Professional Standards for Teachers and School Leaders: A Key to School Improvement

Professional Standards for Teachers and School Leaders: A Key to School Improvement

Professional Standards for Teachers and School Leaders: A Key to School Improvement

Professional Standards for Teachers and School Leaders: A Key to School Improvement


What do the professional standards mean for teachers and school leaders? Everyone working in education needs a clear understanding of the professional standards required of teachers and school leaders. Written by a team of expert and well-respected contributors, this book provides the definitive guide to the standards that are now widely used for initial teacher training, induction, continuing professional development and performance management. In addition it covers the standards for subject leaders, which underpin the national programme for subject leaders, and the standards for headteachers, which are now used as an essential requirement for headship. The main element of each of the standards reflects the broad dimensions of teaching and leadership, covering everything from planning and assessing learning to relations with the wider community and managing one's own performance and development. Clearly explaining the nature of the standards the writers demonstrate how they relate to the real world of teaching and leadership and point out key issues for the future. The final chapters of the book set the application of standards into a more critical framework and suggest how the standards can meet future as well as current needs.


The Hay Group is a professional services firm that helps organisations worldwide get the most from their people. It has undertaken two major research and development projects for the tta and the DfES since 1998.

The argument of this chapter is that Hay Group's research adds a dimension to the understanding of professional effectiveness in schools. the National Standards provide one aspect of what teachers and headteachers need to do at work; Hay's research provides a picture of how they can be effective. More importantly, perhaps, Hay has developed ways in which professionals can assess the impact of what they do on the colleagues or students they lead. We believe that this is an invaluable addition to the ways in which individuals can plan their personal development so as to focus developmental effort and maximise the benefits for pupil progress. in the final analysis, however, professional standards and the various elements of Hay Group research are mutually supportive in helping to provide a route map for the continuing development of the teaching profession.

It's not what you do, it's the way that you do it

Think of a really good waiter. What makes him good at his job? the chances are that it would not take long to come up with a list of words like warm, sociable, responsive, attentive and, perhaps, co-ordinated or dexterous. But what about things like good at food hygiene, thorough knowledge of health and safety standards, or cellar management? the last three are, of course, very important, if you do not want to poison your customers or give them corked wine - but would they spring to mind first? Given a set of basic skills, it is the waiter who really wants to do the job well that strikes you as more effective. the waiter with perfect technical skills but an icy disregard for diners' enjoyment is less likely to entice you back into the restaurant.

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