What does a good career development strategy look like in a school? Maria Cunningham offers her best practice advice

When planning CPD for staff, in addition to developing classroom practice and pedagogic understanding it is crucial to support career progression. At a time where recruitment and retention is a bigger concern than ever within the teaching profession, providing attractive and developmental career opportunities is one of the key ways in which the most effective schools are able to aid succession planning and regulate staff turnover.

From an employee perspective, when we feel on-going engagement with professional development that both advances ourselves personally as well as the wider system, not only do we feel more motivated, but collective culture improves – benefiting the performance of both teachers and pupils.

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