Our approach

A key objective of BRIDGE is to link people and spread successful practice. One way in which BRIDGE does this is through Communities of Practice, which connect practitioners and other stakeholders in education. Members engage in facilitated meetings and discuss topics of interest, share working practice and resources, and collaborate in innovative ways.

BRIDGE provides the infrastructure, planning, facilitation, reporting and knowledge management required for a successful Community of Practice. During the life-cycle of a Community of Practice, action groups form to take forward particular issues or ideas. These emerge from the main community and report back to the main community.

BRIDGE’s approach to its Communities of Practice has the following features:


Communities of Practice include those people most affected by a situation.


In the education sector this covers a range of groupings, including civil society, academics, business, funders, teachers, learners, principals, parents, research organisations, unions, and government at local, provincial and national levels.

Methodological Approach

Community of Practice facilitation follows a particular methodological approach and a structured framework and is carried out by trained process facilitators.  Link to BRIDGE Methodology.

Common outcomes

BRIDGE Communities of Practice have defined outcomes for collaborative processes, which are measured and tracked. Link to BRIDGE Outcomes.

Communities may also develop their own specific outcomes for the focus area of a particular Community of Practice.


BRIDGE invests in ongoing processes, where continuity is vital. Communities of Practice are not one-off engagements, but a series of consecutive interactions that build on each other to achieve greater impact.

Contextualised in national and provincial policy frameworks

The work of Communities of Practice is contextualised within policy frameworks. The communities operate nationally, at a district level and provincially, with linkages established among those levels. Linking different levels of the system is key to creating links between policy and practice.

If you want to read more about BRIDGE’s methodology for its Communities of Practice, read  ‘The BRIDGE Way: BRIDGE Communities for Effective Practice’ (July 2011).

Our Communities of Practice [2015]



Learner Support

School Leadership

Teacher Development

Online Community

BRIDGE shares knowledge, working practice and resources within the education community in the interests of improving teaching and learning. Our online community is one way in which we do this.

The online community is your space for connecting with a network of people across education sectors. Here are some of the ways you can interact:

  • initiate conversations on hot topics
  • respond to any updates or resources put out by BRIDGE
  • share your own resources with others in the interests of spreading good practice
  • join special interest groups, or start your own
  • keep up to date and react to the work of BRIDGE’s Communities of Practice
  • create blogs and start wikis.

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The ECD CoP provides the platform for excellent networking, sharing and feedback opportunities, as well as valuable discussion with stakeholders working in a similar field.

Vanessa Hart, Cotlands