Following last week's Bett education conference, Jim Knight, chief education adviser to the TES’s parent company, TES Global, and a former Labour minister of state for schools, has spoken out about the importance of maintaining initial teacher training (ITT) and continuing professional development (CPD) for teachers.
Bett Show is the world's leading education technology event and is held in the UK. The conference introduced a range of technologies that have been developed to make teaching more efficient. This was a trend of many products showcased at the event.
Mr Knight has spoken of the benefit of these new technologies, but says that more needs to be done to ensure that these products also empower teachers to keep learning. In a publication on TES he said: "I would love to see more ed tech to empower teachers in this way, to connect and to enable them to find their own ways that suit their own needs and professionalism. All professionals need to keep learning, and normally that is best achieved by learning from each other."
Within the article, Mr Knight suggests that further career progression options should be made available to teachers rather than just a move into leadership. "Isn’t it time that we embedded a new career option by accrediting and rewarding "master teachers" alongside teaching schools?" he said.
While he notes the benefits of technology for education and the ongoing need for this, Mr Knight states that rewarding mastery through ITT and CPD is still of the utmost importance for a credible and practical approach to nurturing teacher talent.
Posted by Tim Colman