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Supply teaching: CPD for the supply teacher

CPD Teaching staff
As part of SecEd’s series on supply teaching, Matt Bromley offers some CPD guidance for teachers not regularly in the same school

Supply teachers have a duty to keep their professional knowledge up-to-date and, as such, should access regular CPD. It may be possible to join in with school-based CPD such as INSET days and twilight training while you’re on a placement but you should not limit yourself to these ad hoc opportunities.

Your CPD is your responsibility. And there are plenty of opportunities for you to engage in more informal, personalised professional development.

Judith Little, an American educational researcher at the University of California, believes there are four pillars of effective CPD. These are:

Teachers take every opportunity to talk to each other about their lessons, about their pupils, and about teaching and learning in general.

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