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WithWeston David, Clay Bridget

In common with many countries around the world, England is currently facing a huge challenge in recruiting and retaining both teachers and leaders. Whilst the press is rarely full of good news, the media appears to be endlessly full of burnt-out teachers. Teachers and students are being failed by competing pressures and lack of resources. There are some significant changes for teachers in England. In the last five years, the language around professional development has changed. Professional development should be something that all staff in school are entitled to. Professional development time should be protected in every school. Schools need funding so that they can protect and invest in staff professional learning. There needs to be a national system through which teachers and staff can recognise high-quality expertise to support and enhance their professional learning. One should invest in the development of leaders and teachers who can best meet student needs.