Continuing professional development is important in all industries, but for teachers it’s especially vital to ensure effectiveness in the classroom.
Not only that, it can increase teacher motivation and confidence and stand you in good stead when moving between schools – something supply teachers know all too well.
CPD for teachers helps keep you up to date with your chosen specialism, if you have one, as well as stay abreast of the latest approaches to teaching.
It’s easy to get swallowed up in the day-to-day busyness that being a teacher inevitably attracts; however, investing in CPD can put you head and shoulders above the rest, as well as making sure you offer the best possible teaching environment for the students in your classroom.
What is CPD and why should you do it?
So, what exactly is CPD training for teachers?
Put simply, continuing professional development is the practice of engaging in activities which develop your professional skills in a given industry.
It encourages teachers to take an active role in their career, enabling them to keep their qualifications up to date and even train in new areas.
It is of huge benefit to supply teachers because not only does it strengthen your professional credibility, it can also boost your confidence levels and allow you to be more creative in the classroom.
An additional benefit, and one great reason why schools and supply teaching agencies promote CPD, is it underpins high teaching standards and ensures everyone in a school is working towards the same goal.
Finally, CPD ensures teachers are compliant and up to date with the Department for Education and Ofsted’s requirements, which are continually evolving and changing.