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A title awarded to outstanding teachers in colleges of further education in acknowledgement of their skills at teaching and supporting learning. APs are usually expected to take on the role of mentor to newly appointed teachers or those with professional development needs, and to contribute generally to the professional development of colleagues within their institution. In this sense, the role may be seen as roughly equivalent to that of excellent teacher in the schools sector. Unlike teachers with an advanced skills teacher role in schools, the AP is not required to contribute to local authority led professional development, since colleges of education fall outside local authority remit.

Subjects: Education.

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