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The 7 domains of school improvement through people development

By reviewing your CPD through the lens of seven domains focused on school culture and the needs of teaching staff, we can address common concerns about why CPD is not working. David Weston explains


Increasingly, school leaders recognise that schools can only improve when the people in them are supported to grow their expertise. In our work to support hundreds of schools to do this, leaders often share key frustrations with us, including:

In order to address these common challenges, we like to explore each of these issues through the lens of our seven domains of school improvement through people development.

When working with a school we use surveys and interviews to gauge at which level schools are working (from emerging to gold standard), benchmarking against other schools, and then, most importantly, identifying ways to remove roadblocks and make progress.

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