What are the benefits to schools of a learning organisation culture?


What are the benefits to schools of a learning organisation culture?

Based on research evidence and our personal experience, there are substantial and ranging benefits for schools.

Based on research evidence and our personal experience, there are substantial and ranging benefits for schools. Some of these can be realised fairly quickly within the process of establishing the learning community. Some of these can take some time to establish, and all of them will continuously strengthen over time:

  • reduced costs from funding of professional development coupled with greater innovation and development in classroom practice when compared to external training and courses;
  • integrated and continuous development at all levels of the organisation from leaders to students, fostering a shift from informational learning to transformational learning;
  • organisation-wide professional commitment to learning and improvement, and capacity for evidence-referenced development and innovation;
  • lower levels of stress alongside higher levels of effective work;
  • high levels of professional and personal fulfillment;
  • continuous growth as individuals and as community;
  • high levels of trust and psychological safety, which support practices of continuous professional reflection, new learning and implementation of new practices;
  • delivery of rapid change and response which is both effective and sustainable;
  • transition of staff from organisational compliance to professional commitment;
  • reduction in staff annual turnover (in international settings, we have affected a reduction in staff turnover from over 50% to zero in two years - achieved in more than one context.);
  • greater workplace wellbeing, and greater community integration and collaboration.