Co-operative Learning for Teaching Staff 2020/2021

The Johnsons (1990) define Cooperative Learning as

“…the instructional use of small groups so that students work together to maximise their own and each other’s learning.” A task is set where small structured small groups of between 2 and 4 pupils work through until they have successfully understood and completed it. Being successful or unsuccessful depends on the entire group but each pupil is also individually accountable. Academic goals within Cooperative Learning are always coupled by a supporting social skill and equal weighting is given to each.

Researched benefits of Cooperative Learning include higher attainment (including higher level reasoning, critical thinking skills, deeper understanding of material and retention), improved relationships, personal and academic support, self-esteem and increased ability to cope with adversity and stress (resilience). Pupils are more active participants in the learning process; they care about the class and material and are more personally engaged.

Cooperative Learning Consultants are able to offer a number of options to support learning establishments to incorporate Cooperative Learning in to their learning and teaching.

During the 4 day (3 full days plus two half-day recall sessions), participants will:

  • be introduced to the authentic and copyrighted ‘Johnson and Johnson model of Cooperative Learning’, both the theory and how it translates in practice
  • become familiar with the ‘Five Basic Elements’ which ensure that all group work is collaborative, powerful and active
  • explore how Cooperative Learning benefits pupils in each phase of education
  • consider both the academic and social aspects of learning through practical examples, facilitation and collaboration with colleagues
  • plan specific Cooperative Learning tasks and put them into practice when back in school
  • consider how Cooperative Learning connects directly to reducing the attainment gap and improving outcomes for children and young people
  • return for two half-day ‘Recall Sessions to share experiences and successes, and to further deepen their understanding


Full Day Sessions:  Fri 6th, Sat 7th & Fri 13 November 2020, 09.00 – 16.00

Recall Sessions:        Fri 5th & Fri 12th March 2021 13.00 – 16.00


Delegates should be able to attend all dates

Cost:                      Delegate costs will be confirmed but are expected to                                   be in the region of £80 -£100 per person.

Book a place:       To book places for Teaching staff on this course please e-mail the name, designation and establishment to the Education Training & Development team, quoting reference CFE002.


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