If professional development enables teachers to improve their pedagogical practice, then it can be seen as successful. Yet so much professional development can be ineffective, time-consuming and costly and ultimately has little impact on the daily practice of teachers and thus the experience afforded to students.
At my school, Uppingham Community College, we have been on a journey of professional development over the last few years, inspired by the idea that: “Every teacher needs to improve, not because they are not good enough, but because they can be even better.” (Wiliam, 2012).
We believe that every student has the right to have the best possible learning experience regardless of which teacher happens to be timetabled for them.
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