Introducing a manageable, adaptable improvement process

Launching the Teaching Sprints approach throughout Wales


Number of participants: 300 +

Schools involved: 70

When: 2021 – 2022 

Location: Digital Delivery

The Overview: What we did

Simon partnered with the Highland Council in Wales to upskill leaders in their region on the Teaching Sprints approach.

The project involved three live-stream workshops, which introduced over 300 educational leaders to this improvement method.

These online workshops were paired with digital materials and our online Running Teaching Sprints course to help support their work.

The Teaching Sprints approach has been overwhelmingly positively received by colleagues at The Highland Council. We started with around 15 colleagues in 10 schools in Cohort 1, 2021 and have increased engagement to around 300 colleagues in 60 schools with cohort 2, 2022. It was so positive to be able to build momentum and engagement through feedback from a Head Teacher colleague advocating for the approach based on impact in his secondary school.

We also opened the opportunity to colleagues from our Regional Improvement Collaborative, Northern Alliance, and it has been decided to use the Teaching Sprints approach in making impact in approaches to professional learning activities across the RIC.

Miriam MacDonald

Interim Strategic Lead Officer, Leadership and Empowerment, Highland Council