Introducing the NTEN

The new National Teacher Enquiry Network is aiming to help schools access, develop and share evidence-based best practice in CPD. David Weston explains

THIS SUMMER, the Teacher Development Trust (TDT) launched its National Teacher Enquiry Network (NTEN) to help schools across the UK share and develop world-class practice in the CPD of teachers in order to bring about profound and lasting improvement to schools and learners.

Sir Michael Barber’s much-vaunted message that “the quality of an education system cannot exceed the quality of its teachers” (1) is a powerful one that has led many school leaders and policy-makers to throw more initiatives and training at teachers in order to make them “better”.

However, Professor Viviane Robinson’s research (2) shows quite clearly that focusing on “making teachers teach better” is only half as effective a leadership activity than leading teacher learning and building capacity for collaborative professional development.

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