Example activities for your CPD

Example activities for your CPD

Your continuing professional development (CPD) is unique to you; it’s the story of your development, specific to your needs and area of subject specialism. Many members do not realise the extent of the CPD they undertake and what they can count as development. Here we give you some ideas.

The Institute for Learning's first review of CPD published in 2009, highlighted some exciting and innovative areas of practice and interesting examples of effective CPD activities based on members' own experiences. These were broken down into the two parts of your dual professionalism:

For updating your teaching and learning skills

For updating your subject or vocational specialism

Peer coaching (coaching others and being coached in your subject or vocational area) Gaining Skills for Life qualifications to train in supporting and embedding literacy, numeracy and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
Subject learning coach or advanced learning coach training Gaining further qualifications in your subject or industrial expertise through accredited courses
Mentoring new colleagues Industrial updating through visits, placements, secondments or shadowing
Peer review and observation Being a member of a special interest group or another professional body
Peer visits to community organisations or partners Taking on examiner, verifier or assessor responsibilities
Work shadowing Attending briefings by awarding bodies and colleagues
Team teaching Presenting at a conference in your subject area
Leading team or department self-assessment Supervising research
Carrying out and disseminating action research Subject learning coaching training
Designing innovative feedback mechanisms (learners and peers) Leading project development in your subject area
Chairing team meetings Writing reports and papers to inform your colleagues
Constructing professional dialogue and learning conversation opportunities Planning or running a staff development activity
Becoming an eCPD adviser or eguide Organising trips, residentials and work placements
Being an active member of a committee, board, or steering group related to teaching or your subject area Reading the latest journal articles for colleagues
Sharing ideas and resources with other teachers and trainers through My QTLS Updating knowledge through the internet, television and other media
Curriculum design, development and validation Public service and voluntary work
Reading and reviewing books or journal articles Networking with other subject specialists through My QTLS
Updating knowledge through the internet, television, or other media and reviewing these with a group of professional colleagues  

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