While there is consensus that professional development is the critical lever in improving teaching quality, there is no definitive method that offers the best results for every school.
There are many different ways that professional development may be provided in schools, from external courses to modular online learning, instructional coaching to 360 reviews. What is clear is that for professional development to be effective, it should be relevant to the individual, within the context of the school’s priorities.
CPD is moving to the centre of conversations around appraisal, with many schools replacing traditional objectives with professional learning objectives or even enquiry questions. At the same time, ‘quality assurance’ practices such as Observation are shifting away from being a monitoring exercise to a more developmental practice that is used to identify strengths and areas for development.
In this webinar, we explored some of the different approaches to professional development that are being used in BlueSky schools and how these might be applied in your setting.