In addition to the basic provision available to all DCSs through ‘pay as you use’ options, DCSs (and nominated members of their direct management teams) from subscribing LAs will have access to The Learning Portal, a closed section of the Staff College website which is designed specifically to support DCSs in growing their personal and organisational strategic intelligence.
The College’s digital learning portal will provide DCSs and their nominees with opportunities to engage in short web-based discussion forums, contribute to the development of think pieces and factsheets and participate in a digital community where giving and receiving ideas and practice enhances the individual and collective wisdom of the sector.
The portal will become the College’s prime means of sharing innovative national and international practice through occasional virtual master class style conversations with leading thinkers, blogs, social media feeds, regular digital newsletters, significant document synopses, additional think pieces and policy thinking from across the public and private sector.
Through its participation in a number of international networks and forums the College will also use the Learning Portal to offer occasional digital common rooms where DCSs can join peers from other countries in discussing and thinking about the challenging and wicked issues facing them and, through this, collectively learn from each other thus creating the potential for a learning community of practice which extends well beyond the UK.
Access to the College’s bespoke 360 leadership audit tool for children’s services personnel will also be through the portal.
To sign in to the portal now please click here.