Sustainability and Teacher Professional Development

Posted by Antony in News, Policy
The Higher Education Academy has released the latest UK Professional Standards Framework that: 
provides a general description of the main dimensions of the roles of teaching and supporting learning within the HE environment. It is written from the perspective of the practitioner and outlines a national Framework for comprehensively recognising and benchmarking teaching and learning support roles within Higher Education. 


With the earlier consultation document it did look like sustainability would have a more significant contribution;¬†however, following a quick read through of the available documents it seems to be included within ‘Professional Value 4’ ¬†and has a distinctly optional flavour: 
Evidencing Professional Value 4: Acknowledges the wider context in which higher education operates recognising the implications for professional practice.
This is concerned with being alert to the issues that may impact on institutional missions and/or which might have an influence on curriculum design and/or personal and collective professional practice. This might for example, may include how an individual has responded to the current demands of the Disability Discrimination Act, the employment agenda, or the widening access and participation agenda. Current agendas include; sustainability (the practice of sustainability and education for sustainability), and student engagement.


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