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True teacher professional development is a peer-to-peer process

Top-down teacher learning and professional development no longer cut it on their own – if staff are to navigate the shifting sands of Scottish education, they need to be given ownership of CPD so that they can support one another, says Richard Holme

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Curriculum and policy in the Scottish education system appear to be changing faster than ever. Teachers are constantly trying to respond to the requirements laid down by management, government and, occasionally – when deemed appropriate – by the learners themselves.

Recent initiatives have included the introduction of Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) benchmarks, changes to national testing at secondary level and the highly controversial and much-maligned Scottish National Standardised Assessments for primary pupils.

The priorities within education also change rapidly. Around a decade ago, ...

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