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A period of leave, with full pay, for the purpose of undertaking research or a course of study, or to write for publication. This arrangement is rarely available now outside higher education; and even within that sector it is less common in some institutions than others. The original meaning conveyed by the word is of something which occurs every seven years, although current practice is much more variable. In the 1960s and 1970s it was not unusual for teachers in schools to be granted year‐long sabbaticals, funded by their local authority, to undertake professional development activity such as, for non‐graduates, the gaining of a degree. More recently, in 2001, the Department for Education and Skills introduced short, six‐week centrally funded secondments for teachers to undertake development activities which will enhance their subject knowledge or the effectiveness of their performance. See also continuing professional development.

Subjects: Human Resource Management — Education.

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