Teacher education planning handbook

This handbook provides practical advice, strategies for planning, managing and evaluating large-scale teacher education programmes.

How can we best approach the design and implementation of teacher education programmes? How can we ensure that we’re considering what teachers need and align the programme to our vision for improved classroom practice? How do we do this effectively at scale, when hundreds or even thousands of teachers will participate in the programme?

The Teacher Education Planning Handbook seeks to answer these questions, providing a variety of input in the form of case studies, tasks and tools. Edited by Dr Martin Wedell – Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Leeds – the handbook discusses the principles of change and the need for these to be taken into consideration when planning and implementing a teacher education initiative.

The volume is arranged according to the different stages of planning, implementation and evaluation, but it is not necessary to use the content in a linear way. Each section of the handbook can stand alone, and be used either as a self-access tool or to support the delivery of training to those involved in delivering teacher education programmes. Section topics include Teacher education in your context:

  • What works well?
  • What needs improving? 
  • Considering project scope, objectives, outcomes and outputs.
  • Risk management and Celebrating success.

As such, the handbook explores the specific design features of projects in this sector along with more standard project management tools and processes.

The Teacher Education Planning Handbook draws on the experience of the British Council team working in this field in India, but the content will be of relevance to all those working in similar contexts. We would welcome your feedback and suggestions for the 2nd edition: www.surveymonkey.com/r/teph

This publication will be of great interest to government administrators and education officers responsible for:

  • designing and planning effective large-scale teacher education models which are based on sound principles of educational change management and reflect the goals of national policy documents
  • mitigating risks associated with managing teacher education programmes
  • designing and using participatory monitoring and evaluation systems.

This publication is free to download.

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