A new team of specialists drawn from across different functional areas of the council’s Children & Families Service, was set-up by DCC in 2019.
Named the Pedagogy Team, its principle roles were to support the delivery of high-quality learning and teaching across all Dundee schools; build professional capacity; support improved attainment, collaboration and enquiry; identify effective practice; and provide opportunities to share these practices, togther with successful interventions and pedagogical approaches.
The Mudd Partnership was subsequently asked to design and deliver a bespoke team development programme to enhance effective communication with multiple stakeholders; support team members to appreciate each other’s strengths; to listen and provide appropriate challenge; have difficult conversations; and work collaboratively while allowing schools to take ownership of improvement models.
A blend of team effectiveness diagnostics, workshops, ‘Learning Into Practice’ (LIP) sessions, and team coaching sessions with the facilitator working with the team in real time, were all used.
And despite of the advent of the Covid crisis, the programme was successfully adapted to run virtually and its bespoke nature became a distinct strength during an increasingly challenging time for maintaing high-quality service delivery.