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New teaching college unveiled to raise CPD standards

23/03/2015 Kelly
Plans have been outlined for a new, independent college of teaching aimed at raising the status of the profession.

The institution could assume responsibility for areas such as professional standards and continuous professional development (CPD), moving control away from the government and towards teachers.

It forms part of a number of measures unveiled by the coalition to ensure the teaching profession is on a par with other sectors such as law and medicine.

Up to £5 million is to be provided to establish the first phase of a new professional development fund. This will support more high-quality, evidence-based and rigorously evaluated CPD programmes.

Education secretary Nicky Morgan said the fund "will provide more teachers with access to the types of high-quality professional development opportunities that teachers and school leaders have told us they want and that will place the teaching profession in England on a par with the best in the world and ensure our children get the best possible education".

An expert group is to be set up to create a new standard for CPD, which will ensure teachers are better informed about the development options open to them.

In addition, an online development portal will enable teachers to access and share properly evaluated and quality-assured evidence and research about the approaches to professional development that will have the biggest impact.

The coalition says the measures are partly intended to give something back to the teaching profession, which has undergone a number of major reforms since 2010. The government intends to cut teachers' workloads to ensure they can focus on essential tasks.

Schools are also to be given more notice of significant changes to the curriculum, exams and accountability. Major changes will not be made to qualifications in the academic year or during a course, unless there are urgent reasons for doing so.

Ofsted has also pledged not to change its handbook or framework during the school year, except when absolutely necessary, and to keep updating the new myths and facts document.

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