Tuesday 20 October 2020

Action Planning for Councillors using Action Learning

East Midlands Councils is running a free action planning session, which will provide an opportunity for Councillors to experience directly how action learning works and understand what the benefits are of working with fellow Councillors using action learning to make progress on issues.

The taster session will allow each Councillor the time to work on an issue they wish to make progress on.  By the end of the session each Councillor will have been able to develop an action plan unique to their issue.

Places on this action planning session are limited to 8, which will ensure that each Councillor has dedicated time and space to work through their specific issue using action learning, in the busy world of a Councillor a unique opportunity!

This half day session aims to enable Councillors to understand the principles of Action Learning and how individuals and authorities can benefit from the positive and empowering impact, that working within an Action Learning set can provide.   

By the end of the session participants will:

  • Have had the opportunity to work on their own issue using Action Learning and will have been able to develop an action plan to tackle their identified issue
  • Understand the principles of action learning
  • Reflect on the benefits of being part of an action learning set
  • Understand and experience the role and impact of questioning insight in understanding problems presented (and how to deal with future problems)
  • Reflect on their future action learning needs

What are the benefits of action learning?

  • provides an opportunity for individuals to make progress on a current challenge
  • techniques to aid in the understanding of current and future issues
  • provides a supportive, yet challenging environment
  • development of skills such as;
    • Problem solving
    • Critical reflection
    • Questioning insight
    • Giving and receiving support
  • Way of working that enables people to work productively together on solving problems

Why not take part in the taster session to discover what Action Learning is all about and how it can help you and/or people in your organisation.

What is action learning?

Action Learning is a reflective and questioning technique developed to aid in the understanding of problems experienced in a work environment.  Action learning uses questioning insight to explore problems and identify options to deal with issues and actions to be taken.

Action learning involves a group of people working on real issues in their authority, with the intention of making things happen.  It allows individuals to relate issues they have in a supportive environment and explore their issue in depth.  Individuals make a commitment to tackle their own issue and to support other set members in understanding their issues and challenges.  

Action Learning sets usually have between 6-8 people, meeting every 6-8 weeks over the course of a year for half a day each time.  For those interested East Midlands Councils can facilitate further action learning set meetings, with dates and timings being agreed with the individuals involved.

This event will be of interest to those:

Councillors in the East Midlands

For further details about the session or the opportunities for Action Learning contact Kirsty Lowe on


or call 01664 502 637.

Event Date

11 December 2014, 10:00 – 13.00


East Midlands Councils, Pera Business Park, Melton Mowbary, Leicestershire, LE13 0PB


This taster session is free to Councillors in the East Midlands, although space is limited, with only 8 places available.

How to book your place

To book your place please contact Kirsty Lowe, Kirsty.lowe@emcouncils.gov.uk

What our previous customers have said about their Action Learning experiences with us….

“a very professional and well managed programme which we all found extremely useful” 

“I have learnt to see issues/problems as “new” experiences that, once resolved, will add to my knowledge and skill base” 

“These sessions have been instrumental in providing a safe challenge - and -support environment enabling the development of the cohort”.

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