Justine Greening makes announcements on teacher development
February 17, 2017
Speaking at the Chartered College of Teaching national conference, the Secretary of State for Education, Justine Greening, made a number of announcements about professional development for teachers and school leaders:
Qualified teacher status (QTS) will be retained and a “newly strengthened QTS” will be in place from September 2019.
Recently redeveloped national professional qualifications (NPQs) for middle and senior leaders will be available from this September. For the first time, this will include executive leaders. There will be a stronger emphasis on the use of evidence and support for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
Applications will open for the first round of the £75 million teaching and innovation fund, with a focus on ‘opportunity areas’; £10 million from the fund will be set aside to incentivise take-up of the NPQs in challenging areas.
The Department for Education (DfE) will shortly be publishing the outcome of its teacher workload survey alongside an action plan which will include support for schools on tackling workload.
Greening said that her department would have “a new focus on ensuring all teachers have a clear and supported pathway” with clarity about the career pathways available.
Discussion about continuing professional development (CPD) should form a part of headteacher performance management. Governing boards also need to ensure that all staff have access to high quality CPD appropriate to their stage in their career. It is useful to discuss the whole school approach and get feedback from teachers on an annual basis.