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Realising potential: The role of critical pedagogies in teacher CPD

Written by: Jen Simpson
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Jen Simpson, Project Manager, SAPERE, UK;  School Development Team, Cumbria County Council; freelance researcher in association with Development Education Research Centre, Institute of Education, UCL, UK School continuing professional development (CPD) spending has dropped by 40 per cent since 2018 (Weston, 2022), and budgets continue to tighten even though research evidence emphasises the vital impact of effective teacher professional development (EEF, 2021), especially in closing the disadvantage gap. This article highlights some of the key findings from my small research study funded by the British Council programme ‘Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning’ (CCGL). It explored the transformative potential of teacher CPD that utilises critical pedagogies to enhance student awareness and critical understanding of global issues. It focused on the pedagogical approaches of Philosophy for Children (P4C) and Global Learning (GL), which not only draw on critical thinking but ar

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