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How to unleash subject leaders

The way CPD is viewed in schools has undergone a sea change, with additional time increasingly being given to departmental heads to develop their teams. Mark Enser explores how you can lead the way

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At the start of my teaching career, departmental meetings were relatively short affairs. We spent them having a bit of a moan about our days and then looking through some upcoming lessons.

As a new teacher, the time spent looking over the lessons was invaluable, as it meant that I could draw on the experience of others in the department, get an idea of the misconceptions pupils were likely to have and hear how to explain difficult concepts.

Over time, meetings became longer, but sadly less useful. The problem was that, as accountability measures increased, meetings became more focused on ...

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