New professional CPD standard for teachers


A CPD Expert Group has been set up by the Department for Education (DfE) to develop a new standard for teachers’ continuing professional development (CPD) that will complement the existing teachers’ standards.

The move aims to address a lack of clear and shared understanding of what makes for effective professional development in the teaching profession, as outlined in the DfE’s Developing the teaching profession to a world-class standard consultation.

The new Standard will be designed to help teachers and schools make informed decisions about how to organise professional development and ensure that CPD providers are providing relevant and effective training for teachers.

David Weston, CEO of the Teacher Development Trust, will Chair the CPD Expert Group, which will be made up of practising teachers and headteachers from the primary, secondary and SEN sectors, alongside nine academics and education experts, including Professor Rob Coe, Philippa Cordingley, Dame Alison Peacock and representatives from the National Education Trust, ResearchED and the Teaching Schools Council.

The Group will receive additional advice from The Education Endowment Foundation’s Dr Jonathan Sharples and Professor Jonathan Shepherd, while Sean Harford will be attending as an observer from Ofsted.

Sir John Holman, Chair of Teacher Development Trust, believes the new Group will help put CPD at the heart of education policy and high on schools’ agendas by providing recommendations based on evidenced research and evaluation. “This vital work will highlight activities that schools should be doing more or less of, show how schools can change their policies, procedures and approaches to CPD and make suggestions of future research and development”, he says.


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