Local Learning Systems

From our review of pertinent literature, we created a working model for describing the main features of a Local Learning System. We will be blogging about the evidence and theory which underpins this model here.

Local Area

Associated with a particular geographic locality.

Many Linked Systems

Composed of different organisations and networks [eg. schools, Multi-academy Trusts, Maths Hub, Research Schools, etc.] that link together.

Professional Learning

These links facilitate formal and informal learning among educators.

Practices and Routines

Members participate in common practices and routines for professional learning.


Engagement creates shared histories and a sense of belonging.

Shared Tools

Shared concepts, languages and tools facilitate individual and collective professional learning.

Breaking Boundaries

Some members engage more with external organisations and networks.

Sense Making

Members come together to assess, explore and tackle shared issues.