Just in time for the new school term, Ofsted have announced a fresh set of inspection guidlines to accompany its work in schools. They represent a renewed focus by the organisation on how school leaders help to facilitate the continual learning of teaching staff as ‘inspectors will look at leaders’ vision and ambition for all children and learners’ (The Future of Education Inspection, Understanding the Changes).
Focussing upon the developmental and staff learning opportunities offered by a school, the new changes highlight the important role CPD plays in overall achievement and schools are expected to consider their current CPD offerings in line with Ofsted’s requirements prior to future inspections. SKEIN’s improvement service is an easy way for schools to evaluate their current CPD portfolio, and offers a valuable tool to evidence their ongoing commitment to improving staff learning and professional development.Undertaken by CUREE professionals and resulting in a comprehensive, independent report the unobtrusive service helps to model coherent and effective CPD initiatives while providing the evidence and research needed to make future CPD decisions. As the criteria for outstanding changes to accommodate the need for successful staff development strategies, SKEIN continues to be a valuable consultation for educating practitioners looking to improve their CPD offering.
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