In September 2014 the Teacher Development Trust, with support from TES Global, commissioned a review of the international research into what constitutes effective professional development for teachers.

The review was conducted by an expert team of Professors Steve Higgins and Rob Coe of Durham University, Philippa Cordingley of CUREE and Professor Toby Greany of the UCL Institute of Education.

On June 9th 2015, TDT were proud to launch the review’s emerging findings: “Developing Great Teaching: Lessons from the international reviews into effective professional development”.

This important review of reviews provides a rigorous update and overview of the lessons that can be taken from the international reviews into effective professional development.

The key finding of the review was that professional development opportunities that are carefully designed and have a strong focus on pupil outcomes have a significant impact on student achievement.

The review has also been able to add crucial nuance and detail to the components that constitute this “careful design”, including the duration, structure, content and activities associated with effective professional development.

The review’s findings also give detail around the role of external facilitators, and some insight into the importance of leadership around professional development.

The full collection of STEM Learning impact and evaluation research reports can be viewed here.


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