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Professional development should be at the core of what schools do. If we're serious about improving outcomes for learners, then we have to continually improve the quality of our teaching.
This unit focuses on the features of an effective CPD strategy and the applications for your context. It will help you review your existing processes and develop your teacher learning strategy in new directions.
This resource is suitable for anyone with responsibility for leading professional development, who is experienced in their position and looking to refine their work. It applies to both primary and secondary contexts: if you're interested in planning CPD better and developing a vision, this is for you.
Most of the activities can be done on screen, but we also suggest opportunities for you to collaborate and discuss with colleagues.
Aims and outcomes
- Identify the features of an effective CPD strategy and the applications for your context.
- Outline the resources, skills and activities you will need to plan a long-term CPD cycle that has maximum impact on learners.
- Refine your existing processes to ensure that CPD is sustained over time and focuses on the activities likely to have the highest impact.
- Ensure that the CPD will be well focused on participants’ needs and working context, so that it engages and motivates them to develop.
- Effectively plan and structure CPD so that staff receive a high-quality learning opportunity through your CPD.
Unit 1: Building an effective CPD strategy
Step 1: Evaluating your school's CPD
Step 2: Identifying and overcoming CPD obstacles
Step 3: Closing the feedback loop
Step 4: Planning your CPD strategy
Step 5: CPD leader skills: implementation
End of Unit 1 quiz