Professional development for teachers is extremely important, as they are the people responsible for shaping the education of future generations.
As such, new guidance has been published by the Department for Education (DfE) to ensure that school leaders are able to prioritise teachers' CPD. The overall aim is to ensure that training focuses on evaluating and improving pupils’ outcomes.
This guidance was developed following recommendations from an expert group chaired by chief executive of the Teacher Development Trust David Weston, which was tasked with producing a new standard for teachers’ professional development.
The research conducted by the group highlighted areas of the country where the quality of CPD training is very high, but also some areas where there is currently a lack of support.
According to the teachers' union NASUWT, it can be more difficult for supply teachers to gain access to professional development. As such, Teaching Personnel has developed a CPD Academy for teachers and learning support staff wishing to stay ahead in their profession.
This includes an online portal that allows someone to browse and book CPD courses, as well as a number of other tools that help to steer professional development.
In addition, each year there is a calendar of face-to-face training events for registered candidates near to each of the local branches.
These cover various subjects, including behaviour management, introduction to special educational needs, assessment for learning and child protection. The courses are designed to help candidates with some of the more challenging aspects of working in schools on a supply basis. For more advanced professional development events, the agency works with Creative Education, the UK's largest provider of CPD to schools.