© Robert Anasch

Where small groups of learners meet regularly to reflect on real work issues

The basic philosophy is that the most effective learning takes place when we are faced with a real problem which we need to solve.

It’s an exciting and rewarding process of collaborative learning that works in a range of settings – both within and across organisations.


Peta is a pleasure to work with. Her professional and personable approach towards her work and her clients ensures very high standards and objectives are met, which provides me as the client with full confidence in her ability to deliver.

Astrid Kirchner
Head of Learning and Leadership Development EMEA Enterprise, Bank of America Merill Lynch


Action Learning involves working on real problems, focusing on learning and actually implementing solutions. It is a form of learning by doing, with the input and support of peers.

Pioneered by Professor Reg Revans and developed worldwide since the late 1940s, Action Learning provides a well-tried method of accelerating learning that enables people to handle complex issues more effectively.

I have facilitated Action Learning sets in different environments, including those for managers within the Children and Young People’s Service at Lambeth Council; for participants on the Institute of Chartered Accountants F-Ten leadership development programme; and for Lloyds Bank Foundation programme participants.

“Anyone with gumption and a sharp mind will take the measure of two things: what’s said  and what’s done.”

Seamus Heaney, Poet

Action Learning case studies

Lloyds Bank Foundation work with small and local charities helping people overcome complex social issues. Sweetie were appointed to facilitate action learning sessions throughout 2020.

The Institute of Chartered Accountants is a membership organisation that supports chartered accountants. Sweetie delivered action learning sets for their new F-Ten leaders programme.