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How to … own your continuing professional development

John Blanchard shows how using action research, training opportunities and formal study can be used as ways of continuing to learn about learning, teaching and leadership.

With the passage of time the world of education changes, your school changes, you and your colleagues change, and your pupils change. You cannot ever have a repertoire of teaching or leadership skills and qualities guaranteed to suit every situation you face. It makes sense to keep thinking about how your pupils might learn more effectively and how your colleagues and teams might continue to adapt and evolve. As a teacher your core task is to help your pupils learn as well as they can. As a leader, manager, mentor, teacher educator, adviser or consultant your core task is to help pupils learn by helping teachers teach as well as they can.  This HOW TO piece focuses on how a range of activities can contribute to this ongoing professional learning.

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