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A self-improving system needs self-improving teachers

A focus on improving our teachers’ professional development will have a positive knock-on effect for every learner in Scotland

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In 2011, Graham Donaldson published his Teaching Scotland’s Future (TSF) report on teacher education and professional development, from initial teacher education (ITE) through to experienced headteacher development. In 2012, the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) published its new Professional Standards. Both have since underpinned professional development in Scottish education. A good question to ask, as we approach the new school session, is what difference have they made?

The picture is mixed. Lots has happened since their publication. Certainly, ITE has seen big changes with the ...

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