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Teacher-led CPD: Ideas and implementation

It is time for school leaders to hand over the reins and put teachers at the centre of their own professional development. Matt Tiplin considers some approaches to bottom-up, teacher-led CPD

As anyone who has ever worked in a secondary school will tell you, they are complex beasts with dozens of moving parts. Keeping the wheels oiled and the cogs turning on a daily basis requires clearly defined layers of management and leadership.

Given the sheer size of most secondaries, a hierarchical structure is vital for the smooth running of the school, day-in, day-out. However, the same cannot be said when it comes to implementing a successful CPD framework. While senior leadership is at the forefront of most major decisions in the life of a school, applying this same hierarchical management structure to staff training is not always effective.

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