Best Practice

Introducing the National Teacher Enquiry Network

The new National Teacher Enquiry Network is aiming to help schools access, develop and share evidence-based best practice in CPD. David Weston explains.

This summer, the Teacher Development Trust (TDT) launched its National Teacher Enquiry Network (NTEN) to help schools across the UK share and develop world-class practice in the CPD of teachers in order to bring about profound and lasting improvement to schools and learners.

Sir Michael Barber’s much-vaunted message that “the quality of an education system cannot exceed the quality of its teachers” (1) is a powerful one that has led many school leaders and policy-makers to throw more initiatives and training at teachers in order to make them “better”.

The irony is that this approach continues to do little but lead to a loss of professionalism and autonomy, fuel stress levels, reduce motivation, and make it less likely that teachers will have the capacity to improve themselves.

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