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Effective remote CPD: Five practical tips

The recent review of the evidence around remote CPD for teaching staff has outlined approaches that could prove effective, including by using video and coaching. Nihad Ćehić considers five ideas for how schools can used video as part of remote CPD


The Education Endowment Foundation recently released a rapid evidence assessment on remote professional development during Covid-19 (EEF, 2020).

The report summarises the efficacy of remote approaches and aims to help school leaders who have had to make quick decisions around remote professional development. The EEF review had five broad conclusions, which I have translated into five practical tips to help you maintain and improve good quality remote CPD.


Consider remote CPD beyond the pandemic

The EEF found consistent evidence that remote professional development can support improvement in professionals’ knowledge and skills and in outcomes for pupils.

It is important to note that the content of CPD is likely to make the biggest impact on whether CPD is effective or not, but it is reassuring to know that your school could provide good CPD either remotely or in-person going forward.

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