Royal College of Teaching call at Tweet-Up

Calls for a Royal College of Teaching and a clear, national strategy for teachers' professional development were made at a Teacher Development Trust "Tweet-Up" last week.

Hosted in conjunction with SecEd, the event saw educationalists debating the question: How can we raise the status of the teaching profession?

A Tweet-Up sees a number of keynote speakers delivering 140-second addresses (to match the 140 characters of a Tweet) and debating questions with the audience. The audience, in turn, is encouraged to tweet from the debate and SecEd's Twitter feed, @SecEd_Education, was among those reporting live last Thursday, September 27.

Opening the discussions, John Bangs, a senior research associate at the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education, said that the conditions for a high status profession included self-efficacy linked with improved instructional practices. Distributed leadership and teacher leadership was vital too.

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