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Engaging staff effectively with their CPD

How can schools support their staff to engage effectively with their CPD? Jessica Brosnan offers some advice.

The Teacher Development Trust (TDT) has audited the CPD plans, processes and culture in more than 50 schools that belong to our National Teacher Enquiry Network (NTEN). A common difficulty within and across schools is how to best support staff to engage in their own professional learning. 

Many school leaders struggle to create a CPD programme that is relevant and engaging for all staff, while also ensuring it has a strong pupil-focus – lots of excellent ideas have limited impact without staff engagement. 

Schools in the NTEN receive an audit of their CPD practice against our freely available CPD Quality Framework (available online, see further information) and we have identified the key aspects of ensuring staff engage in effective CPD.

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