Group Supervision: “Many brains are better than one”

Within my setting, I place a huge focus on developing practitioners as individuals; together we explore interests and personal projects, using coaching and solution-focused prompts to help staff progress and grow. But in researching effective CPD systems in August 2017 for a MA module, I came across a super document detailing group supervision practice within Scottish social work teams. It occurred to me that our staff all have their specialisms and areas of expertise – we should pool that wealth of knowledge more frequently than our 4 INSET days a year, we should facilitate solution-focused gatherings or mini forums on a regular basis. So, in addition to our staff’s normal 1:1s we are piloting group supervisions (6 groups of up to 5 practitioners – a small enough group to share their own challenges and offer their ideas, and not so many that more than one practitioner is absent from a classroom at a time) from December 2017.

Watch this space as the idea is developed!

“Outstanding” in all areas

Whilst I’ve always been staunch in my belief that hard work and continuous improvement doesn’t stop with an outstanding grade, it is still a delight to share that my setting received an outstanding grade in all areas last week!

I was particularly pleased by the inspector’s praise of my “next level” leadership and the impact of our staff development programme. The most important resources in Early Years are practitioners and I aim to ensure each and every one of mine gets all the coaching, nurturing and support they need to be exceptional!

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