This study was commissioned by Save the Children’s Basic Education Working Group. It was designed to inform the development of their global strategy with regard to teacher support and development. As part of this process, a review of the academic literature and Save the Children’s ‘grey’ literature on teacher support and development from 30 low income countries was conducted. Interviews with Education Officers from ten Country Offices serving sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, the Arab States and Latin America were also conducted .
The review explored Save the Children’s current approaches to teacher education programming and how they monitor and evaluate the programmes. A major recommendation arising from the review was the need to build a more robust evidence base using quasi-experimental and randomised evaluations into teacher professional development programmes so as to answer outstanding questions about the most effective approaches to teacher development and their cost effectiveness in resource poor environments.
The final report of the review, led by Frank Hardman, was presented in September 2011.