Golden Thread of

Professional Development

The Department for Education’s (DfE) Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategy sets out an aspiration that every teacher, at every stage of their career, is supported and encouraged to not just to stay in teaching, but to thrive. The quality of this support also serves to attract more new entrants to the profession, tackling challenges with teacher supply.

Teaching School Hubs are the national network that achieve this aspiration. Hubs are school-led centres of excellence for teacher and leadership training and development, supporting teachers and leaders at all stages of their careers. They draw on their expertise and local knowledge to play a leading role in workforce planning and development in their areas.

The “golden thread” of professional development covers the development journey from initial teacher training, early career support through the stages of school leadership. The aim is to provide all teachers with a planned route for key professional development that is appropriate to career stage, builds upon the best evidence and provides opportunities for implementation in the classroom and school context as they progress.

As a result, schools and trusts will have confidence that all their educators, from early career teachers to leaders of multiple schools, are building and developing their practice from the same evidence-based framework with familiar language and concepts across the whole sector.

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