The relatively low take-up may be due to lack of time or capacity, but triangulating CPD with QA does not need to add another layer of work. It can and should be incorporated into existing QA processes, such as:
• Setting SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-limited) objectives for professional development activity, so its impact on teachers’ practice is transparent.
• Classroom observations – asking observers to look specifically at how the teacher is applying the knowledge and skills acquired in their CPD activity, then combining this with reflection by the teacher.
• Peer collaboration and sharing – facilitating opportunities for teachers to share their experiences, best practices, and new knowledge with colleagues during training days, staff or team meetings or via a subject specific professional learning network within the school or trust.