If CPD is to have a positive impact on pupil outcomes, then it has to be ‘direct’. Jessica Brosnan explains how you can redesign your CPD for maximum pupil impact

There are many things to consider when designing a CPD programme for the new school year. Within a school, there are so many competing priorities, contrasting needs and a range of staff with different levels of expertise.

Planning for, and accommodating everyone in your school community is tough! Have you planned sufficient time for staff to share and collaborate? Is there a balance between subject knowledge, subject-specific and general pedagogy? Is there support for those with a particular pastoral responsibility? Are your staff all up-to-date with the latest statutory requirements? Have you considered your teaching assistants, learning support assistants, and technicians, as well as members of your general administrative staff? What about external courses, career and leadership development?

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