Facilitator Professional Learning


Facilitation is an essential skill for supporting and challenging learning for adults. It differs significantly from the pedagogical skills associated with teaching pupils. The behaviours and skills developed during this programme will support CPD leaders and NPQ facilitators to design and lead andragogically sound learning experiences, using Master’s-level questioning. The LLSE Facilitation Competency Framework and Facilitator Professional Learning Programme promote and contribute to this expectation, resulting in participants’ rating the quality of their facilitation as 9/10. It is therefore essential that all LLSE NPQ Facilitators participate in this programme.

Learning Objectives

The LLSE Facilitation Competency Framework will form the basis of the sessions, which gives participants the opportunity to practice, reflect on and refine the essential facilitation behaviours and skills for successful andragogy (adult learning). The framework is grounded in  effective facilitation evidence and research. The learning objectives for the initial day are:

  • To understand the principles of adult learning and why they are vital to effective facilitation
  • To explore the new LLSE facilitation competencies
  • To practice and reflect on the facilitation competencies whilst becoming familiar with course materials

In order to maximise the participants’ learning and the impact of the programme, commensurate with the Kirkpatrick model, participants will be provided with a reading and reflection task prior to the face to face session, some follow up activities to consolidate the day’s learning and prepare for facilitation practice and asked to evaluate their learning using an emailed link to a website.

Participant Feedback

Average scores of 9.2/10 for the quality of the facilitation; 9.1/10 for expected impact of the courses; no scores were below 8.2/10. Comments included these quotes:

  • “Facilitator competencies modelled very well”. “The facilitation in the morning was superb.”
  • “Very interesting and was good to see the (facilitation) style modelled”
  • “The facilitators were experienced, current and supportive” - experienced facilitator
  • “Well-led sessions which modelled good facilitation techniques, enabling participants to learn from the experience of others.” - experienced facilitator
  • “Reading material very interesting and relevant and an excellent range of usable ideas”
  • “I enjoyed think pieces and they prepared me well for the morning session” - exp. facilitator
  • “Relevant activities throughout”. “A very enjoyable and reflective day!”
  • “Good balance of reflection and new learning” - experienced facilitator
  • “I now have a much clearer view of what I need to do.”
  • “Thank you for an engaging day!” - experienced facilitator


Participants: Leaders of CPD and all NPQ Facilitators

Minimum group size: In order to achieve the learning objectives, it is recommended that the group size exceeds 20.

DateMonday 3rd December 2018

Timing: 09.15 arrival and registration for a 09.30 start. Close at 16.00

Location: Hilton Maidstone, Bearsted Road, Maidstone, ME14 5AA

Facilitators: Denise Danielsen (Lead Facilitator - NPQSL), Beth Mackay (Lead Facilitator - NPQML), Catherine St. Ville (Continuous Quality Improvement Lead)

Booking, ideally by Monday 26th November, and general queries to enquiries@LLSE.org.uk