Best Practice

Leading exceptional teacher development

What does exceptional CPD look like and how can school leaders ensure they achieve this for their teachers? David Weston looks at the research and some examples of best practice

With pressure on staff recruitment, retention, pupil outcomes and quality of teaching, there has never been a more important time for improving staff development. In this article I’ll explore how you can deal with these pressures by honing and developing your approach to staff development, drawing upon examples from the latest research, as well as examples from more than 80 schools that the Teacher Development Trust (TDT) has audited and supported in this area through our national network.

Why should staff development be a top priority for you and your leadership team? First, great development and a supportive environment can reduce staff turnover, improve morale and reduce stress. Consider the number of days spent by staff in your school dealing with sickness and cover and with recruitment and interviews.

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