The evidence is clear – the quality of teachers and teaching is one of the most important factors in raising outcomes, and disadvantaged pupils are disproportionally affected by the quality of teaching. Maria Cunningham looks at the role of CPD in narrowing the gaps

If there were more funds available to schools, 70 per cent of British parents would opt to spend the money on more teachers, or better pay for existing teachers.

This was the second highest proportion across 29 countries recently surveyed by the Varkey Foundation, and it shows that you don’t have to be working in education to recognise the simple fact that teachers matter. Not only that, but if we are to meet the needs of all learners, the quality of teaching matters.

You may well be familiar with the Teaching and Learning Toolkit published by the Sutton Trust and Durham University in 2011 – since hosted and extended by the Education Endowment Foundation.

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