What is CPD?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development and refers to training taken by professionals in their career after initial qualification.

CPD is often about keeping up-to-date with changes in best practices or regulations and varies greatly within organisations and across different sectors.

Unlike other professions in the UK, teachers are not required by the government to partake in CPD and there is no nationally recognised CPD points system.  However, most schools have some kind of professional development policy in place and expect their teachers to top up their skills.  Every school and academy chain is different.  Some are prescriptive in how many hours their staff spend on training and some leave it up to their teachers to define their own training path.

In July 2016 the Department for Education published the Standard for teacher’s professional development as guidance for schools.

CPD can be delivered in a multitude of formats and settings, the most common being:

  • Venue based training courses
  • INSET days
  • Online

Typically, a teacher’s ongoing training will consist of a combination of the above.

Popular focuses for training at the moment include whole-school challenges, such as leadership, behaviour, pedagogy and SEND.