richard Elmore describe the work he was doing in the Boston area with a school development programme he called “Medical Rounds“. He spoke about the success of this work in making transformational and sustained improvement in the learning of children and young people. At its heart was “the instructional core” and a strong focus on three key questions:
- What do children need to know and be able to do?
- What do teachers need to know and be able to to do?
- How do children access their learning?
Those of you who were at this famous meeting, may remember a strong buzz in the room, as much of what Elmore said seemed to be applicable to our own Scottish system. And so Learning Rounds was born and the rest is history!
The attached report tells the story of this initiative and describes the methodology and actions taken by the Learning Rounds team since 2007. We’d love to hear from you if you have a Learning Rounds story to tell, an observation to make, an insight to share. Better still, why not join the Learning Rounds Glow Group and share your experiences on-line?