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Yorkshire & Humber
Practice Development Groups

Calderdale College is delighted to have been commissioned by the Education and Training Foundation to deliver Practice Development Groups for the Yorkshire and Humber region.

Practice Development Groups (PDGs) form part of the Education and Training Foundation’s Practitioner Research pathway. Practitioners can join the research pathway at various points; including practitioner-led enquiry, small-scale research projects or postgraduate research.

PDGs sit firmly within practitioner-led enquiry, and are driven by participants who work collaboratively to undertake a maths/English inquiry related to their learners and teaching practice. They plan, do and review as action learning sets (ALS); regrouping and discussing what worked (and didn’t) with their PDG members, repeating this process over a period of four months.

As a participant you do not need experience of prior research activity as you will be supported by the community of practitioners involved and guided by experienced group facilitators.

There are many benefits to taking part, including collaborating with other educators from across the region, learning about other focused projects, gaining confidence when networking, and bringing projects to action. You will also have the exciting opportunity to share your work at our end of PDG Showcase event in June 2021 bringing together teams from colleges and training providers from across the Yorkshire and Humber to celebrate the work of the PDG collective.

Download our guidance sheet below for more information on the PDG format, project timelines and commitment required from participants and their organisation.

Hope to see you soon!

Andrea Quantrill 
TLA Quality Manager, Calderdale College 


There are no fees to be a part of this project. Where the launch event or collaboration events take place in person, participants will need to fund (or have funded by their organisation) their travel expenses. Participants are always welcome to join us online where this may not be appropriate.
We are taking applications from teachers and trainers, progress coaches and support staff who work in an ESFA funded organisation in the Yorkshire and Humber region.
No previous experience required. All that is needed is a desire to improve an aspect of your teaching, learning and assessment with an English or math focus, an idea and a positive attitude!
As an applicant you are asked to make a commitment to attend the four meetings. The dates and times of these meetings will be agreed at the launch event by each ALS and their group facilitator therefore will be at a time convenient for you. Once dates are agreed they are to be upheld.

Project outcomes are down to the individual participant. You might chose to produce a resource, a case study, a short video or presentation. Other participants may choose to use the process as their product, documenting the outcomes of any experimentation – it is entirely up to you!

What we do ask is that you share your developments and any outcomes with your wider teams, so that at least 2 other colleagues benefit from your work.

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Applications are now open for participants. If you have any questions please get in touch with us by calling 01422 357 357 or email