Senior Leaders’ Webinar 7: Developing a Thinking School – What is a dynamic learning community?

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Senior Leaders’ Webinar 7: Developing a Thinking School – What is a dynamic learning community?

During this webinar Kulvarn will draw on his research into teacher professional learning and the themes from his book ‘The Thinking School’ to explore the following themes:

  • The importance of values-led Leadership
  • The quality of teacher learning experiences
  • Opportunities for teachers to engage in research
  • How to retain teachers to the profession
  • Quality of teacher wellbeing in schools


DATE: Monday 26th April 2021

TIME: 10:00-11:00am

We will be using Zoom (online video conferencing software) to host this online event. If you have not used Zoom previously, you may need to download the Zoom software either to a laptop, PC, tablet or smartphone, prior to joining. When you have booked your place a link will be emailed to you, within 48 hours of the webinar, with further instructions about how to join the event.

The session will also be recorded and afterwards an edited version will be shared with those schools that have booked a place.



COST: £70 for non-subscribing schools

This webinar forms part of the Gateway Alliance – Senior Leaders’ Network CPD subscription. Schools that have purchased this subscription have 1 FREE place on the live event.

We are delighted to announce that Warwickshire County Council, Education Services have funded access to 3 of the 7 Gateway Alliance Senior Leaders’ Online Webinars this academic year for all Warwickshire schools. If you are a Warwickshire school you should have received a voucher code (this was sent out to schools on the 4th September edition of HeadsUp). Please enter this code at check-out to claim your FREE place at any 3 of these webinars (to view the other webinars please click here and search subject ‘senior leaders’). If you have not received the voucher code please contact us.

For all non-Warwickshire schools, access to this live event costs £70 per person. This INCLUDES a copy of the recorded webinar for use in your own school afterwards.

If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact us on 02476 347697 or email:

Dr. Kulvarn Atwal

Kulvarn is currently executive headteacher of two large primary schools in the London Borough of Redbridge (Highlands Primary School and  Redbridge Primary School). He is currently also Interim Head Teacher at Uphall Primary School. In 2017, 2018, and 2019 Highlands was recognised by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, as one of the highest performing primary schools in London for pupil progress.

Throughout his career, Kulvarn has developed a particular interest in teacher professional learning. He has asserted that the best teachers are the reflective practitioners who engage in professional dialogue and reflective practice. Kulvarn completed his doctorate in education in 2016, and his thesis focussed on the development of an understanding of the factors that influence teacher engagement in professional learning activities. His conceptual framework included a model designed for school leaders to implement in schools to maximise teachers’ formal and informal learning opportunities. He has delivered presentations and seminars nationally and internationally on both the promotion of teacher learning, and the development of expansive learning environments for all staff within primary schools. He has recently published his first book, The Thinking School: Developing a Dynamic Learning Community (John Catt, 2019).

Kulvarn regularly writes for the TES and tweets occasionally at @thinkingschool2.


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