TES are reporting that new government guidance says school leaders must prioritise teachers’ CPD.
The guidance, published today by the Department for Education, is based on the recommendations of an expert group chaired by David Weston, chief executive of the Teacher Development Trust. It was tasked by ministers with producing a new standard for teachers’ professional development.
The group warned in a letter to schools minister Nick Gibb that although there were “pockets” of excellent teacher development across the country, some was “narrow” and made up of “stale, irrelevant and one-off events”.
“[Teachers] need readier access to evidence and expertise to allow them to make informed decisions about their professional development,” the letter to Mr Gibb said. “They need clear opportunities to develop their careers and be recognised for greater knowledge and expertise.”
In response, Mr Gibb has today published the new guidance, which says professional development for teachers should follow a new standard based on five rules:
It should focus on improving and evaluating pupils’ outcomes
It should be underpinned by robust evidence and expertise
It should include collaboration and expert challenge
Programmes should be sustained over time
Professional development must be prioritised by school leadership
How do you think professional development for teachers could be improved? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter. ~ Nellie
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