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Supply teaching: Keeping an eye on your CPD

SecEd’s supply teaching series continues. In this article, Bridget Clay offers advice on accessing high-quality professional development as a supply teacher

How can supply teachers maintain their teaching and subject-specific CPD when not based in a school?

We know that professional learning is one of the most important things for schools and their staff. Supply teachers make up an important part of our workforce and directly support children’s outcomes. Yet, often their CPD is something that is neglected.

First, great development and a supportive environment improve morale and reduce stress. Teachers who receive great professional learning also report greater confidence and greater self-efficacy. To allow all our teachers to thrive and grow, CPD is a key factor in a successful organisation.

More importantly, staff development can be one of the most effective school improvement approaches. The recent Developing Great Teaching report (Cordingley et al) noted that “professional development opportunities that are carefully designed and have a strong focus on pupil outcomes have a significant impact on student achievement”.

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