Less than a fifth of teachers in England's schools think their continuing professional development (CPD) is any good, according to a recent survey. One of the keys to unlocking the power of CPD is to make it much more personal, says Keith Wright.
The innovation research and investment body Nesta made an interesting comment last year about the use of classroom technology. It said that ICT was often unsuccessfully applied to twentieth-century teaching methods.
There is a strong parallel in schools today with CPD. The face of training and professional development is changing, with initiatives like School Direct placing the responsibility for CPD firmly on the shoulders of schools, yet the culture and systems many schools have for managing and tracking this on a school-wide and individual level is distinctly old fashioned in its approach...read more