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CP What?

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!

English: Training Français : Formation
Not my ideal training scenario (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


That’s better!

 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.

English: A selection of Swizzels Matlow sweets...
Sugar, the teacher’s true friend!. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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

N.B. There will be sweets on the table!


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