Professional development and the teaching schools experiment in England: Leadership challenges in an alliance’s first year

Simon Dowling
This article reports findings from the first year of a longitudinal, mixed-methods case study of a large Teaching School Alliance in England. This national initiative is intended to drive improvement at system level by grouping schools around formally-designated Teaching Schools. These ‘alliances’ work collaboratively to share learning, excellent practice and innovative ideas, principally in teacher education and development. Focused on the influence of one alliance on continuing professional development, this study identified significant leadership challenges...
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