Professional Development

Professional Development Is School Improvement

Graham Handscomb explores the fundamental relationship between professional development and school improvement.

Core contribution

We rather take for granted nowadays the link that is regularly made between professional development and its contribution to school improvement. Long gone are the days when professional development was experienced as isolated external courses teachers happened to alight upon, which had little lasting effect on them … and next to no impact on the school. Perhaps something of a turning point came at the turn of the century with the then government’s Strategy for Professional Development1. Soon afterwards, with this strategy in mind, Ofsted conducted a review into effective continuing professional development (CPD) and made what was to become a persisting fundamental link with school improvement:

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