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Funding’s tight and savings have to be made. An early casualty is frequently CPD. When tough choices are made, CPD is frequently a soft target, understandably cut this year in the hope of putting it back in the budget next.

It rarely works like that, of course. Moreover, letting CPD slip is as damaging long-term as neglecting to service your car – or ignoring that leak in the school roof.

On-going school improvement, the thirst for making our schools better in every respect all the time, is rightly a constant. We needn’t berate ourselves (or our teachers) for not being perfect (growth mindset: not perfect yet!) – but we can and must always strive for progress. At the heart of that quest lies CPD.

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