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If schools want professional development to work, they should do it themselves

Around two years ago The Manor Academy was in a very different place. Inspectors were monitoring us because students' education wasn't up to standard. We needed to change radically.

Along with a new curriculum and full staff restructure, we overhauled CPD. Our old approach of occasional twilight training wasn't up to it. CPD would now be led by staff and become a non-negotiable part of the week for everyone.

Each Wednesday, staff spend the first half of a two-hour session in 'teaching and learning communities'. These may include management, classroom teachers, support staff and an 'exceptional practitioner' – a teacher at the top of their more

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