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ERIC Number: ED539437
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Feb
Pages: 24
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Initial and Continuing Staff Development for Teaching Staff in Scottish Further Education Colleges
Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education
This report examines the current position in Scottish further education colleges regarding professional development for those staff whose roles include teaching and the management of teaching and learning. The report: (1) identifies general categories of professional development in which it is appropriate for these staff to participate; (2) describes how colleges identify and meet staff development requirements to enable staff to carry out their professional roles effectively; (3) explores how effective colleges are in making appropriate staff development opportunities available to their staff; (4) explores how colleges evaluate the impact of staff development, and (5) makes recommendations for future action. In preparing the report HMIE drew on evidence from: (1) visits to six colleges in October and November 2004, in which HMIE staff interviewed senior managers and groups of staff and examined documentation; (2) evidence from the 13 college reviews which took place in the year 2003-04, and (3) Professional Development Award (PDA) reports for 2003-04 submitted to the FE Professional Development Forum. Overall, colleges had robust and effective arrangements for initial and continuing professional development for teaching staff and those managing the teaching process. A substantial number of colleges had well-developed and fully-implemented arrangements. The remainder had at least adequate arrangements and were at various stages of improving them. All colleges had appropriate strategies for developing their arrangements. Examples of good practice are appended.
Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education. Denholm House Almondvale Business Park, Almondvale Way, Livingston, EH54 6GA, UK. Tel: +44-014-1282-5000; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education (HMIe) (Scotland)
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)