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CPD: The four big questions all school leaders ask

There are four big questions that school leaders ask time and again when it comes to their CPD provision. In this article, Maria Cunningham answers them and offers some practical advice


It has been more than eight years since the Teacher Development Trust launched the TDT Network, a professional community in which schools learn with and from each other, and where trust leaders, headteachers and leaders with any responsibility for staff professional development access support to plan and deliver professional learning opportunities that are as effective as possible.

Not only does this involve our member schools thinking about the components of CPD, but the culture too. This is important because teachers working in more supportive professional environments improve their effectiveness more over time than those working in less supportive environments (Kraft & Papay, 2014).

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