Teacher Professional Learning Strategy

The Department has been engaged with key stakeholders to build consensus around a vision for Teacher Professional Learning. Consequently, on 11 March 2016, the Education Minister John O'Dowd, launched the Teacher Professional Learning Strategy which sets out a framework for the way forward.

The Way Forward

The Teacher Professional Learning Strategy document sets out a strategic vision for the future which is:

Every teacher is a learning leader, accomplished in working collaboratively with all partners in the interests of children and young people.

Underpinning this vision there are three key strategic objectives:

  • the development of an agreed Teacher Professional Learning Framework;
  • the promotion of collaborative working and sharing of best practice through professional learning communities and networks; and
  • the strengthening of leadership capacity in our schools.

The Strategy document represents the starting point of a process of engagement, consensus, and implementation. Next steps will include the development of a coherent career-long teacher professional learning framework which will support teachers and schools to identify and, where possible, lead their own development. The Strategy includes an Action Plan for Year One, with the intention of further Action Plans to be published annually.

Hard Copies of the Teacher Professional Learning Strategy will  be issued to all schools and other key stakeholders.


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