- The most disadvantaged pupils can make 4 to 6 times their ‘normal’ expected progress when their teachers have been involved in high quality professional development and learning.
- English schools spend, on average, only 0.25% of their budgets, or £8 per pupil per year on developing the classroom skills of their teachers (less than the cost of a single textbook).
- In a snapshot of teacher’s training provision available nationwide, the TDA found that barely 1% was effective at transforming mediocre classroom practice in to highly effective teaching.
“In the United Kingdom…the quality and nature of continuing training available is very uneven”
We are world-renowned as among the most innovative nations in education, but also have the unenviable reputation as among the worst for systematically embedding these ideas in our schools and classrooms. We spend worryingly small amounts on helping our teachers improve, and, nationally, the majority of that is poorly chosen, ineffectively delivered, and superficially evaluated without thought as to whether it’s actually helping the pupils. Fortunately there is a great deal of hope as among our schools and improve programmes we have some of the best examples of how to do it right.
At the Teacher Development Trust we will ensure that policy-makers, schools, teachers and parents all understand how incredibly important and effective teachers’ professional development is to improve pupils’ learning, and to stimulate a demand for better standards. We’re ensuring access to the best training that the country has to offer via our new national database, GoodCPDGuide.com, and we’re driving up standards of the courses and consultancy on offer by publishing teacher reviews and creating a new ‘kite-mark’ style quality rating to highlight the best opportunities out there.
David challenged delegates to discuss ways that we can become the world leader in teacher professional development and learning in five years time, bearing in mind that Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Singapore are just some of the nations who are already way ahead of us in this field.
You can see tweets from the event here:
- Why CPD is key for our education system
- What is effective professional development (by Philippa Cordingley of CUREE)
- CPD in England: The good, the bad and the ugly
- CPD: the challenge, our proposals, and wider questions