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Joint Practice Development

Joint Practice Development (JPD) – Working Together to Improve Teaching, Learning and Assessment

It is generally agreed that robust and applicable research is critical to continuous improvement in our sector. Our aspiration is that evidence based practice and innovation will be recognised as fundamental to the professional identity of those who work in the education and training sector.

What is Joint Practice Development?

JPD was defined by Michael Fielding and colleagues [1]  as ‘learning new ways of working through mutual engagement that opens up and shares practices with others’. It captures a process that is truly collaborative, not one-way, and the practice is being improved not just moved from one person or place to another.

How does the programme work?

We invited organisations to tender to run collaborative improvement projects designed around a JPD model. All the projects involve several providers working together on their topic of interest.

The outcomes of each project have been specified by the participating organisations, who are also working with an external organisation to support and validate the work.

Collaborative development projects underway

Eighteen proposals were successful in their application and are now underway.  Project themes include the following:

  • Maths
  • English
  • Vocational education and training
  • STEM subjects
  • Leadership, management and governance
  • Learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities
  • Initial teacher training
  • Responding to the needs of disadvantaged learners
  • Careers education, information and guidance.  

The Foundation plans to hold an annual research conference, where a selection of candidates will speak about the work they have done. A synthesis of learning from the projects will also be produced.

 Supporting information:Potential tenderers were directed to the following examples on the Excellence Gateway of using JPD:

Research Development Fellowships

Practitioner-led action research

[1] Fielding M et al, ‘Factors Influencing the Transfer of Good Practice’, University of Sussex, 2005 available here: