advisory service

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The education departments of local authorities usually offer an advisory service to schools in order to support them in meeting national standards in teaching and learning and in school management. Those carrying out this work may be full‐time advisers or, in some cases, advisory teachers. The advisory service is normally responsible for providing continuing professional development, such as updating on national initiatives, for teachers within the authority; and will also carry out trial‐run ‘inspections’ to aid schools preparing for imminent Ofsted inspections. One of its additional functions may be to place advisers in schools temporarily to carry out essential roles, such as head teacher or subject leader, where this is deemed necessary.

Subjects: Education.

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