continuing professional development (CPD)

As the most important profession for our nation’s future, teachers need considerable knowledge and skill, which need to be developed as their careers progress. As the Teachers’ Standards set out, teachers make the education of their pupils their first concern, and are accountable for achieving the highest possible standards in work and conduct.

The Teachers’ Standards set out a number of expectations about professional development; namely, that teachers should:

Effective professional development for teachers is a core part of securing effective teaching. It cannot exist in isolation, rather it requires a pervasive culture of scholarship with a shared commitment for teachers to support one another to develop so that pupils benefit from the highest quality teaching. The thousands of professional decisions that must be made every day need to be informed by the best evidence, knowledge and professional wisdom.

• Keep their knowledge and skills as teachers up-to-date and be self-critical;

• Take responsibility for improving teaching through appropriate professional development, responding to advice and feedback from colleagues;

• Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how pupils learn and how this has an impact on teaching;

• Have a secure knowledge of the relevant subject(s) and curriculum areas;

• Reflect systematically on the effectiveness of lessons and approaches to teaching; and

• Know and understand how to assess the relevant subject and curriculum areas.