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Introduction: CPD Matters
Introduction: CPD matters

The improvement of training and development of heads, teachers and support staff is high on both national and local educational agendas, particularly as delegated budgets and devolved funding have enabled all schools to become self-managing and increasingly autonomous. Teachers, researchers, policy analysts and politicians argue that professionalism must increase if education is to improve. Throughout the western world, the professionalism of teachers has been placed under considerable pressure by the move towards centralized curricula and assessment, and the use of performance data and outcome measures as a means to account for and improve what goes on in classrooms.

This chapter provides the context and rationale for ...

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