We all know that when teachers are exposed to high-quality training, their teaching improves and they are able to have a greater impact on student attainment. Continuing professional development (CPD) programmes are therefore essential in all schools to raise the standard of teaching and learning, and to help close the achievement gap. However, with the majority of maintained schools in the UK currently facing extreme budgetary pressures, there is often little cash available to send teachers on courses run by external CPD providers.
Schools are increasingly choosing to cover CPD in-house, with individual teachers, middle leaders and senior leaders organising training sessions for their staff. Aside from saving money, in-house CPD has many benefits, including:
- Those running the training will be aware of the specific school context and the
day-to-day issues the school faces, and will be able to tailor the training accordingly.
- In-house CPD can unify staff behind a common school improvement goal, helping teachers to work together more effectively and to feel less isolated in their own classrooms.
- Providing individual staff members with the opportunity to run sessions in their chosen specialism can empower them, give them a sense of autonomy over their own practice and help them to develop key leadership skills.
Nevertheless, designing a CPD programme can be daunting. Whether teachers are looking to better their own practice or coach their colleagues, it can be hard to know where to start.
Bloomsbury CPD Library
The Bloomsbury CPD Library is a series of books written by teachers for teachers with guidance, advice and strategies that are designed to be practical, relevant, adaptable, informed and affordable. It provides primary and secondary teachers with comprehensive and accessible ‘do-it-yourself’ CPD. It is perfect for individual teachers, middle leaders and those looking to introduce whole-school training programmes.
Books in the Bloomsbury CPD Library cover marking and feedback, special educational needs and disabilities, secondary curriculum design and assessment, becoming a middle leader, stretch and challenge, mentoring and coaching, using technology in the classroom and independent learning. And this is just the beginning!
The books are split into two halves: Part 1: Teach yourself and Part 2: Train others. In Part 1: Teach yourself, readers are encouraged to assess, improve, evaluate and excel in their own practice, while Part 2: Train others offers guidance on how to lead successful in-house CPD sessions.
Part 1: Teach yourself
In each book in the Bloomsbury CPD Library, Part 1: Teach yourself takes readers through a four-stage process that will help them to improve their own practice in the specific area covered in the book.
In Bloomsbury CPD Library: Research-Informed Practice, for example, this four-stage process is as follows:
Stage 1: Assess introduces the concept of research in education and what it means to be research informed in education.
Stage 2: Improve moves on to exploring the key sources readers should engage with, enabling them to keep up with new research ideas and findings.
Stage 3: Evaluate focuses on evaluating what steps readers have taken to develop their approach to research-informed practice and identifying further needs and requirements.
Stage 4: Excel looks at how readers can create an action research question that will encourage them to use research-informed knowledge to find solutions to their issues or problems.
At the end of each chapter you will find teaching tips, recommendations for sharing ideas and practice, a reading recommendation or title for discussion at a CPD reading group, a link to useful blog posts, and a ‘to do’ list to help your planning.
Part 2: Train Others
This section of the books in the Bloomsbury CPD Library looks at how teachers can develop practice more widely across their school to benefit both staff and students.
Whether readers would like to start things off with one whole-school session, or would like to run a series of training sessions for a specific group of staff, this section provides the training plans and resources to set up in-house CPD with the minimum of fuss. The section includes:
- advice on how to run effective CPD
- training plans for whole-school and small group sessions aimed at different audiences
- a complete set of PowerPoint presentations to match the training plans, which are ready to use straightaway.
There are a wealth of online resources accompanying the books in the Bloomsbury CPD Library, including templates, questionnaires and PowerPoint presentations. These free electronic resources can be downloaded and adapted for CPD sessions – a big time saver!
Praise for the Bloomsbury CPD Library
On Bloomsbury CPD Library: Research-Informed Practice
‘Like the other titles in this brilliant Bloomsbury CPD Library series, Jennifer Ludgate’s Research-Informed Practice is immensely practical in nature and bursting with advice if your intention is to become more research-informed but you are not sure where to start.’
– Hélène Galdin O-Shea, ResearchED organiser and Research Advocate at Park High School
On Bloomsbury CPD Library: Research-Informed Practice
‘This book is useful for keen teachers and conscientious school leaders seeking research evidence that can helpfully inform their practice in the classroom.’
– Alex Quigley, National Content Manager at the Education Endowment Foundation and former English teacher, @HuntingEnglish
On Bloomsbury CPD Library: Stretch and Challenge
‘This is an invaluable and comprehensive book for both classroom teachers and CPD leaders. Debbie Light’s book will definitely be my “go to read” for clarity, innovation and a common sense approach to this topic.’
– Debbie Ferrer, Associate Assistant Head, Bentley Wood High School
On Bloomsbury CPD Library: Middle Leadership
‘The “must have” reflective toolkit for every ambitious teacher on their journey towards middle leadership.’
– Jon Tait, Deputy Headteacher, Acklam Grange School
On Bloomsbury CPD Library: Supporting Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
‘…a comprehensive guide that will increase your knowledge about children with SEND, support you in improving your classroom practice, and help you train your colleagues as well. This book is simply indispensable.’
– Sue Cowley, Teacher Trainer