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The Teachers of Promise study (2005-2011) is a longitudinal study of 57 promising new primary and secondary teachers from their third to seventh years of teaching. The research aimed to uncover the factors that sustained and developed the commitment of a group of highly “promising” teachers over time — from their initial teacher education programmes, throughout their induction period and the following six years of teaching. Teachers shared their perspectives on the factors that helped them make a good start (or otherwise) in their careers and assisted them to build their teaching expertise and that of their colleagues. We chose to focus on this period because:
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