Communities of Practice (CoP) for Advanced Practitioners (APs)

When people come together with a common interest they create a community of practice which has a focus on improvement. You will have rich and diverse opportunities to develop your knowledge base to support your Quality Improvement (QI) project. We will signpost your to a Professional Exchange, or similar, to support the development of your QI project. We will help grow your skills & confidence by allocating you to an Action Learning Set of AP peers. We will share an AP Toolkit with you.

Pricing options

This programme is free.

SET Membership

SET members are entitled to an exclusive 15% discount off this ETF professional development course.

Find out more about SET membership on the Society for Education and Training (SET) website.

Who is this for?

Practitioners working in advanced practitioner-type roles across the education and training sector.

Advanced Practitioners (APs) often work in a peer-to-peer support structure providing guidance on improving teaching, learning and assessment (TLA). They may also be known as a:

  • Teaching and Learning Coach
  • Advanced Coach
  • Teaching Skills Coach
  • Quality Practitioner etc.

They typically 'help staff to trial new TLA strategies, share good practice and support wider development such as staff inductions and strategic planning*'.

Practitioners who complete this programme may also want undertake Advanced Teacher Status (ATS) to continue their development.

*Tyler et al, Institute for Employment Studies (2017), Understanding the role of Advanced Practitioners, Education and Training Foundation.

Training aim

The CoP programme is designed to develop your AP role, either within your organisation or network, in the following areas.

  1. One-to-one support for the wider teaching workforce.
  2. Leading and facilitating CPD.
  3. Coaching and mentoring for colleagues experiencing challenges in their practice.
  4. Inductions and support of new staff.
  5. Supporting internally and externally set strategic objectives.
  6. Ensuring currency and effectiveness in the AP role and as a teaching practitioner, making good use of evidence-based approaches and peer-to-peer collaboration.

As an advanced practitioner you will have strengths in some or all these areas but may have identified specific aspects you want to develop further. 


You will have the knowledge and confidence to:

  • engage with existing networks of practitioners across the whole Education and Training landscape
  • drive change, influence others, manage resistance and enhance self-awareness to achieve outstanding TLA practice
  • develop your own and colleagues' knowledge, skills and behaviour in 3 domains -

1) supporting effective and innovative CPD

2) identifying and harnessing effective TLA

3) leading improvement for individuals, teams, your organisation or network.

  • extend your skills, confidence and digital autonomy as an AP using an effective model of digital resilience
  • re-imagine the concept of an 'ILP' by using Canvas, a Learner Management System,

NB: you will receive a personal account for the Canvas Learner Management System to facilitate your development and peer-to-peer collaboration.   


Our aspiration is the CoP you engage with and the relationships you build will last beyond the project lifetime (currently March 2019). There is no specific time limit as long as the following engagement occurs.

Mandatory engagement with:

  • an Action Learning Set (virtual or face-to-face) together with peers
  • external networks, relevant to your QI Project.

Encouraged engagement with:

  • the AP Toolkit of resources
  • wider digital and face-to-face networks.

Mandatory use of the Professional Standards to reflect on:

  • your own personal and professional development
  • the developing impact of your AP role on colleagues, learners & organisational improvement.

The programme will enable you to:

  • build relationships and peer networks
  • work on your QI project
  • practise coaching, listening and questioning techniques by providing peer-to-peer
  • interact with key stakeholders driving change
  • share effective practice.  

Entry Requirements

You must be a practitioner working in an AP type role across the education and training sector. You will most likely be working in a peer-to-peer support structure providing guidance on improving TLA.

You will be required to:

  • attend a 90-minute online induction
  • work in an action learning set with peers using webcam technology/face-to-face
  • undertake a small-scale quality improvement project and access resources.

You must have full support from your line manager. 

Technical requirements

  • A software download is required which you can download in advance for the induction from this link We will open the room 30 minutes before we start so you can test your equipment.
  • A good internet connection
  • A set of headphones, in-earphones (like you would use for a mobile phone/tablet), or a mic-phones headset
  • A webcam although not essential is very helpful. 

Contact us

If this course is not currently available in your area, and you would like to attend then register your interest. We will let you know about new events as they are announced.

If you have any questions, please contact:

T: 0800 0 831 830