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Issue 9.3

Distributed professional development in schools

Peter Taylor is guest editor for this edition of PDT which has a particular focus on the development of bursars and support staff. In this introduction he explores the concept of Distributed Professional Development which underpins all the articles in this issue.

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From bursar to school business manager: the development chal

Liz Wood outlines the initial development of the NCSL Certificate and Diploma of School Business Management programmes; she also offers a comprehensive overview of her research in this field.

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School business managers: the emergence of a new profession?

Joy Coulbeck discusses whether or not the current bursar development programmes of the National College of School Leadership, and the BA (Honours) in School Business management, are giving rise to a new profession.

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Inspired to achieve?

Liz Forward describes her ‘learning journey’ as she moved from being a school administrative officer to business manager as result of her professional development experience.

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A journey of professional learning

Angela Stansfield describes the process of change she experienced in moving from her existing roles as an accountant to that of school business manager and her experience of the Certificate and Diploma of School Business Management.

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THE PROFESSIONAL LEARNING REVOLUTION

What are the main features of effective professional learning? Graham Handscomb gives a concise guide for professional development coordinators.

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Case study writing – a vehicle for professional development

This article describes how writing case studies prompted a group of busy teachers to reflect on and bring about changes in their own practice. Janet Dyson, Andy Gray, Anthony Maloney, Debbie Rider and Lisa Rowley show that this experience increased their confidence, had a positive impact on their students and colleagues, and was a powerful form of professional learning.

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Teachers taking a lead in developing formative assessment

A cascade model of whole school professional development – Jane Jones offers a case study of professional development for teachers that puts the teacher as researcher at the heart of change in the classroom.

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The Bursar Development Programme – making a difference

Trevor Summerson, as the programme leader of the Bursar Development Programme for the NCSL, gives us an overview of the programme and its impact on the development and performance of school business managers.

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Managing the Business of Schools

Book preview – by Iris Keating and Ray Moorcroft of Manchester Metropolitan University

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