Today (9 January), new research has found a drop in spending by schools on teacher development for the first time this decade.
The analysis, conducted for Teacher Development Trust (TDT) by SchoolDash, found a 12% drop in secondary schools and 7% drop in primary schools. The new research also shows that levels of continuing professional development (CPD) spending varies enormously around the country. You can read the full research on the TDT website.
Professor Dame Alison Peacock, Chief Executive of the Chartered College of Teaching, commented on the findings:
“Every day we see excellent teaching delivered despite huge pressures. We need to give teachers the opportunities and tools to develop their skills and to be proud of what they are doing. However, due to the demands on their time, learning and development is all too often neglected, with the average teacher in England spending only four days on CPD per year.
“If our pupils are to receive the best possible education, we at the Chartered College believe teachers must have access to good quality CPD. With the profession struggling to recruit and retain teachers, we need to show that we are willing to invest in them from the second they enter the classroom.”