The vital program: transforming ICT professional development

Bradshaw, Pete; Twining, Peter and Walsh, Christopher (2012). The vital program: transforming ICT professional development. American Journal of Distance Education, 26(2) pp. 74–85.



Developing a model for effective large-scale continuous professional development (CPD) for teachers remains a significant obstacle for many governments worldwide. This paper describes the development and evolution of Vital—a CPD program designed to enhance the teaching of information communication technology (ICT) in state-funded primary and secondary schools in England. The paper concludes that the success of the program comes from its innovative ‘bottom up’ response to reconceptualize CPD as being more than just externally designed courses. The program encourages and responds to teachers’ reflective practice matching the teaching and learning demands of the 21st century.

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