CPD, or ‘Continuing Professional Development’, is the fancy term that we use when we talk about training. You can get into a good old argument about the differences between ‘training’ and ‘development’, but I don’t have the energy for that right now!
If delivered (and I would argue, attended) effectively, then CPD is a way of managing your own development. It should never be just a tick-box experience where you can go back to your portfolio and add a meaningless generic title to your list of courses. I have been to many a course where the best part of the day was the sweets on the table.
So, when I started to put together a programme that we would offer at Chicken and Frog, I determined that the courses we offer for schools allow the participants to:
- be self-directed, active learners
- set realistic goals and objectives
- have the space for reflection and review, through concrete experiences
How will we ensure that this is the case? I have been completely self-indulgent in the choices of courses on offer and am only willing to provide a day that I have a personal interest in. This does sound very ego-centric, but isn’t it better that I am passionate about the material than choose something that I don’t have a keen interest in? I do not profess to be an ‘expert’, but I do have a great deal of experience which I am keen to share with fellow educationalists.
If you would like to find out more, do visit our ‘Schools’ page or drop us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
N.B. There will be sweets on the table!