A collaborative approach to learning and teaching has beneficial effects for all individuals who are involved. The sharing of expertise through effective collaboration increases the ‘social capital’ (or ‘peer power’) of an organisation, and this acts as a reservoir of best practice.
The most compelling aspect of practitioners working in a collaborative way is its potential to improve classroom practice and raise the learner outcomes.
One approach to effective collaboration is demonstrated in Professional learning communities.
See Professional Learning Pack Topic 4 (Collaborative Working)
This topic focuses on the benefits of collaborative working to enhance learner outcomes and impact on practitioner development.