Designing Effective Professional Development


Helping you utilise the research, findings and evidence from EEF Guidance to improve CPD planning.

In 2021, the EEF published the Effective Professional Development guidance report. This programme aims to familiarise school leaders with the essential evidence and key messages from the report and use them to plan the professional development for their staff to drive school improvement.


The programme is made up of with a balance of face to face ,online and self-directed sessions.

Programme Outline


Introduction and pre-tasks

Full-day Face-to-Face

  • Using evidence to identify priorities for effective professional development
  • Why professional development doesn’t always work
  • Building  knowledge and motivating staff

Twilight 1

  • Developing teaching techniques & embedding new practices


  • An insight into adult behaviour change


Full-day Face-to-Face

  • Creating your own Professional Development Plan


Who is the Course for?

Senior leaders with responsibility for professional development (CPD) and teacher development.


Highly informative and digestible - lots of useful take aways! Thank you.
Excellent day! Resources and presentation were very well prepared . Good opportunity to meet others and discuss and share ideas about PD.
Incredibly valuable to have the opportunity to discuss the content with other colleagues and actually put some of the theory into practice. Thank you.
A very good day. [The facilitators] successfully disseminated the materials and facilitated some very good professional discussions. Thank you.
I really enjoyed the day, and left feeling inspired and with lots of ideas for how to put the guidance into practice!

I thought that CPD on CPD may be too theoretical to be practical. Instead, I now have a clear idea of what I need to think about with regards to planning my school CPD for the coming year.

Programme leads:
Jemima Rhys-Evans
Jemima Rhys-Evans
Director, Charles Dickens Research School
Upcoming sessions

The programme costs £300 per school for up to two members of staff. Subsidised places are available to some schools, depending on levels of disadvantage. To check eligibility please contact us at

The programme will run from October - December 2022.

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