CUREE takes the international evidence about staff and leadership learning to offer SKEIN CPD, a professional development evaluation service focusing on four key aspects which will lead to improved pupil and teacher outcomes. SKEIN CPD can enable you to ensure your CPD is cost effective, evidence the quality of your existing CPD provision and build capacity to support progression and development.
Who is it for?
SKEIN CPD is designed to help school leaders formulate the next steps for their CPD (continuing professional development) provision to best support the professional development of their staff and maximise impact on student outcomes. The service provides practical action points for schools to build on and use to focus their CPD efforts.
The SKEIN CPD service can also help schools looking to evidence the quality of their CPD provision through a comprehensive report, providing evidence of the schools commitment to CPD as featured in the current DfE standard for teachers' professional development and Inspection Framework;
Inspectors will make a judgement on the effectiveness of leadership and management by considering:
- The quality of continuous professional development for teachers at the start, middle and late stage of their careers, including to develop leadership capacity and how leaders and governors promote effective practice across the school
- The quality of the provision and outcomes through robust self-assessment, taking account of users’ views, and use the findings to develop capacity for sustainable improvement.’ (The School Inspection Handbook, January 2018)
SKEIN CPD works for Primary and Secondary schools, and the alternative SKEIN Light service is available for schools with a limited budget. SKEIN CPD can also be used across your alliance or MAT, with opportunities to train colleagues as SKEIN Facilitators.
How does it work?
A dedicated, expert research team will analyse your existing data and school documents whilst gathering evidence from the school community via staff surveys, school visits and discussions.
Capacity for and ownership of progress within your staff team is built through developmental focus groups designed to minimise disruption to your timetable.
You’ll receive a personalised profile against recognised benchmarks plus a practical set of recommendations unique to your school based on the research and diagnostic undertaken. After two-and-a-half terms you'll also have the opportunity for a follow-up visit to capture your progress.
Following your evaluation you'll have access to an online archive of helpful resources and 'Golden Eggs' - examples of great CPD for you to consider within the context of your own practice.
Why is it different?
SKEIN CPD uses high quality research tools and internationally recognised evidence about the role of leaders in improving learning, the accelerators for school improvement and the barriers to progression. CUREE has made use of this research and evidence to identify the key aspects of professional development which actually improve learner outcomes and what each looks on a scale from developing to transformatively integrated into the systems and structures of the school. These aspects closely align with the DfE Standard for Teachers' Professional Development.
CUREE’s quality assurance processes which underpin SKEIN CPD provide a rigorous diagnostic and action plan which focusses on what will make the most difference for your specific school.
The entire process is driven by generating outcomes that you can actually implement to create a pathway towards providing exceptional learning experiences and results.
Does it work?
Over thirty schools have already engaged in SKEIN CPD, and you can read what they had to say about their SKEIN CPD experiences on the testimonials page.
“We really appreciate the depth of the report and what we are able to draw from it. No-one has ever engaged with us in this depth before” - Melanie Warnes, Head of Castle School
I want to know more!
In 2015, CUREE presented a paper detailing the key findings from SKEIN CPD. This presentation has since been adapted into an article you can read here.
Want to know what a SKEIN CPD report looks like? Click here to view an anonymised report.
For any specific queries, or to find out how SKEIN CPD could help your school, email email@example.com or call on 024 7652 4036.