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CPD and how it supports your school

Here at Smart Teachers, we think continuing professional development (CPD) is a key part of any job in education. As well as keeping knowledge and skills up-to-date in an ever-changing sector, there are so many benefits for the individuals taking part and this has a positive impact on the school too. Here are a few reasons why hiring someone with recent and regular CPD will support your school…


Staff with CPD training certificates on their CV are usually also the ones who have a constant drive to improve. They are enthusiastic and committed to their career in education and are never happy with a ‘that will do’ approach. Who wouldn’t want someone like that in their school?


With CPD, staff can follow a specified career path, focus on a specialist subject or they can take courses purely because they enjoy learning. Either way, staff who fulfil their goals are more engaged, motivated and have an increased sense of purpose in their role. This is then very likely to reflect positively in the classroom and the wider school around them.


CPD can keep the love for the profession alive. It’s vital time away from the classroom to get perspective on situations and be a key reminder of why staff do what they do. Having passionate staff who really care about their subject and their pupils will help you create the right atmosphere and culture in your school.


Training courses cover a range of areas to develop in including mental health for pupils and for staff. Developing a greater resilience to stress enables staff to be ready to tackle any new challenges, especially useful for supply staff working at different schools each day.


Management and leadership skills are important to learn even if staff aren’t necessarily looking for a leadership career - staff are managers of their classrooms and can often lead on specialist areas too. That makes these skills equally important to harness and nurture for staff to be the best they can be.

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These are just a few of the many advantages of CPD for schools and is why we provide free CPD for all candidates registered with us. We nurture an excellent workforce that is reliable and ready for you to use when you need it.

If you want to find out more about working with us, contact your local branch today and discover how your school can benefit from our great teachers and support staff.

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