Expert group calls for new ways to improve teacher training and sharing of expertise

On Monday 7 September the Teachers’ Professional Development Expert Group released a major Call for Evidence to ask the sector for its views on how to construct a new Teachers’ Professional Development Standard.

Recent research has shown that many common approaches to professional development aren’t effectively helping teachers and pupils. The group is setting out to find ways to make sure every teacher has access to high quality on-the-job support and are able to draw upon the best evidence and expertise.

Formed at the invitation of the Department for Education, the independent group is putting together a series of recommendations about how to ensure that every school can provide the sorts of professional learning opportunities to help young people succeed and teachers to thrive in their jobs.

The new Standard will aim to set out a clear description of effective practice in professional development for teachers, helping them understand aspects of good-quality professional development, clarifying some common misconceptions and complementing the existing teachers' standard.

By improving collaboration and access to evidence and expertise, the new Standard can help transform work-place learning in schools, raising teachers’ morale and sense of professionalism.

The group’s Chair, Teacher Development Trust Chief Executive, David Weston, said: “We want to formulate a new Standard for Professional Development which is valued by our professional colleagues. Our priority is to listen carefully to teachers, school leaders and CPD providers to understand everyone’s aspirations, concerns and suggestions so that the new Standard represents the best of our profession, inspired by the best ideas and firmly rooted in the practical realities of busy school life.”

The group has put together five key questions in the Call for Evidence for the sector to help us gather the best ideas and case studies. 

They are very grateful and keen to hear from those with an interest in on or more of these constituencies by submitting their responses to the Teachers’ Professional Development Expert Group.

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