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Teacher education and Continuous Professional Development

The Scottish Government has recently initiated a review of teacher education. The remit is to consider the best arrangements for the full continuum of teacher education in Scotland. The review will consider initial teacher education, induction and professional development and the interaction between them. This recognises that a teacher's professional development does not end at graduation or at the end of induction but continues throughout his/her career.

There are currently pockets of excellent practice in sustainable development education and global citizenship within Initial Teacher Education courses. Through Curriculum for Excellence we aim to instil in student teachers the ability to highlight these very important themes right through the curriculum.

The Scottish Government supports the work done by International Development Education Association of Scotland (IDEAS) through the 'Taking a Global Approach to Initial Teacher Education (ITE)' initiative. The project brings together interested parties from each of the Teacher Education Institutions across Scotland, members of IDEAS and key stakeholders within education in order to make sustainable development education and global citizenship an integral part of the education of all student teachers in Scotland's universities.

The IDEAS Network held the project's second annual conference in August 2009 drawing together an influential group of ITE practitioners, education policy makers and NGO representatives. The Minister for Skills and Lifelong Learning, Keith Brown, opened the conference with an address that commended the timing of the IDEAS project, stating that 'Education for global citizenship exemplifies Curriculum for Excellence in practice'.

Action 6 The Scottish Government will encourage initial and continuing teacher education establishments to embed sustainable development education within the ITE curriculum and beyond to ensure lecturers, student and qualified teachers are adequately equipped and motivated to deliver sustainable development education through Curriculum for Excellence.

Continuing professional development (CPD) is the process which ensures that all educational staff can, at each stage of their career, develop their knowledge, improve their skills and enhance their confidence and motivation to affect pupil learning positively.

LTS work closely with providers to offer CPD for educators and host a CPD database and search facility: CPDfind.