Ofsted's 'Logical Chain'
The Logical Chain: Continuing Professional Development in Effective Schools, published by Ofsted, says continuing professional development (CPD) is most effective in schools where senior managers fully understand its potential for raising standards and are committed to using it as a key driver for school improvement.
The report describes CPD arrangements as a logical chain which entails identifying school and staff needs, planning to meet them, providing varied and relevant activities, involving support staff alongside teachers, monitoring progress and evaluating the impact of professional development.
The report recommends that to improve the professional development of teachers and support staff, the TDA should work with schools to:
enhance managers' skills in evaluating the impact of their CPD arrangements
devise easy-to-use practical tools to enable schools to assess the value for money and cost effectiveness of their CPD
encourage more subject-specific training and development in primary schools
disseminate effective methods for identifying the individual needs of staff and provide models of individual training plans for schools to adopt or adapt
make more effective use of coaching and mentoring.
The full report is available from the Ofsted website.
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