Teacher Development Trust CEO heads up new CPD Expert Group
David Weston, CEO of the Teacher Development Trust, has today (March 20th) been announced as the Chair of a new expert CPD group of teachers, headteachers, academics and education experts.
The CPD Expert Group will be made up of practising teachers and headteachers from primary, secondary and special education sectors alongside nine members, including Professor Rob Coe, Philippa Cordingley, Dame Alison Peacock and representatives from the National Education Trust, ResearchED and the Teaching Schools Council.
The group will receive additional advice from The Education Endowment Foundation’s (EEF) Dr Jonathan Sharples and Professor Jonathan Shepherd, while Sean Harford will be attending as an observer from Ofsted.
The CPD Expert Group has been created to address a lack of clear and shared understanding of what makes for effective professional development in the teaching profession, as outlined in the Department for Education’s Developing the teaching profession to a world-class standard consultation.
The team will develop a new Standard for Teachers’ Professional Development that will complement the existing Teachers’ Standards available. This ‘Standard’ will help teachers and schools 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.
Sir John Holman, Chair of Teacher Development Trust, said: “The work of the Teacher Development Trust since its inception has focused on improving children’s life chances by ensuring they experience the most effective learning. Championing teachers’ professional development is one of the most important things we can do for our school system, although too often it is not deemed the most urgent.
The work of the CPD Expert Group will help put CPD at the heart of policy and schools agendas by providing recommendations based on robust evidence, research and evaluation. This vital work will highlight activities that schools should be doing more or less of, show how schools can change their policies, procedures and approaches to CPD and make suggestions of future research and development.”
Burger Edwards, COO of the Teacher Development Trust, said: “We are delighted that David has been asked to chair the CPD Expert Group. Our research has shown us time and time again that school leaders and teachers are facing stubborn barriers to prioritising CPD. This is despite the fact it has a real and tangible impact on raising student attainment and improving the quality of teaching.
For CPD to be effective, it has to be teacher-led, owned and targeted at supporting student needs in a teacher’s own classroom, helping them to improve year-on-year. We are pleased that David will be working with an excellent group to help steer the development of the new Standard.”
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.
Last year the Trust’s Annual Report revealed that despite 83.6% of schools acknowledging that staff CPD has a direct impact on student attainment, 53.4% of schools (rising to 60% for secondary schools) have found it hard to meet teachers development needs because of financial pressures.
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Notes to Editors
- 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:
- GoodCPDGuide: a free, 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 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