The link between professional development for teachers and improved educational outcomes is well known. This idea has been pushed to the forefront by the government with the recent announcement of a fund to support continuing professional development (CPD) for teachers.
The focus is not simply around money, though. They are particularly championing Teaching Schools to deliver evidence-based professional development in order to continue the movement towards a school-led approach to CPD and school improvement.
The value of school-to-school approaches to learning and development has already been proven in the success of teaching schools, alliances and hubs – but how can these organisations and networks tackle the new challenges set by the government around CPD?
In our upcoming Power of Hubs conference on 29 January – supported by Challenge Partners, the Teaching Schools Council and the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) – we’ll be exploring how ‘hub’ models (the basis of most Teaching School Alliances) can best deliver on their new CPD objectives.
Our speakers include Munira Mirza, Deputy Mayor for Education and Culture, London Leadership Strategy’s Chair, Professor David Woods, and Managing Director Anita Kerwin-Nye, alongside Sir George Berwick of Challenge Partners and David Weston of the Teacher Development Trust. There will also be representatives from successful and emerging hubs.
The conference aims to answer the following key questions:
- What does the landscape look like currently?
- Why focus on hub effectiveness?
- What are the parameters of CPD evidence?
There will also be sessions with experts in marketing and communications, business planning and programme development to give you the tools and advice to progress your work.