The Good CPD Guide is the free national CPD database. This article explains how it works. This is one of the articles in the National Teacher Enquiry Network May Half Term Newsletter (sign up here).
The GoodCPDGuide is the national CPD database for schools and teachers. We started this database in response to the old TDA (Training and Development Agency) closing their database. The site provides a one-stop shop whereby users can find training courses, events (such as conferences), consultancy services, books, videos and podcasts all related to CPD.
The site is a completely free service provided by the Teacher Development Trust to help schools and teachers find effective CPD resources they are looking for. There is no cost at any time either for teachers whosign-up or providers who advertise their listings.
We have formed a partnership with the Sutton Trust and Education Endowment Foundation to help schools find the best CPD to spend their Pupil Premium money on.
The Sutton Trust and EEF produce a research toolkit that Ofsted and the DfE use to help decide if schools are using this money effectively. Our database lists providers who are able to support this research toolkit with their services.
We’re very pleased to welcome our new providers who have joined the GoodCPDGuide database this month, some of these include Peak Consultancy, SAPARE, UFA, AccessAbility Solutions, AP Education, Bristol Film Academy, Leeds Metropolitan University, GAL Education, Royal Shakespeare Society and PSHE Association. Find their latest CPD courses and service listings here.
The site has been growing in popularity since its launch at the beginning of the Academic Year (1st September) with over 64,000 visitors and 84,000 page views! Our top provider has had 1,700 hits and 400 click-throughs.
If you are a CPD provider looking to benefit from this growing traffic, click here.
How do we ensure only the best is on there?
In order to ensure only the best CPD resources with real impact are on the GoodCPDGuide, we quality assure listings in three ways:
1) Code of Practice – Requires all providers on the database to declare that they will follow best practices when delivering training and expertise
2) TripAdvisor Style reviews – Allows teachers to describe and rate the impact that the training, expert or resource has had on the learning of pupils in their classrooms
3) Quality rating system – Providers can commission an independent review of their training and procedures, leading to an official star rating on the guide.
We have recently conducted a Quality Assurance Audit whereby six providers were selected at random to fill out a proforma concerning one of their courses. The information was then reviewed by our QA panel who evaluated the evidence against the Code of Practise and Sutton Trust and EEF toolkit specifications.
To read more and find out the results from the QA audit, click here.
CPD recommendations from YOU
If you or your school have recently been on a CPD training course that has had an impact on your teaching and practise, then we are very interested in finding out! Recommend them here and help others benefit too!
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