in-service education of teachers

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Now often referred to as continuing professional development, INSET is the provision of professional education, training, and updating for teachers already employed in schools or colleges. It takes a wide range of forms, from formal provision such as part‐time study for a postgraduate degree in education, to development days in school run by the teachers themselves. Such days are sometimes still referred to colloquially as ‘Baker days’ after Kenneth Baker, who, as Secretary of State for Education under the 1980s Thatcher administration, instigated the inclusion of five non‐contact days (days when teachers are in school but pupils do not attend) each academic year for the purposes of INSET. Professional development is also provided by advanced skills teachers, by local authority advisory services, through attendance at conferences, and at short courses run by or on behalf of the Department for Children, Schools, and Families.

Subjects: Education.

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