Best Practice

Key questions for external CPD

When commissioning external trainers, consultants or CPD providers, what key principles should schools follow to ensure success? David Weston and Paul Crisp offer their advice.

The education system is awash with well-intentioned teachers, consultants, trainers and facilitators who claim to have the key to improving your school. 

Increasingly, schools are having to become savvy customers and demand much more, especially in terms of evidence of impact, before they part with their cash. So what are the key tenets that you should look for when commissioning such services? Here are four principles that we believe external CPD services must adhere to in order to prove that what they offer will have a genuine impact.

There are different possible outcomes from training or advice and this should be made clear.

Register now, read forever

Thank you for visiting SecEd and reading some of our content for professionals in secondary education. Register now for free to get unlimited access to all content.

What's included:

  • Unlimited access to news, best practice articles and podcast

  • New content and e-bulletins delivered straight to your inbox every Monday and Thursday


Already have an account? Sign in here