There are four ways to help you keep track of your professional development:
1. Carry out a self-assessment of your professional skills, knowledge and understanding against the Professional Standards, to identify your areas for development.
2. Create a professional development plan based on the results of your self-assessment that outlines areas for development that are relevant to your practice and note the actions you will take, with anticipated outcomes for your learners.
3. Record your CPD, so that you have a log of your CPD activity.
4. Reflect on the CPD activity and review your progress, identifying impact of CPD on your practice with others and identifying the impact on your learners’ outcomes.
This resource enables you to engage with your professional development in an active way, by promoting on-going development, with an emphasis on professional discussions with your peers to support the development of your skills and knowledge.
Use the online tool (access it through your dashboard by clicking ‘My professional development’ and then ‘self-assessment’) for a simple, quick and effective way to understand how well you currently perform against the standards.
The standards provide a common framework for tracking development and this resource enables you to score yourself against each of the 20 standards and add comments. At the end, you can print a summary that includes charts that display your self-assessed skills. You can revisit your scores by carrying out the self-assessment at a later date, so you can monitor your progress.
It is important to recognise that unlike competencies that you either do or do not have, performance against the standards can develop over time, so you need to choose to work on the standards that are most relevant to your practice and learners.
2. Professional Development Plan (PDP)
Once you have decided which of the professional standards in each of the three sections you would like to develop, the professional development plan enables you to list your objectives and state how and when you will undertake the CPD activity. If you are a newly qualified teacher, your plan could also include priorities highlighted in the action plan that may have been developed at the end of your initial teacher education programme.
This plan could help provide a structure to any discussions you may have with your manager or mentor regarding your career development and aspirations. Open a Word template to complete by downloading a PDP Word template.
3. Record your CPD
This enables you to keep track of your CPD and identify what action you will take to apply what you have learned to your practice.
To record your CPD, you need to access your My SET dashboard and click on ‘My professional development’.
4. Reflection on practice and impact on learners: record of progress
This enables you to reflect on the actions you have taken and review your progress, and should be carried out once per term. It helps you to identify and record any changes in your practice and the impact on your learners, and may contribute to meetings you may have with your line manager or mentor about progress. Download a record of progress Word template.
After you have completed this critical reflection, you can carry out the self-assessment against the professional standards again, to identify any improvements in your practice.
- What are three key strengths of my practice this term?
- What are three key areas for development next term?
Transfer these to your professional development plan.