The new curriculum will succeed only through the passion and commitment of our teaching profession.
But I understand that passion must be supported by professional learning if we’re to realise the curriculum’s potential for our pupils.
And amongst the many important factors in bringing that about is funding. That’s why we have allocated the biggest single financial investment in professional learning for all practitioners since devolution, funding that is already being spent and will run for two more years.
We are also making available extra Inset days, the first taking place in the Summer term when all schools will explore the new curriculum using free national resources that will be available on Hwb. Here is my letter to Heads which explains in full.
More widely, extensive resources are being developed. Free digital resources will save schools from incurring external expenditure, and schools will be able to choose the most appropriate for their purposes using a new tool that will be available soon – the Professional Learning Journey.
The resources complement the cross-regional professional learning programme offered by the regional consortia and the more localised cluster collaborations that can be so powerful.
I am pleased that a coherent package of support for teachers, built on a strategic National Approach to Professional Learning, will help prepare all our teaching practitioners for the exciting next steps ahead.
Examples of how schools have already used funding creatively will feature soon on this blog. But for now here’s a great film showing how Fitzalan High School have been developing Professional Learning as an ‘Innovation School’.
Director, Education Department.