Shared Economy – A teaching perspective 

I’ve a lot of very random thoughts at the moment mainly in preparation for niedcamp but I am totally captured by the thought of the concept of shared economy. 

For those who have no idea what shared economy is please take a few moment to view The People Who Share website. 

I love this whole concept that people freely give. They share what they have; their physical or human resources. I’m no economist but in an age of educational austerity, I think this is something we as educationalists can develop.

As a school leader, I have been somewhat lured into a very foolish thought, that I am competing with local schools to ensure my school is the biggest and the best. Yes, it is important that my students get access to the highest standard of teaching and learning but I think some are missing the bigger picture.

The reality is, our schools should develop the shared economy to ensure all pupils regardless of the school they attend have the biggest and best access to resources both physical and human. 


Deploying the concept of the shared economy to education would lead to further collaboration and ensure the richness of resources is shared equally throughout our schools. 

In Northern Ireland, we have a Shared Education model, area learning communities and the Key Stage 3 Literacy and Numeracy project which are starting to develop and embed this type of collaboration. 

The impetus on schools is to adopt the bottom up approach to CPD. The demise of DE directed style of training has led to schools developing trusted colleague networks and professional groups of teachers coming together to devise their own CPD.

I’m excited and nervous about speaking at niedcamp but I know I will be contributing in my own way to develop a shared economy of CPD. 

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