CPD Quality Assurance

CPD Provider Recruitment

The Chartered College of Teaching, Teacher Development Trust and Sheffield Institute of Education are recruiting CPD providers to take part in the testing cycles of a pilot project which seeks to develop a quality assurance (QA) system for teacher professional development in England.

This phase will see a quality assurance system tested with a small number of CPD providers (up to ten per cycle of testing). Their provision will be reviewed by a trained panel of peer-reviewers, including teachers, against a rigorously evidence-based set of Quality Assurance criteria designed to test providers’ systems, processes and quality mechanisms, as well as the quality of content, delivery and impact related to specific courses or services. Your involvement in this pilot will require you or your organisation to submit a portfolio of evidence against these criteria, and recognition will be given to provision which meets these.

The pilot approach will also provide support for providers to understand how they could evaluate their quality, identify improvements and for schools to identify and select appropriate CPD for their needs.

Expressions of interest for Cycle 1 are now closed. However, if you or your organisation provides CPD to teachers and would like to apply to be involved in Cycle 2 (in October 2020), please complete this form (click to open in a new tab or submit below) to register interest by 31st August 2020. If you have any queries related to submission, please contact Maria Cunningham at maria.cunningham@tdtrust.org.

In 2018, the Wellcome Trust and Education Endowment Foundation commissioned Phase One of a project to explore the potential development of a quality assurance system for teachers’ Continuing Professional Development (CPD). The project was delivered by a consortium of the Chartered College of Teaching, the Teacher Development Trust and Sheffield Institute of Education, part of Sheffield Hallam University. The intention was to design, develop and research existing quality assurance systems and to test the potential for widespread, sustainable engagement in such a system.

In 2020, the Wellcome Trust commissioned Phase Two of the project, which will see a quality assurance system developed and tested with a small number of CPD providers. Their provision will be reviewed by a panel of stakeholders, including teachers, against set Quality Assurance criteria and recognition will be given to provision which meets these.

The rationale for this work is well-established: to support teachers and school leaders in making informed choices about CPD which is more likely to lead to improved pupil outcomes.

Read more about both phases of the project here.