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How do you choose your CPD ‘experts’?

Many schools work with CPD experts to support staff development, but what should school leaders be looking for when forming these partnerships? Maria Cunningham advises

Since working at Teacher Development Trust, a national charity for effective CPD in schools, I have had the pleasure of meeting, interviewing and working alongside hundreds of staff up and down the country. One of the things that I still find fascinating is the vast number of different interpretations that teachers and support staff have of “CPD”. Even now, these three letters are often little more than a synonym for “going out on a course”.

Thankfully, things have changed a lot. Responding to advice such as the 2016 Department for Education’s Standard for Teachers’ Professional Development, we’re moving away from generic one-off sessions with “guru” consultants that aren’t really relevant to either our staff or pupils.

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