The United Arab Emirates has implemented its plan for 'First-Rate Education', which outlines dramatic reforms to the curriculum, improving teaching through professional development and a commitment to developing 21st Century skills in schools.
Alongside numerous priorities and pressures, schools are expecting yet further financial limitations, so it is easy to see how professional learning might slip down the ‘to do’ list. Yet when professional development is carried out well, it is the most effective tool for raising pupil outcomes. Not only that, it also builds teacher morale and self-efficacy, writes Bridget Clay of the Teacher Development Trust
If the quality of teaching that children experience is the most important factor in their attainment, why has there traditionally been so little emphasis on professional development for educators? The Sutton Trust’s Lee Elliot Major discusses the key elements of effective performance management