In the Autumn Budget 2017, Chancellor Philip Hammond announced a number of plans for education. They included £42 million to pilot a ‘teacher development premium’. This will test the impact of a £1,000 budget for high-quality professional development for teachers working in areas that have fallen behind
Commenting on the plans, Sir Kevan Collins, Chief Executive of the Education Endowment Foundation, said:
“We know that the quality of classroom teaching has by far the biggest impact on pupils, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Teachers are the true agents of social mobility. So it is right that the Treasury is investing serious money into the professional development of those that need it most.
“But however welcome, simply investing sums of money is never enough. To really make a difference, it is crucial that the £42m is spent on evidence-based methods of improving teaching. Schools should look at what has and hasn’t worked in the past to decide what is likely to have the biggest impact on their teachers and pupils.”