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How to effectively evaluate our CPD

How can we build effective evaluation of impact into our professional development? David Weston advises

With pressure on school budgets, it is more important than ever to justify all areas of spending. CPD is no exception and has traditionally been a hard area to show impact.

However, when you get it right, you can gather powerful evidence that each programme of activities is having direct and measurable impact on pupil outcomes.

Teachers and other staff can feel empowered and see greater relevance in their work as they are given tools to identify the improvements they are making, tracing a line from the genuine problems that are challenging them in classrooms to real solutions.

The following advice is focused on the types of CPD which are designed to improve student outcomes. This probably constitutes the bulk of the professional development work that should be going on in schools. Other activities may include training on systems or procedures (e.g. IT, medical, safeguarding, statutory), on organisational processes, or simply raising awareness.

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