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Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)

Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) have been organised as a framework for promoting professional learning for teachers. PLCs are facilitated by a combination of CfBT and Bruneian teachers in primary and secondary schools and clusters throughout Brunei.

Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) have been organised as a framework for promoting professional learning for teachers. PLCs are facilitated by a combination of CfBT and Bruneian teachers in primary and secondary schools and clusters throughout Brunei. The goal is to develop teaching practices through a focussed and measurable process which results in improved professional practice and therefore improved outcomes for learners. This continuing professional development model is grounded in teachers leading teachers.

Our Brunei PLC model was adapted from the national model developed by Education Development Trust (formerly CfBT) in Wales and is defined as “a group of practitioners working together using a structured process of classroom enquiry.

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The enquiry focuses on a specific area of learning and teaching to improve learner outcomes” (learning.wales.gov.uk/yourcareer/PLC). A key feature of this process of professional learning is that it directly links to classroom practice and focuses on an area selected by the teachers themselves.

The key principles underpinning the PLCs are sharing of knowledge, analysis of data, action enquiry, intervention vs remediation and a continuing culture of improved practice.