Why CPD is important


We recognise that keeping your knowledge and skills up-to-date gives you the best possible chance of succeeding in the classroom. 

That’s why as one of the UK’s leading education recruitment agencies, we’ve always taken our responsibility to progress and develop our candidates seriously. For over 20 years we’ve trained tens of thousands of individuals for free via our CPD to help them be better and more capable in their roles and develop their lesson planning, safeguarding, or support for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). 

For this reason alone, we're thrilled to announce Tradewind Recruitment’s new CPD partnership with The National College. Together, our two organisations will ensure that thousands of supply staff across the UK are afforded the incredible professional development The National College so capably provide.

Why CPD is important

Continued professional development (CPD) is essential for teachers as the learning process never stops. The National Curriculum is there to act as a guide, but there’s plenty of room for interpretation, meaning you’ll need to adopt new methods and learn new skills to ensure your pupils can succeed. CPD ensures that teachers can keep pace with developments in the education sector, while also building an understanding of how best to deliver lesson materials.

Here we look at why the process is so important for teachers and delve into how it can enhance your teaching to deliver better learning outcomes.

What does CPD look like?

CPD can be completed in a number of ways, from sessions where teachers spend a lot of time together through to bespoke courses and carefully curated presentations. The majority of schools will look to complete training days for staff at points throughout the academic year, while e-learning is another option that can be used for putting the spotlight on certain elements of teaching.

Ultimately the approach will vary by school, but all CPD will be looking to drive improvements in teaching and will concentrate on enhancing learning outcomes for pupils.

What benefits does CPD bring?

By focusing on what makes teaching successful, good CPD enables teaching staff at all levels to understand how they can amend their methods to improve attainment. You’ll be able to recognise where you can make a difference in the classroom and will be better placed to act when pupils are causing distractions or where certain approaches are not working as expected.

By using more approaches during lessons, it should be possible to connect with a wider number of students by tapping into the learning methods which best work for them. This should mean pupils are more involved and willing to learn. Youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds tend to be those who benefit most from effective CPD too, as there are more ways for them to engage with the subject material.

It’s also important to recognise that the education sector is always developing, with new techniques and approaches constantly coming to the fore. CPD ensures that teachers can stay up-to-date with the developments and puts them in a position where the approaches can be implemented in the classroom.

Lastly, CPD can act as a major motivator for teachers, as it tends to boost confidence. Greater self-belief tends to reflect well in the classroom, as staff are more positive and feel empowered to make a difference.

How Tradewind Recruitment can help you

To find out more about our National College programme, or contact your local consultant. Alternatively, if you are looking to take the next step forward in your teaching career, we pride ourselves on going the extra mile to find the very best match for our teachers, teaching assistants and schools. After all, we believe that for every teacher, there's a perfect role out there. And with offices spread across the UK, our local education recruiters will help you find a teaching role near you.  

Browse our current secondary teaching jobs, and primary teaching roles, or see what teaching assistant vacancies match your preferences.