Thinking about how I work with other professionals
Thinking about how I work with other professionals

Start this free course now. Just create an account and sign in. Enrol and complete the course for a free statement of participation or digital badge if available.

Free course

Thinking about how I work with other professionals

4 Identifying constraints in your setting and improving practice

4.1 Thinking about constraints within your setting

Activity 6

Timing: 0 hours 40 minutes

The objectives of this activity are:

  • to identify constraints within your setting;

  • to see where you might want to change your practice (or underpinning values and beliefs).

If you are a team leader, write a description of how, given an ‘ideal’ context you would like to work with other professionals. Otherwise, imagine you are a team leader and write a description of your ideal approach to working with others. Make a note of any constraints that result in aspects of practice being less than ideal in your view. Think about the values and practices in your setting relating to teamwork. How would you like to see practice improved or changed over the next two years? You might like to record your examples in a table like the one below. Aim to include at least two examples.

Example of key issue or area of practiceStrengthsArea for developmentHow it could be improved and whyValues/views of good practice


Jane, a teaching assistant, wrote the following description of her ideal approach to working with others.

I would ensure that I work collaboratively with any other professionals I come into contact with, such as the SENCO, Ofsted inspector, health visitor, speech therapist and class teacher. We would have a sharing of information, verbally and on paper, and I would ensure that they had ‘open access’ to arrange meetings with me (at times when the children were able to be supervised by another adult). My record keeping would also be a way of showing how I could become the child's key worker while they were in my setting. I would keep a log of all the documentation for the child, which would be important for their transition to another setting, or if the child has any social, emotional or educational difficulties. I would also make sure that I have policy documents to show other professionals and parents, on areas such as parent partnership. These documents would reflect practice in my setting.

Having core values and beliefs and translating them into practice is not always as straightforward as it sounds. Working as a successful team can be difficult to achieve. Empowerment of individuals is the key characteristic of successful group dynamics.


Take your learning further

Making the decision to study can be a big step, which is why you'll want a trusted University. The Open University has 50 years’ experience delivering flexible learning and 170,000 students are studying with us right now. Take a look at all Open University courses.

If you are new to University-level study, we offer two introductory routes to our qualifications. You could either choose to start with an Access module, or a module which allows you to count your previous learning towards an Open University qualification. Read our guide on Where to take your learning next for more information.

Not ready for formal University study? Then browse over 1000 free courses on OpenLearn and sign up to our newsletter to hear about new free courses as they are released.

Every year, thousands of students decide to study with The Open University. With over 120 qualifications, we’ve got the right course for you.

Request an Open University prospectus371