PRESS RELEASE: 07.09.15
The CPD Expert Group, chaired by the Teacher Development Trust’s CEO David Weston, is calling for evidence to develop their new, non-statutory standard for schools – ‘Standard for Teachers’ Professional Development’. The ‘Standard’ will help individual teachers, schools and school leaders to make informed decisions about how to organise professional development and ensure that providers of professional development align their offer with the broad principles of effective practice. The ‘Standard’ will complement the existing Teaching Standards available.
The call for evidence gives everyone with an interest in teachers’ professional development the opportunity to contribute their thoughts and ideas to the expert group, with a particular focus on evidence around the CPD type, format, and activities as well as the supporting environment and culture in schools for professional development to be effective.
Bridget Clay, Network Programme Manager, said: “CPD is vital to develop teachers and in turn pupils, improving children’s life chances by ensuring they experience the most effective learning. The Teacher Development Trust is delighted that further research is being carried out to secure the views and opinions from teachers themselves to ensure a ‘Standard’ is created that is informative, factual, realistic and of relevance to teachers across the country.”
The Teacher Development Trust will be engaging with schools in its own network as well as the CPD Providers on its database in order to encourage responses and formulate its own response to the call for evidence.
The Call to Evidence is seeking responses to the following five questions:
1. Can you give an example of great professional development practice with which you were involved, which had significant impact on pupil outcomes?
2. How could the standard help to promote effective professional development practice which has a positive impact on pupils’ learning?
3. How could a standard help shape or improve the provision of professional development (including school-based professional development activities?
4. What short-medium and long-term approaches might help to remove barriers to professional development that could be reflected in a standard?
5. Is there anything else you would like to contribute to help us shape the standard so that is useful in different types and phases of school?
Deadline for contributions is 16th October 2015.
The Teacher Development Trust’s recent research report, carried out with support from TES Global, ‘Developing Great Teaching: Lessons from the international reviews into effective professional development’, covered some aspects that the CPD Expert group is trying to gleam from the Call for Evidence. The report identified eight key components of effective CPD including:
1. Courses require a longer-term focus
2. Participants’ needs should be carefully considered
3. The need for a logical thread between various components of a programme
4. The content to be both subject-knowledge and subject-specific pedagogy
5. Certain activities to be used such as explicit discussions, experimenting and testing ideas in the classroom
6. External input from providers and specialists must challenge orthodoxies within a school
7. A course should empower teachers through collaboration and peer learning
8. Powerful leadership – school leaders should not leave the learning to teachers.
The CPD Expert Group, chaired by David Weston, is made up of practising teachers and headteachers from primary, secondary and special education sectors alongside members Professor Rob Coe, Philippa Cordingley, Dame Alison Peacock and representatives from the National Education Trust, ResearchED and the Teaching Schools Council. The group receives additional advice from The Education Endowment Foundation’s (EEF) Dr Jonathan Sharples and Professor Jonathan Shepherd, while Sean Harford attends as an observer from Ofsted.
The Teacher Development Trust is an independent charity, founded by teachers to raise awareness of the importance of professional development and building tools to help teachers to transform their practice and achieve success for all their pupils. For more information on the Teacher Development Trust, visit www.teacherdevelopmenttrust.org
For more information or to speak to a member of the Teacher Development Trust team, contact Laura Smith on firstname.lastname@example.org / 07467 945848 or Della Bolat on email@example.com / 07841 763833.
About the Teacher Development Trust
• The Teacher Development Trust is the independent national charity for teacher training and professional development.
• Launched by teachers in 2012, the Trust works with government, schools and colleges, subject associations, teaching unions, universities, as well as many profit and non-profit organisations from across the education spectrum, both in the UK and abroad.
• The Teacher Development Trust is dedicated to improving the educational outcomes for children by raising the quality of teacher professional development, raising awareness of the importance of professional development and building tools to help teachers to transform their practice and achieve success for all their pupils.
• The Trust believes that demand for professional learning should be driven by the aspiration teachers have for the children they teach and the passion they bring to their work.
• The Trust is determined to bring about radical improvement in the quality of the ongoing training that teachers receive based on the evidence of what creates effective learning.
• The Teacher Development Trust works with organisations around the world to promote the best possible practice in using and delivering professional development in education. Services include:
• Good CPD Guide: a national database of courses, consultancy services, books, videos and podcasts with teacher reviews and official quality ratings. This includes an official partnership with the Sutton Trust-EEF Teaching and Learning Toolkit www.goodcpdguide.com.
• The National Teacher Enquiry Network, a revolutionary approach to professional development, school improvement and teacher-led research http://www.teacherdevelopmenttrust.org/teacher-enquiry-network/.
• Free advice for teachers, schools and training providers.
• Support and consultancy for training providers (including schools) to help them deliver professional development courses and consultancy that have sustainable impact and value in the classroom.
• Research services to help you pinpoint the evidence behind your professional development policies and programmes.
• Registered charity number 1147447
• For further information, visit http://tdtrust.org/ or follow the Teacher Development Trust on Twitter @TeacherDevTrust