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Making school-to-school CPD collaborations work

The benefits of schools working together to deliver effective CPD can be far-reaching. Maria Cunningham looks at some practical steps schools might take to overcome the barriers to school-to-school CPD collaboration

Recently the Teacher Development Trust (TDT) put out a rallying cry to hear from school leaders across the country. We wanted to hear about what schools are prioritising in terms of organisational development, particularly when it comes to improving teaching and learning.

Over a couple of weeks in January, we had in-depth conversations with more than 70 headteachers, assistants, CPD leads, chief executives of MATs, Teaching School directors, trustees and many others. One of the main outcomes of this research was to note the patterns that emerged around key priorities related to school improvement and staff development.

Many of the people we spoke to referred to similar challenges. Curriculum was high on the agenda in light of the new Ofsted framework, carving out enough time for staff to engage with CPD was also a struggle, as well as ensuring that staff can collaborate in a meaningful way not just within schools, but also externally, and within MATs or groups.

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