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CPD for school staff: the governing board’s role

Learn how governing boards can establish a culture where staff development is valued and prioritised.

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Staff are a school’s most valuable resource. Providing them with continuing professional development (CPD) helps schools and trusts to build capacity, increase retention, strengthen working relationships and improve outcomes. Staff CPD features in most school and trust improvement plans but may not be clearly identified as a priority.

Governing boards should build an understanding of how the development needs of all staff are assessed and aligned with strategic priorities.

Our guide to staff CPD explains how governing boards can establish a culture where the development of leaders, teachers and other staff is valued and prioritised.

The guide covers:

  • what staff CPD entails
  • how to establish a CPD culture
  • investing in CPD
  • evaluating CPD spending
  • monitoring outcomes and impact

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