Early Professional Development has recently been recognized throughout the UK as a key area for improving the quality of teaching and learning in schools. All teachers need support to move from novice to expert. Set out here is a range of articles to help them achieve that goal. Included are practical strategies for investigating classrooms, ideas about teaching and learning, and key debates concerning professional development, all selected with the aim of moving classroom practice forward. This book offers teachers the opportunity to explore the latest debates on professional development as well as providing practical tips for use in the classroom, and is a rich resource for those teachers committed to developing their teaching for the benefit of their pupils.
Frank Banks has taught in primary and secondary schools England and Wales. He is currently Senior Lecturer and a Sub-Dean at The Open University, and a visiting professor at Staffordshire University. Ann Shelton Mayes is Senior Lecturer at The Open University and PGCE Programme Director.