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Seven common CPD problems for schools

The Teacher Development Trust has audited the CPD plans, procedures and culture in more than 50 schools. David Weston explains the most common problems they found, and offers some solutions


There is a huge amount of conflicting advice about how to develop teachers. Many school leaders we work with are looking for a helping hand to help them clarify their direction of travel and quality-assure their work against leading international practice. 

Schools in the NTEN (National Teacher Enquiry Network) receive an audit of their CPD practice against our freely available CPD Quality Framework (available on the TDT website) and we have identified seven key issues that schools struggle with.

Probably the most common issue we see in schools is an overambitious development plan where senior leaders are trying to cram too much in. 

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