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Defining CPD: What is it?

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"Continuing professional development means maintaining, improving and broadening relevant knowledge and skills in your subject specialism and your teaching and training, so that it has a positive impact on practice and the learner experience... It is the critical reflection on learning experiences and activities that improve practice and demonstrate continuing development as a teacher or trainer." Guidelines for continuing professional development August 2009; Institute for Learning (IfL)

This definition covers three important principles of CPD for you to think about.

  1. Professional updating – which includes your teaching and learning practice and subject specialism (IfL call this 'dual professionalism').
  2. Reflective practice.
  3. Impact on your learners and their learning.

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