The SecEd Podcast: Overcoming barriers to effective CPD

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:

The latest edition of The SecEd Podcast offers practical advice and tips on overcoming the barriers to effective CPD, what an excellent CPD programme looks like, whole-school leadership of CPD, evaluation, support staff and more

This SecEd Podcast offers a range of practical, research-based advice on what an effective CPD programme in schools might look like and how we can evaluate our CPD to ensure it is effective and has impact for our students' outcomes and whole-school priorities.

We also consider support staff, subject-specific CPD vs pedagogy-led CPD, and teacher autonomy when it comes to leading their own CPD.

SecEd editor Pete Henshaw speaks with Maria Cunningham, head of education at the Teacher Development Trust, a national charity supporting evidence-led CPD practice in schools.

Maria is a former teacher and participant of the Teach First leadership development programme. She has been with the TDT since 2016 and is a prolific contributor to SecEd. She is also acting as secretariat for the Department for Education’s CPD Expert Group.

Also joining the conversation is Ben Solly, principal of Uppingham Community College in Rutland and a member of SecEd’s editorial board.

Ben has been a headteacher for six years and is a PE teacher by trade, having taught for 16 years. Ben started off his teaching career in the Black Country, where he is from, and qualified as an Advanced Skills Teacher before moving into Senior Leadership roles in Leicestershire.

The podcast offers practical advice and reflections for listeners, drawing on both the Teacher Development Trust’s work, including its CPD Audits, its CPD Hubs and its range of research and guidance and on the practice at Uppingham Community College.

You can listen to The SecEd Podcast below. To hear other SecEd podcasts, or to subscribe for free to new editions, search for 'The SecEd Podcast' in your podcast application of choice. Or visit

For details about The SecEd Podcast, or to suggest future topics, email editor Pete Henshaw at


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