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Continuing professional development
Continuing professional development (CPD) is about providing staff in all service areas with information, tools and training to support their ongoing professional development. Professional learning happens in many ways. Although often associated with 'going on a course' much successful CPD occurs within school. Central to professional development is a commitment to continuous improvement and a willingness to be reflective.
The following are just a few examples of experiences associated with professional development in schools:
In many schools, professional development of both teachers and support staff is linked to the school's overall development priorities. This means you might be included in training on key issues that is being provided for all teaching and support staff. Your more personalised development needs should be discussed in your annual performance review meeting. However, it is important that you are proactive about your needs, so don't be reluctant to ask your line manager about development you feel you need at any stage in the year. The fact that you are taking your professional development seriously will be seen very positively by your school.
If you are keen to develop then why not have a look at Teachers tv? Here you will find a large range of programmes aimed at support staff available to view or download.