Continuing professional development (CPD) policies

See examples of continuing professional development (CPD) policies from primary, secondary and special schools. Get expert advice on how to write your policy, including whether it should include personal development provision.

Last reviewed on 20 April 2022
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  1. Example from a primary school
  2. Example from a secondary school
  3. Example from a special school
  4. Guidance on writing a CPD policy

Example from a primary school

In its CPD statement, North Ealing Primary School says that CPD:

  • Promotes high morale and motivation among staff
  • Aims to balance individual and school priorities 
  • Will primarily focus on improving standards and the quality of teaching and learning

It lists CPD activities for different school roles and governors. For example, support staff development activities include:

  • Team building
  • Exchange of ideas and advice on teaching and learning
  • Observations of good practice
  • Discussion on behaviour management and pastoral issues
  • Collaborative planning

All support staff are encouraged to participate in the local authority CPD opportunities as part of their career progression, such as achieving national qualifications.

Example from a secondary school

Support the school in achieving its developmental aims each year Likely lead to enhanced professional opportunities outside of the school  Take into account the needs of individuals seeking CPD support

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