Meeting the DfE standards for effective CPD

Standard for teachers’ professional development

In July 2016 the Department for Education (DfE) published the “Standard for teachers’ professional development”. The expert group noted that, “Effective professional development for teachers is a core part of securing effective teaching. It cannot exist in isolation, rather it requires a pervasive culture of scholarship with a shared commitment for teachers to support one another to develop so that pupils benefit from the highest quality teaching.”

At the Thames Valley Science Network we understand the importance of professional development and how it must ultimately make a difference to the young people we educate. As such we have developed a range of programmes that focus on supporting and developing teachers through a model of face-to-face meetings, mentoring and coaching to have impact both in their own practice but across their school.

All our programmes are three-four months in duration and consist of ½ day face-to-face meetings that provide the support and guidance required to develop participants, intercessional tasks to ensure application of skills and opportunities to reflect and develop. Ultimately each programme will help participants to develop and implement a whole school improvement strategy.

Participants will be supported and guided by a very experienced mentor/coach who is a Specialist Leader in Education for science.

Department of Education Standard for teachers’ professional development


How our programmes meet the DfE Standard for effective CPD

The Standards for Effective CPD How our programmes meet the DfE standard for effective CPD (DfE 2016)
Focus on improving and evaluating pupil outcomes The programme equips the participant in improvement approaches and evaluative techniques to support pupil progression in science over time

Action planning and intercessional tasks focuses on outcomes to explicitly improve T&L/AfL approaches in science across your school

Underpinned by robust evidence and expertise CPD programme informed by effective CPD research

Activities drawn from highly reputable and credible science education community Programme is led by an experienced Specialist Leader in Education

Collaboration and expert challenge School collaboration through intercessional tasks ensures effective application of knowledge and skills

Ongoing online, phone and mentoring support throughout the programme

Sustained over time The programme develops the participant and equips them with tools and approaches to sustainably develop and lead science in their school
Prioritised by school leadership Participants are encouraged to work with the school leadership in developing their own leadership practice to ensure value for money and lasting impact