Improve staff wellbeing and pupil outcomes by taking a personalised approach to staff CPD

The Duston School has seen big improvements in staff wellbeing and retention, as well as pupil performance, by providing an environment where staff can take charge of their own development. See how it was done, and how you can do it too.

Last reviewed on 9 November 2021
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  1. This will work for you if …
  2. 1. Get the foundations in place 
  3. 2. Get to know your staff
  4. 3. Create 2 strands of CPD 
  5. 4. Give options for individual CPD
  6. 5. Ditch data-driven performance management
  7. 6. Review and refine
  8. 7. Let your staff inform your development and improvement plans
  9. How will this change the big picture in my school?

Professional development plays a crucial role in staff wellbeing, as shown in research from Ofsted. The DfE’s staff wellbeing charter also includes access to CPD as a vital element.

One approach to CPD that schools have reported as causing a significant uplift in workplace wellbeing is helping staff to follow their own individual development needs and interests. 

The Duston School is one of these schools. Below, we explain how it has improved staff wellbeing and pupil outcomes by taking an individualised approach to professional development.

This will work for you if …

1. Get the foundations