Continuing Professional Development (CPD)


This page covers:

  • What is continuing professional development (CPD)?
  • Support for CPD
  • Removal of CPD regulations
  • Links to CPD guides
  • CPD: teaching, learning and assessment
  • CPD activities
  • CPD: changes in education and training
  • CPD: subject skills and knowledge
  • Websites: courses (some free, and information)
  • CPD resources for immediate download

CPD events

The Education and Training Foundation have a list of events which are offered by different organisations: You can click on the word 'calendar' on the page to view the events by months.

Lou Mycroft has created a Padlet of events here:

I am no longer delivering events. However, you can follow me on Twitter where I post the latest information regarding the further education and training sector. You can also see a list of online CPD courses here.

What is continuing professional development (CPD)?

CPD is the means by which you can maintain and improve your skills, knowledge and understanding which should have a positive impact upon your practice. It’s not always about attending courses or gaining qualifications, but taking responsibility for aspects you need to know more about, or improve. Hopefully this article will give you a few ideas of what you could do to keep up to date with the subject you teach and assess. Some useful websites and resources are listed at the end of this page.

If you work in education, CPD should relate not only to teaching, learning and assessment practices, but also to changes in education policies, the use of technology and developments regarding your specialist subject. This is known as being a ‘dual professional’. You are a professional teacher and assessor as well as a professional in the subject you teach and assess.

At any time of year, it’s always good to take time to reflect on what has gone well, what hasn't and what can be improved. You can then plan what you need to do next. 

Support for CPD

Removal of CPD regulations

The Further Education (FE) Workforce Regulations for England were revoked in 2012. It is no longer a requirement for teachers and assessors in England to make a declaration of their CPD each year. However, if you are a member of a professional association such as the  Society for Education and Training (SET), you must make a commitment to carry out CPD each year. The SET offers free online courses and CPD events for their members. you can find our more about CPD from the SET by clicking here.

Links to CPD guides

These are from the previous professional association for teachers and trainers - the Institute for Learning (IfL), however, there is still some useful information in them.

IfL Review of CPD

IfL Guidelines for your CPD

IfL & LSIS Brilliant teaching and training in FE and skills


CPD: teaching, learning and assessment

It could be that you feel you are up to date with teaching, learning and assessment practices. Perhaps you have recently achieved a teaching qualification, or are working towards an assessor or quality assurer award.

If not, there are many organisations offering courses or updates, many of which can be taken online. 

Several websites are listed the end of this page for you to check to help keep you up to date with what's happening in the sector. Some also offer free online courses.

CPD activities can include:

  • attending meetings and standardisation activities
  • carrying out relevant research
  • collaborative working
  • discussing and sharing ideas with your colleagues
  • evaluating feedback from peers, learners and others
  • mentoring and coaching new staff
  • networking (online and in person)
  • partaking in events, webinars and training programmes
  • peer observations
  • reflecting about what you have done, and what impact it has had and learning from mistakes
  • shadowing colleagues
  • team teaching
  • updating your English, maths and digital skills
  • using new and emerging technologies for your job role, and teaching, learning and assessment activities.

CPD: changes in education and training 

There are constant changes in education; therefore it is crucial to keep up to date and embrace them. Examples include changes to the programmes or qualifications you will deliver and assess, changes to policies and practices within your organisation, regulatory requirements and government initiatives. 

Keeping up to date with changes could include:

  • becoming a moderator, examiner or quality assurer
  • following relevant professional standards and codes of practice
  • membership of professional organisations
  • researching developments and changes to relevant legislation, policies and procedures
  • subscribing to various updates such as those offered by Ofqual and awarding organisations (see the list at the end of this page).

CPD: subject skills and knowledge

You can partake in lots of activities which cost very little, such as researching websites, reading journals and text books which are relevant to your subject. Many publishers are happy to give away free inspection copies of text books (hard copy or electronic) in return for feedback. This can be a way of ensuring your knowledge of the subject you are teaching is current. Just take a look on any publishers' website for 'inspection copies'.

Keeping up to date with your subject could include:

  • creating or updating a reading list in your subject area for your learners 
  • e-learning and online activities
  • industrial and workplace visits
  • membership of professional and trade associations or committees
  • presenting at a conference
  • reading current text books and journals 
  • researching developments or changes to your subject 
  • secondments
  • voluntary or part time work
  • work experience placements
  • writing or reviewing books and articles.

You could join free social network sites such as LinkedIn, which is a professional networking site. Here you will find groups you can join specifically aimed at your specialist subject. You can post questions and respond to queries, and join in regular discussions. If there isn't a group for your subject area, you can create one. You can join me in the Award, Certificate and Diploma Group.

CPD can be informal or formal, planned well in advance or be opportunistic. 

It should have a real impact upon your role, leading to an improvement in practice and an impact upon learning.

Reflecting on your experiences and documenting how it has improved your practice will help you see the impact your CPD has had.

Online CPD modules can be accessed here.

Websites, information and courses (some are free)

The following websites are useful to gain up to date information regarding developments in the further education and training sector. Most of them enable you to register for electronic updates or contain links to useful free courses, research and resources.

Please contact me if any links no longer work.

CPD resources available for immediate download

Template – Personal Development Plan (in Word) (50p)
(Ref 350AT003) 
1 page template which can be used to plan CPD activities. A completed example is available to purchase below: Ref 351A9060

Completed example of a Personal Development Plan (80p)
(Ref 351A9060)
1 page completed example of a personal development plan. A blank form in Word is available to purchase above: Ref 350AT003

Template – Continuing Professional Development Record (in Word) (50p)
(Ref 352AT004)

1 page template which can be used to document completed CPD activities. A completed example is available to purchase below: Ref 353A9061 

Completed example of a Continuing Professional Development Record (80p)
(Ref 353A9061) 
1 page completed example of a CPD record. A blank form in Word is available to purchase above: Ref 352AT004

Template – Reflective Learning Journal (in Word) (50p)
(Ref 354AT005) 
1 page template which can be used as a reflective learning journal. A completed example is available to purchase below: Ref 355I9015

Completed example of a Reflective Learning Journal (£1.50)
(Ref 355I9015) 
2 page completed example of a reflective learning journal. The journal reflects upon a taught session and includes references to theorists. A blank form in Word is available to purchase above: Ref 354AT005

  • Reading lists for Reflection and CPD can be found by clicking here.
  • Resources to support teachers and learners can be found by clicking here.
  • If I am scheduled to deliver any public CPD events, they will be on this page.
  • Professional associations which support teachers can be seen by clicking here.
  • Videos can be seen by clicking here.

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