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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.

That is why impact evaluation is so crucial to what CPD should be about. If we can't know if it makes a difference, why would we bother doing CPD at all? This unit will help you to make high-quality impact evaluation an intrinsic part of the way you run professional development in your school.

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

  • Recognise common pitfalls in evaluating the impact of CPD and outline some ways to address them.
  • Make impact evaluation an intrinsic part of what you do, so that a continual cycle of review informs your CPD and planning for teachers’ needs.
  • Distinguish between different forms of evaluation and make informed judgements about which methods are most appropriate for a given situation.
  • You will be able to judge which CPD does and does not make a difference on pupil outcomes, enabling you to move to more effective methods over time.
  • Your staff will be empowered to see the results of their training and the value of engaging in professional learning.

Unit content

Unit 2: Focusing on impact
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