The Professional Standards were developed in 2014 by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF). They were developed in consultation with practitioners and providers from across the sector, and define common expectations that:
The 20 teaching Professional Standards were written following an extensive review and consultation period across the Education and Training sector. Read the details of this work.
Based around three core pillars, the Professional Standards enable teachers and trainers to identify areas for their own professional development and provide a national reference point that organisations can use to support the development of their staff.
The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) has also created a differentiated structure to the Professional Standards, which provides a common language for understanding and communicating the career progression of teachers.
The Professional Standards Self-Assessment tool provides teachers with a simple, quick and effective way to understand how well they are currently performing against the professional standards. The ETF has also produced a Self-development guide, outlining how to make the most of the Professional Standards in teachers current setting.
The Professional Standards Research tool allows provides and interactive mapping of the 20 standards, drawn from research and other formal evidence. Teachers can use this tool to help demonstrate how they are continuing to develop their pedagogical skills and subject specialist knowledge in relation to the relevant standards.
In early 2020, new videos were launched illustrating how the Professional Standards can underpin a change in the way that staff development takes place. They focus on work at four provider institutions – Guernsey College, Lincoln College, MoD Lyneham and Waltham Forest College – that has transformed the way that professional development takes place, moving away from top-down performance management to put responsibility into the hands of practitioners. While each provider’s starting point, circumstances and story are certainly different, the benefits of engaging with the Professional Standards experienced at each have some striking similarities. The four videos can be watched on the ETF’s YouTube channel.