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Effective CPD: A guide to professional learning networks

This article tackles five questions to help you evaluate whether your school is making the most out of professional learning networks. Michelle Barker also shares recommendations for leaders on how to establish, grow and sustain networks that work


There is growing recognition for the potential of teacher collaboration, both as a key component of and catalyst for the positive school working conditions that are associated with student attainment.

This drive for structured collaboration with expert guidance and networking both within and between schools is reflected across the system, for example in the Department for Education’s new Teaching School Hubs programme (2020a) which seeks to “create a national network of centres of excellence for teacher training and development”.

At the Teacher Development Trust (TDT), a charity for effective professional development in schools, we work with schools to support effective collaboration that builds staff learning environments and strengthens cultures.

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