Quality assurance of teachers’ continuing professional development

Quality assurance of teachers' continuing professional development


This rapid evidence review looks at lessons from other quality assurance systems, and how they could be applied to teachers' continuing professional development (CPD) in England.CPD (Continuing Professional development)
Key findings

CPD can be quality assured through a range of systems and processes that have different purposes and outcomes. Currently, there is no consistent or widely-used process to assure the quality of teachers' CPD in England.
Quality assurance systems for professional development can be broadly classified as:
kite-marking - CPD provision meets an accepted minimum standard
professional recognition - CPD provision is accredited against professional requirements and career progression pathways.
In some high-performing education systems, there is no perceived need for quality assurance because the whole system is assumed to be high-quality. 
In some other professions, for example in healthcare, quality assurance not only makes sure that CPD meets required standards, but also regulates who provides CPD and what they offer. 
All quality assurance systems are influenced by their wider social and professional contexts. If there is to be successful quality assurance for teachers' CPD in England, it needs to function within the wider influences of the English education system. 
Continuing professional development should be a lifelong, systematic and planned process to maintain and develop professional competence, creativity and innovation. The outcome has value for both the individual and their profession.

Any learning activity which maintains, develops or increases knowledge, technical skills, problem-solving or professional performance standards can be included in the continuing professional development toolbox. The over-arching goal is to provide top quality professional services.

Continuing professional development helps ensure your skills and knowledge are up to date. Undertaking high quality CPD is particularly important in today's fast moving technological world as the pace of change can soon make previous learning out-of-date.

Most professions set requirements for on-going CPD for their licensed, registered or chartered professionals, so that they can demonstrate their current competence in their chosen field. This applies to the engineering, architectural, legal, medical and accounting professions to name a few. There are a number of methods for achieving CPD compliance. We'll talk about both of these topics in later posts.

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