Dr Kulvarn Atwal

Session title

Developing a Dynamic Learning Community

09:30 - 10.30am

Keynote Overview:

Participants will learn about: 

· The power of staff professional learning.

· The value and importance of developing ‘thinking teachers’.

· Creating an expansive collaborative learning environment in schools.

· Formal and informal professional learning activities.

· The development of a dynamic learning community.


Dr. Kulvarn Atwal completed his PGCE at the University of East London in 1999 and has worked in 4 East London schools. He began studying for his Masters in Education in his NQT year and has been a passionate advocate of teacher engagement in research. In 2016, Kulvarn completed his Professional Doctorate in Education, and his thesis investigated the factors that impact upon 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.

For the past nine years he has been Head Teacher at Highlands Primary School and is currently also Head Teacher at Uphall Primary School. In 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 Highlands was recognised by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, as one of the highest performing primary schools in London for pupil progress. In 2019 he published his first book, The Thinking School – Developing a Dynamic Learning Community.  In 2021 the school was also awarded the Mayor of London’s Schools for Success Award.

Dr Kulvarn Atwal