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The principles of effective CPD programmes

How can we ensure effective CPD? Phil Spoors discusses the principles that emerge time and again in schools that have successful CPD programmes

Few educators would argue against the importance of effective CPD. A plethora of research not only highlights the importance of effective professional development in our schools for improving student outcomes, but also provides a clear consensus around what features play a starring role in it.

Based on this research and my experience working across a range of schools to support the development of high-quality CPD, I have outlined below some of its key components, highlighting some common challenges and providing examples of what this might look like in practice for your school.

So what makes for effective CPD? This topic could be a book in itself and indeed is the subject of many.

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