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Three barriers to creating an effective CPD strategy

How can you create an effective CPD strategy for your school? David Weston discusses three key problems and solutions.

Research on school improvement has shown that powerful professional development can help students succeed and help teachers thrive. However, many schools don’t get it right and end up confusing and stressing teachers with a multitude of rules, tips and tricks with no measurable benefits for students.

How can school leaders come up with an effective CPD plan that will support teachers and ensure the best outcomes for pupils?

At this time of year many school leadership teams are planning their programme of CPD for the year ahead. Our research shows that this takes many forms: in a recent survey, one in seven schools indicated that they plan to use little or no external input (from courses or consultants) next year, relying entirely on internal processes instead.

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