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CPD Planning and Preparation Pack

CPD Planning and Preparation Pack

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Looking to plan and prepare an effective continuous professional development cycle? Whether you’re wondering how to explore the training needs of all staff within your team or want to ensure you have a combination of whole-school and individual-focused support, this CPD Planning and Preparation Pack can support you throughout the process.

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What's included in this bundle?

A comprehensive guidance pack with accompanying templates to help you plan and prepare an effective CPD offer and support your thinking when deciding the best approach to take. Among the templates included are seven detailed skills audits to help you explore the individual strengths and areas for development of staff at all levels plus surveys to help you look into the career aspirations of staff within your team. 

When you make your purchase, you'll receive a ZIP file containing the whole pack, including:

  • 25-page Guidance PDF in full colour containing all the guidance, research and information you need.
  • low-colour, print-friendly version of the same PDF.
  • 13 fully editable and easy-to-use templates that can be adapted for your setting. These include:
  1. CPD Delivery Self-Evaluation Form
  2. CPD Participant Evaluation Form
  3. CPD Plan and Cycle 
  4. CPD Report to Governors
  5. CPD Survey 
  6. Headteacher Skills Audit
  7. IT Skills Audit
  8. Middle Leaders Skills Audit
  9. Support Staff Skills Audit
  10. Teacher Skills Audit
  11. Senior Leaders Skills Audit 
  12. Subject Leader Skills Audit
  13. Staff Career Development and Aspirations Survey

In this pack, you’ll explore how to determine the training needs of your staff members, consider what to include in your CPD plan and cycle, and reflect on the benefits of different approaches to CPD, including internal and externally-led training, and whole-school or individualised programmes. We’ve also included information on how to keep your governing body updated on your CPD provision.

This pack also gives an overview of how to develop your CPD cycle based on the needs of your setting and staff team.

Who will find this resource useful?

Headteachers, senior leaders, middle leaders, subject leaders, CPD co-ordinators, line managers and all other staff members involved in the planning and preparation of CPD activities. This pack is also useful for the governing body or trust leaders to ensure the CPD programme provided is comprehensive and considers career aspirations to support staff retention and succession planning. 

What questions does this pack have the answers to?

Planning and delivering an effective professional development programme ensures you equip staff with the skills they need and, in turn, improves pupil outcomes and the learning that takes place in your school. Reflect upon the CPD you have provided before and tailor your next CPD cycle with success.

Key questions answered:

  • What is CPD?
  • Why is CPD important?
  • Why is it necessary to identify the strengths and areas for development within the team?
  • What are the CPD needs in my setting?
  • How can I identify individual staff training needs?
  • Why does CPD need to be planned for?
  • What is a CPD plan and cycle?
  • When is the best time to write a CPD plan and cycle?
  • Who should organise CPD?
  • What does effective CPD look like?
  • What are the differences between whole-school and individual-focused CPD?
  • How can I ensure staff receive effective and appropriate CPD?
  • What considerations are there when creating a CPD plan and cycle?
  • Is external training the right approach?
  • How can I use the information I have to make a yearly CPD cycle?
  • Why do I need to balance whole-school and individual-focused CPD?
  • What about CPD for support staff?
  • What should I do if I can’t fulfil all individual CPD requests?
  • Why is it important to evaluate the impact of CPD?
  • What are some of the common pitfalls and how can they be avoided?
  • How can I avoid inconsistencies in the planning and delivery of CPD?
  • How will I know if CPD has been effective?
  • How can I keep the governing body updated on CPD needs and budgetary implications?

What else can help me?

Browse Honeyguide's 'Working With People' resources for more support.