What is CPD?
CPD stands for Continuous Professional Development (CPD) and is the term used to describe the learning activities educators engage in to develop and enhance their abilities. It enables learning to become conscious and proactive, rather than passive and reactive.
Continuous Professional Development exists to ensure that an individual enhances their skills and abilities once they have formally qualified. Typically, academic qualifications have already been completed at this stage and an individual is now working within their specific industry and job function. CPD is important as it helps to ensure that further learning is progressed in a structured, practical and relevant way to guarantee that there are applied efficiencies in learning. CPD allows an individual to focus on what specific skills and knowledge they require over a short-term period, say 12 months, in order to be confident there is recognisable improvement within their proficiency and skill sets.
Who does CPD?
Allocating time for CPD is the individual's responsibility. They need to identify the CPD requirements for their school to understand how their CPD learning should be recorded and how much time is required. The level of CPD necessary for any individual can vary between sectors.