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Six key priorities for effective CPD

The Teacher Development Trust supports schools to develop effective professional development strategies. Sarah Coskeran discusses six areas crucial to powerful school-wide CPD.

As a new academic year kicks off and the new General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) Professional Standards come into full swing, it is the perfect time for school leaders across Scotland to reflect on how they will support and encourage powerful career-long professional learning (CLPL) for their staff over the year ahead.

In this article, I identify the six key areas we help schools to consider as they look to develop their internal processes around CLPL, with some useful advice to ensure powerful professional learning for every member of staff at every stage in their career.

School leaders have an important role to play in ensuring a school’s culture is conducive to powerful professional learning for all staff. In schools where CLPL is seen as a priority and a tool of development rather than accountability, we see staff better able to actively engage in professional learning that has a positive impact on their students.

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