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Case study: A personal and extensive CPD programme

A personalised and extensive programme of CPD at Uppingham Community College aims to developing teaching staff to be the best they can be. Clare Duffy sets out the thinking behind the various elements of their Teacher Development Programme
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We know that staff who feel valued and supported in school perform well. Indeed, research finds that “teachers who work in supportive contexts stay in the classroom longer, and improve at faster rates, than their peers in less-supportive contexts” (Papay & Kraft, 2015).

Given the current teacher shortages and the challenges of recruitment, encouraging good teachers to stay in the profession is an on-going challenge for school leaders.

To help address this at my school, Uppingham Community College, an 11 to 16 secondary school in Rutland, we have strived to create the conditions where everyone can thrive, offering professional development which is accessible to all but also tailored to the needs of the individual.

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