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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)

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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 schools@chickenandfrog.co.uk

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