Fifteen years ago, when I started teaching, schools could afford to send teachers to a range of Local Authority CPD courses. The picture looks very different now; minimal LA provision, schools struggling to afford CPD, and teachers recognising that one-off courses don’t always mean effective changes in classroom practice.
These days, teachers are taking professional development into their own hands. We’re seeing the rise of #EduTwitter, personal teaching blogs, meetings like Teach Meets, conferences and ubiquitous Facebook groups helping educators take ownership of their CPD.
There’s a huge difference between developing teacher experience, and translating that experience into expertise. So how can you make sure your CPD time is well-spent? And how do you measure the effectiveness of time spent furthering your knowledge?