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A teacher who has been recognized through external assessment as having excellent classroom practice. The teacher must pass a national assessment and subsequently be appointed to an AST role. This scheme was introduced to reward the very best teachers who wish to remain in the classroom rather than being promoted up the management scale or taking on extra responsibilities for additional payment. ASTs should have 80 per cent of their timetable given over to supporting other teachers within their own or other schools; to helping colleagues to develop their skills; and to sharing excellent practice, approaches, and ideas.

They receive additional payment on a separate pay scale, and increased non‐contact time in order to carry out their AST duties. These duties often involve supporting staff in other local schools, but can also include activities such as: producing high‐quality teaching materials for use in their own and other schools; teaching ‘model’ lessons with staff observing; observing lessons and advising other teachers on good classroom practice and lesson planning; supporting and mentoring teachers who are experiencing difficulties; participating in the induction and mentoring of newly qualified teachers; leading professional research groups or working parties; supporting professional development through performance management and quality assurance systems.

producing high‐quality teaching materials for use in their own and other schools;

teaching ‘model’ lessons with staff observing;

observing lessons and advising other teachers on good classroom practice and lesson planning;

supporting and mentoring teachers who are experiencing difficulties;

participating in the induction and mentoring of newly qualified teachers;

leading professional research groups or working parties;

supporting professional development through performance management and quality assurance systems.

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Isabella Wallace

Subjects: Education.


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