The Teacher Professional Learning Framework (TPLF) project is led by Professor Linda Clarke and has been funded by the Department of Education (DE) within the context of their Learning Leaders: Strategy for Teacher Professional Learning in Northern Ireland (DE, 2016).
This strategy set out DE’s vision for teacher professional learning as ‘Every teacher is a learning leader, accomplished in working collaboratively with all partners in the interests of children and young people”.
One of the objectives of the strategy is the provision of a structured framework for teacher professional learning which will enable teachers to take an informed approach to career-long professional learning and which will nurture and develop leadership skills, knowledge and attributes at all stages of a teacher’s career from ITE onwards.
The TPLF project’s main objective was to offer recommendations on how to implement this framework and, therefore, firstly involved desk-based research (reviewing current practice across the UK, the RoI and internationally and also other service-providing professions’ professional development practices including medical/nursing, social work etc.). Secondly it involved consultations with key-people (representatives from DE, ETI, EA, CCEA, CCMS, GTCNI but also the main teachers’ Unions, teachers etc.).
The project’s outcome, a set of recommendations for the design and development of a teacher professional learning framework which are also aligned with the Learning Leaders strategy have been developed and are currently under further consultation with the main stakeholders.