Press Release: Shaping the Future of CPD

Profession calls for a move away from ‘urgent’ activities towards a focus on sustained professional learning

IRIS Connect, the market leading video CPD tool for reflection, coaching and collaboration, has released its Shaping the Future of CPD ‘Time to focus on the important, not the urgent’ report and recommendations for schools, national policy and inter-school collaboration following its conference last month.

Featuring leading experts including Sir Tim Brighouse, Professor Pete Dudley, Philippa Cordingley from CUREE, Vivienne Porritt from UCL Institute of Education and David Weston from the Teacher Development Trust, the conference and its subsequent report highlights the importance of enabling trust, capacity, collaboration and teacher-led approaches to research, evidence and CPD.

professional learning shaping the future of CPD eventIn particular, consensus emerged around the importance and potential of technology as a powerful lever in the future of CPD.

The new report explores the key themes that emerged from the conference, attended by school leaders, teaching professionals, academics, researchers and others engaged in the CPD agenda, including:

  • The need to build trust at all levels of the education system.
  • Exploring ways to create capacity to focus on the important, yet not always perceived urgent, issue of CPD.
  • Establishing routes to meaningful collaboration between schools and with universities.
  • Developing formative approaches to evidence and the evaluation of CPD.
  • Utilising technology as a powerful lever to release potential in schools.

Graham Newell, Director of Education at IRIS Connect, said: “It is well recognised that teacher quality is paramount and that traditional professional learning opportunities are often flawed. In light of the government’s ‘A World-Class Teaching Profession’ consultation and fierce debates around a proposed College of Teaching, it is more important than ever that we move away from doing the ever-changing ‘urgent’ activities and focus on the important issue of professional learning.

“Shaping the Future of CPD gave professionals the opportunity to discuss ‘what works’, challenge the status quo and chart a course for the future of professional learning. The report reflects the voice of these professionals and provides recommendations for policy makers, collaborative groups and schools.

“The report highlights the importance of harnessing technology as a tool to empower teachers and create capacity for collaborative CPD, within and across schools. We are extremely proud to have pushed the frontiers of video CPD even further through focused investment based on research and talking to teachers. Our recent developments are a step-change in teacher security, permissioning and the sharing of practice at an ease, scale and cost previously deemed impossible.”

The report puts forward a number of key recommendations including:

At National Level

  • The need to maintain a tight focus on the importance of evidence-based professional learning opportunities.
  • Reassuring the profession that a College of Teaching will be truly independent.
  • Ensuring that Ofsted becomes a part of the ‘warp and weft’ of school improvement and does not drive the urgent at the expense of the important.

Inter-school Collaboration

  • Developing a common understanding around language and processes that are clear about what great teaching looks like.
  • Investing in technology that enables iterative collaboration between and across schools.
  • Through inter-school collaboration, ‘keep the end in mind’ when developing learning opportunities and ensure these translate into the needs of pupils attending schools with different identities, challenges and opportunities.

At School Level:

  • Ensure that there is clarity on the purpose of lesson observations so that formative development is distinct from the accountability framework.
  • Embed professional learning as an ongoing process within the school timetable.
  • Enable sharing of practice in a non-judgemental culture that acknowledges the importance of informed risk taking.
  • Develop and exploit the opportunities of technology as a collaborative tool within agreed protocols that ensure teacher control.

Matt Newell, Director of Technology, says: “I believe that from the technology perspective, the future of video CPD is here. The real future of CPD, as summed up in the Shaping the Future of CPD report, is about how we use these tools to enable the types of professional learning that have a real impact on student outcomes. We have built a platform for the future and will continue to listen to the profession to deliver the tools they need.

“Our collaboration with SSAT, the largest and longest-established schools’ network in the country, to build and distribute video modules related to their Teacher Effectiveness Enhancement Programme, is one example of the many steps we are taking to help teachers put theory into practice.”

To download the Shaping the Future of CPD report and to find out more about the conference and accompanying resources and slides, visit

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Contact Laura Smith, Consilium Communications

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