Understanding educational policies and practices is one of the 12 professional practices in the British Council's CPD framework for teachers. It involves locating up-to-date and relevant information about national, regional and institutional educational policies; locating up-to-date and relevant information about international, national, regional and institutional educational practice; employing professional and pedagogical practices that are consistent with applicable policies related to a number of different areas.

Understanding educational policies and practices involves:
  • Locating up-to-date and relevant information about national, regional and institutional educational policies.
  • Locating up-to-date and relevant information about international, national, regional and institutional educational practice.
  • Employing professional and pedagogical practices that are consistent with applicable policies related to areas including:
    • the goals of education
    • educational governance
    • learner empowerment
    • educational reform
    • inclusive education
    • literacy
    • access
    • equality, diversity and inclusion
    • language policy
    • post-compulsory education pathways
    • child protection
    • the curriculum, syllabus and methodologies
    • assessment
    • teaching standards
    • ICT
    • 21st century skills.
  • Reflecting on the impact of educational policies and practice on my decision-making, professional behaviour and my learners’ outcomes.

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