Reflections On: Professional Learning and Chartered CPD Partner Status

Maria, our CEO reflects on the use of mechanisms and principles to evidence the impact of professional learning.

In these challenging times, it is more important than ever that teachers are celebrated for their expertise and professionalism. Research tells us that one of the most important things we can do to improve pupil outcomes is to continuously develop the quality of teaching and learning (1).

The ongoing professional development of teachers is therefore crucial to improving student outcomes. Additionally, it provides teachers with the time, support and resources that can significantly improve teacher satisfaction and retention.

Last year’s Ofsted review (2) into teachers’ professional development showed that while it is clear that leaders and teachers are receiving or planning for regular professional development, they are often unimpressed with the quality of their recent training and development. In terms of the characteristics of high-quality professional development, as categorised by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), a high proportion of teachers felt that they rarely received training that allowed them to reflect on their practice and embed learning.

“One of the beauties of teaching is that there is no limit to one’s growth as a teacher, just as there is no knowing beforehand how much your students can learn.”

Herbert R. Kohl

So how can we ensure that the professional development we provide actually has a lasting and sustained impact on classroom practice?

The EEF(3) recommends that when planning and designing professional learning there should be a key focus on the ‘mechanisms’ – the core building blocks of professional learning. Evidence suggests that effective professional learning programmes are more likely to include a mechanism from the following four groups:

1. Building knowledge
2. Motivating teachers
3. Developing teaching techniques
4. Embedding practice

All SAfE’s professional learning programmes are designed around our professional learning principles which are directly aligned to the teachers standards and the professional standard for CPD. These ensure that we have incorporated mechanisms which evidence suggests is likely to lead to habit change.

SAfE’s professional Learning Principles were developed to include; Education Equity, Commitment, Informed, Sustained, Reflections.

Chartered Status

Chartered Status is a professional learning and accreditation pathway supporting career-long development provided by the Chartered College of Teaching who hold the Royal Charter for the teaching profession in England. It is for teachers and leaders who are engaging in evidence-informed practice in schools. You can find out more about Chartered Status in the video.

SAfE Accredited with Chartered Status CPD Partner, from the Chartered College of Teaching

We are thrilled that we have been accredited as a Chartered Status CPD Partner. We know how much we are valued from feedback and recommendations by the teachers and schools that we are learning partners with. However, it’s very rewarding to now have official recognition of the excellence of the High Impact Teaching Series: Reading and Writing Primary 23-24.

Teachers and school leaders studying on this programme will now have the opportunity to have their learning formally certified by the Chartered College of Teaching and earn CPD credits towards Chartered Status.

Chartered Status CPD Partner logo

Partnership with the Chartered College of Teaching builds on SAfE’s reputation by recognising our commitment to delivering high-quality, evidence-informed professional learning. And in turn SAFE is supportive of the Chartered College of Teaching’s vision for teachers to be working in the most effective, informed way to provide the best possible education for children and young people now, and in the future.

“An empowered profession brings in outside expertise when necessary, but is also confident to share our own expertise to challenge and innovate.”

Dame Alison Peacock


Maria Dawes, CEO for SAfE & Surrey Teaching School Network

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