Best Practice

Seven common barriers to effective whole-school CPD

The Teacher Development Trust has audited the CPD plans, procedures and culture in more than 50 schools. Chief executive David Weston explains the team's most common discovered issues and solutions

There is a huge amount of conflicting advice being given to schools all the time about how to develop teachers. Many school leaders we work with are looking for a helping hand to help them clarify their direction of travel and quality assure their work against leading international practice.

Schools in the Teacher Development Trust Network (formerly the National Teacher Enquiry Network) receive an audit of their CPD practice against our freely available CPD Quality Framework (see online) and we have identified seven key issues that schools struggle with.

Probably the most common issue we see in schools is an overambitious development plan where senior leaders are trying to cram too much in.

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