Institute of Education


Developing the expertise of primary and elementary classroom teachers

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm, 25 April 2018

Children playing in the school playground, Yerbury Primary School

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Room 784, UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL

Key elements of primary classroom teachers' expertise can include in-the-moment skills such as peripheral vision, forming accurate hypotheses and exercising disciplined improvisation. 

Such skills as well as a consideration of the role of the teacher and of professional learning communities have implications for teacher education, both in initial teacher education and in the early career phase, which are crucial in the development of expertise.

The seminar draws on Tony Eaude's recent book 'Developing the Expertise of Primary and Elementary Classroom Teachers: Professional Learning for a Changing World.' It will take an interactive approach to these topics, with time to discuss these and other related ideas.

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About the speaker

Tony Eaude was the headteacher of a multicultural primary school for nine years. Since 2003, he has worked independently, working mainly as a writer, evaluator and teacher educator, including teaching at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE).



Tricia Combs