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A CPD programme operates throughout the academic year, with a flexible package that offers sessions at varying times of days and days of the week, with topics repeated for staff convenience. There is a focus of events during July and early September, (when many teaching staff do not have current students) and during the October and February half-terms, (when there are no formal lessons for students). In 2013-14 the majority of staff completed their CPD requirement, however for many there was a

culture of ‘tick-box’ and ‘product’, rather than being part of a positive process and support network to increase the impact of better teaching, learning and assessment on students.

Why is CPD important in the Education and Training Sector?

Lemov (2010 p1) states that ‘Great Teaching is an art…..Great art relies on the mastery and application of foundational skills’. Allison (2014 p5) cites Gladwell and his suggestion that it takes 10,000 hours to become ‘expert’ at a particular skill and Cowley (2014 p1) makes a bold opening statement that ‘An unequivocal characteristic of professionalism is expertise and the obligation to remain up to date in such professional expertise’. All three therefore state the ideas of practise in the practice of teaching, that skills and tools need to be developed and honed, within cultures of learning and not as isolated episodes or solitary events.

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