Learning Hubs

Welcome to the Camden Learning Hubs section of the Sharing Best Practice website.

What are Learning Hubs?

The role of a Learning Hub is to accelerate improvement and impact. Hubs complement the Camden Learning offer of CPDL in a specific specialist area by developing a vibrant, growing and popular group of school based professionals who work together to create a ‘Learning Community of Practice’ in the specialist area to improve pedagogy and effect change. Hubs are led by schools and are a very important strategy for harnessing the exceptional experience, skills and talent across schools and developing the culture of collaborative working, creating the levers to ensure a secure and sustainable world-class school improvement system.

What have they achieved so far?

The first six Hubs were commissioned for an 18 month period to March 2017, and an evaluation of their work took place in the summer term. Much of the evidence of impact of  related to qualitative rather than quantitative evidence, but in the case of Primary literacy (reading research) and Primary maths, there was a strong correlation of the impact of the Hubs on learning in those schools that had regularly accessed the collaborative activities. Lessons have been learned from the first cohort and they have been built into the design and the recruitment and roll out of the cohort 2 Hubs.

Why should your school join?

Those schools that accessed the cohort 1 Hubs have benefitted from working together with other schools that share common interests and priorities. There is evidence that staff representing their schools have been given the opportunity to develop as leaders in their own schools, feeding back and sharing learning and leading change. Working with others on a shared improvement strategy has led to improving standards and progress across those schools taking an active part in a Hub.