- Teacher Professional Development
- 2 Minute Read
Continuous Professional Development (CPD) for teachers has a widespread impact on schools as we discussed in our previous blog . From teacher commitment and enjoyment to career advancement and retention investing in your continuous development, you can greatly improve the classroom experience for both yourself and your pupils.
Now you know you want to invest time into your development but where do you start? Well, you need a clear CPD plan.
There will be areas of CPD which your school will require you to do as part of your ongoing learning, such as subject area refreshes and overarching teaching skills development, but it is also important that you focus on areas of development that are important to you.
CPD should not be a one size fits all approach, it should be tailored to your individual needs and requirements, which is why having a plan can help.
“Teachers need to have some autonomy over their development, otherwise there can be a reluctance to engage and a lack of buy-in.”
Natasha Raheem, Assistant Vice Principal, Dixons Academy.
So, where do you start with your plan?
Many teachers will have career aspirations and will focus their CPD efforts on courses relevant to those goals, e.g. taking safeguarding courses with a view to becoming a safeguarding lead within school.
But what if you’re unsure of what your career aspirations are at the moment, or you are happy where you are? That’s completely fine! Start by looking into development which focuses on areas that you enjoy or you feel you could do with some extra skills or knowledge building The benefits of teacher development are wide-ranging and offer opportunities to teachers at all stages of their careers.
Now you know what you want to do it’s important to write your plan down to share with school leaders and mentors that will be on hand to help you with your goals. Make sure your plan is clear and succinct to ensure you are able to get the best support.
Once you have written your plan you need to identify how best to achieve your goals.
Here are some of the most popular methods of teacher professional development
Would you like to learn more about the impact of CPD in schools? Read our CPD Whitepaper
An insightful and informative report exploring how schools and multi academy trusts can achieve quality professional development and build a highly engaged teacher workforce.
With contributions from influential education leaders, it’s a read you won't want to miss.