Many schools are starting to plan their CPD spend for the year ahead. Maria Cunningham offers advice on effective CPD planning

We know it can be a challenging task for school leaders to balance the co-ordination of plans currently in place with also thinking about next year’s overview, particularly when it comes to CPD.

Yet in an educational landscape where budgets are shrinking and pressure is mounting around recruitment, retention, pupil outcomes and quality of teaching, there has never been a more important time for improving staff development.

Great development and a supportive environment can reduce staff turnover, improve morale and reduce stress. By investing a portion of this up-front into a dramatically improved CPD programme, you can reduce long-term costs and the headache and stress of the annual recruitment challenge.

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