How to develop, monitor and evaluate a CPD programme

Find out how to create a continued professional development (CPD) programme that’s tailored to the needs of your staff and your school. Learn how to write a CPD action plan, monitor your CPD, and use our template forms to collect feedback and evaluate the programme's impact.

Last reviewed on 6 October 2022
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  1. 1. Identify the needs of your school and your staff
  2. 2. Choose or design effective CPD to meet those needs
  3. 3. Create a CPD action plan
  4. 4. Discuss the plan with your staff
  5. 5. Monitor progress and evaluate impact
  6. 6. Capture your findings and record staff participation

1. Identify the needs of your school and your staff

Your CPD programme should be designed to meet the specific needs of your school and your staff, so think about what those needs are before you start.

School needs

Identify and review your school’s priorities, targets and goals using:

  • Your school improvement plan (SIP)
  • Subject action plans 
  • Any recommendations from Ofsted inspections or monitoring reports
  • Findings from learning walks, lesson observations or staff meetings
  • Emerging needs in the sector or your community – for example, an increase in pupils with English as an additional language (EAL) might mean staff need more relevant training
  • Emerging needs at your school – for example, if a key member of staff is likely to retire soon and leave a skills gap, you may want to upskill other staff in these skills

Staff needs

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