Five years on from the publication of Unleashing Great Teaching, co-author David Weston considers the CPD landscape in schools, the growing evidence-base, and some of the practical implications for our work to create thriving school cultures

Five years after we published Unleashing Great Teaching: The secrets to the most effective teacher development (2018), my co-author Bridget Clay and I will be appearing jointly at a Teacher Development Trust (TDT) conference in January 2024 to explore the implications for school and trust leaders about what’s happened since.

In this article I will reflect on a few of the day’s topics and what it is worth school leaders thinking about now when it comes to CPD.



There has been a notable development of the evidence-base around professional development and leadership. While still very much rooted in Kraft and Papay’s famous paper on how schools can support (or inhibit) teacher improvement (2014), there is a lot more evidence out there now.

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