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Getting your CPD to stick: From activities to programmes

One-off CPD activities – on their own – are not effective. What schools need are carefully designed CPD programmes. Creating these is a complex process. We need to consider time, resources and intended outcomes. Maria Cunningham advises


Schools are only as good as the people that work in them. The most successful leaders are increasingly realising that their role is to create a climate in which teachers can thrive and pupils can succeed; and that getting the leadership of professional learning, collaboration and culture right is the key to school improvement.

We are saying goodbye to the days of seeing CPD as a one-off “activity” and realising that individual sessions or events must be seen as components which are sequenced as part of a longer-term programme of teachers’ professional learning, which is carefully designed to produce a specific outcome over time – such as developing beliefs, knowledge, understanding or practice.

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