Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is the means by which members of professional associations maintain, improve and broaden their knowledge and skills and develop the personal qualities required in their professional lives.
Support for the professional development for teachers and support staff has been changing rapidly since the introduction of the DfES Strategy in 1998.
Traditionally, continuing professional development has been delivered through attendance at in-service training courses and school training events and by setting aside time to consider training materials and discussing curriculum initiatives.
Now, schools are drawing on the many different opportunities for CPD, including the use of leading teachers, Advanced Skills Teachers, secondment etc.
Teachers need access to high quality training and development in order to help them in their vital role in raising standards in the classroom.
As new demands are laid on teachers through the development of the curriculum so teachers must be supported in identifying the work they will need to do to equip themselves to meet the challenge.
Continuing professional development is designed to be supportive of teachers in a changing world.