• Let’s put teacher CPD at the heart of school improvement

    In an increasingly fragmented system, here’s how one part of the country has taken a joint approach to school improvement, explain Simon Faull and Simon Burgess In England we have a reasonably functional system of school accountability, using school performance tables and Ofsted inspections, which provide outcome and process oversight. While this system is often

    5.00 Mar. 17th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Arts-focused teacher development fund open for applications

    Schools can benefit from up to £150,000 in grant funding to boost arts-based teaching through partnerships with cultural organisations using the Teacher Development Fund. The fund, run by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, an independent grant-making organisation, is accepting applications from schools until March 23. Applications that support disadvantaged pupils and show potential for effective collaboration

    5.00 Feb. 24th, 2018 | News

  • Computing teachers to get 40 hours of training to upskill

    Computing teachers without qualifications in their subject will receive at least 40 hours of continuing professional development through an £84 million programme announced in the chancellor’s autumn budget. Nick Gibb, the schools minister, has shed further light on the government’s plans to “upskill” 8,000 computer science teachers. In a written answer to a question from

    11.23 Dec. 12th, 2017 | News

  • Why is the good CPD always on the weekend?

    We need to bring the buzz of weekend conferences to continuing professional development delivered during working hours, says Karen Wespieser As we reach the first half term of the new academic year, there have already been a series of high-profile education conferences. Nick Gibb and Justine Greening have given keynote speeches, and many hours of

    5.00 Oct. 21st, 2017 | Opinion

  • New National Institute of Education set up to help schools use apprenticeship levy

    A new National Institute of Education is being set up to run courses specifically aimed at helping schools to use the money they pay into the apprenticeship levy, Schools Week can reveal. Since April, many schools have paid money into the government’s apprenticeship levy. Those paying the levy can then claim funding back in order

    17.29 Oct. 2nd, 2017 | News

  • Teaching myths, debunked

    A new IPPR report, Beyond the Plateau, blames poor quality CPD for the fact that many teachers are not progressing to become the excellent teachers it claims they could be. The report’s author, Matt Hood, has today put forward proposals for an Institute of Advanced Education to help reverse the trend. Here he takes a closer look at what can be done.

    0.01 Jul. 19th, 2016 | Opinion