New teachers to gain extra support

Programme will target disadvantaged schools where teachers lack time for CPD

Mark Smulian

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Early career teachers are set to gain access to expert support this autumn, under a new project launched by the Education Development Trust and Chartered College of Teaching.

The "Accelerate" project will provide new teachers with evidence-informed content, specialist instructional coaching and peer-to-peer support through practice communities.

The programme, which is funded by the Department for Education's teaching and leadership innovation fund, will target up to 1,500 teachers in schools chosen as the most likely to benefit from this support.

These are schools with higher levels of disadvantage, higher proportions of inexperienced teachers and staff turnover and limited professional development capacity.

Matt Davis, UK director at Education Development Trust, said: “Accelerate is evidence based and has been designed around what works.

“We have deliberately focused on developing capacity from within the system to ensure that impact is sustainable; we will be working with groups of schools across England as both partners and beneficiaries of this really exciting programme.”

He said the trust and the college brought “different but complementary strengths to the programme”.

Chartered College of Teaching chief executive Dame Alison Peacock said: “We know that early career teachers are most likely to describe their workload as being unmanageable.

“As a result, learning and development can often be the first to fall by the wayside, with the average teacher in England spending only four days on CPD per year.

"We want to ensure that teachers are provided with the tools and opportunity to develop their learning and to work in the most informed way.”

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