Institution building for teacher professional development in Sierra Leone
The key outputs produced over the course of this project were the National Professional Standards for Teachers and School Leaders, the Human Resources Manual for Teachers and School Leaders, and the National Teacher Policy. These elements have led to significant improvements in teacher management—notably in records management and in recruitment and deployment of teachers under the government payroll; there is anecdotal evidence to suggest some improvements in teaching practice, but no evaluation of classroom practice has been carried out to date (a planned evaluation was delayed by the pandemic). Teacher Training Colleges have been enabled to share best practice and new courses focused on foundational learning. They have been given support to establish Teacher Resource Centres with a strong digital component and community outreach. The TSC is now adequately staffed at the central level, and also has district offices set up in all 16 districts of the country.