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Professional Competences

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Download our new bite-sized Digest of the Teachers Competences which sets out the 27 competences under the three key themes – Professional Values and Practice; Professional Knowledge and Understanding; and Professional Skills and Application. 

You can also explore the detail of our original work on teachers’ professional competences by downloading Teaching: the Reflective Profession which includes the competence statements and phase exemplars and the Code of Values and Professional Practice that is integral to our philosophy and understanding of teacher competences. It is suitable for teachers throughout their careers. 

Each competence statement includes the phase exemplars relevant to each phase of teacher education, including: 

  • Initial Teacher Education; 
  • Induction;
  • Early Professional Development; and
  • Continuing Professional Development, Collaborative Practice and School Improvement.







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