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Teacher choice in whole-school CPD

Just how important is teacher choice in a whole-school CPD programme? Bridget Clay offers some practical, evidence-based advice and guidance

When CPD works well it really benefits teachers, pupils and whole-school improvement. It is absolutely at the heart of school culture and practice and in an environment with challenges around budgets, recruitment, retention and, as always, where pupil achievement is vital, ensuring that CPD is done effectively is paramount.

Through my work at the Teacher Development Trust, I have the privilege to visit lots of different schools and see their CPD programmes, as well as take part in lots of conversations around CPD.

A theme that comes up again and again is around choosing one’s own CPD. Many teachers have waxed lyrical about how their CPD used to be very “top-down”, whereas now they have a smorgasbord of options to choose from.

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