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Correct the disconnect: An ethnographic study of a dual stream approach to practitioner development

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Matthew Tragheim, Head of Maths, Wayfield Primary School, UK Tamara Hunter, Deputy Head, Barnhurst Primary School, UK In 2020, education leaders across the UK were rapidly responding to the ever-changing permutations of COVID-19. Distributed leadership, blended learning models and creative curriculums flourished. However, early career teachers and subject leaders faced many challenges: effective reporting, digital fluency and direct in-school experience, among others. They needed accessible, low-threat and high-impact experiences where they could develop pedagogical knowledge and practitioner skills without fear of failure – an environment where they could gradually develop their craft. This research article will review and evaluate data collected from cohorts of a dual stream practitioner development programme spanning two years (2020–22). A dual stream programme is a two-tier development initiative, one for experienced practitioners and the other for early career teachers (E

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