Published: April 2021
Authored by: Katy Chedzey,Maria Cunningham & Emily Perry

Quality Assurance of Teachers’ Continuing Professional Development: Design, Development and Pilot of a CPD Quality Assurance System

In this report we share the outcomes of a project to design, develop and pilot a system for quality assuring teachers’ continuing professional development (CPD). This project was commissioned by the Wellcome Trust and delivered by the Chartered College of Teaching, the Teacher Development Trust and Sheffield Institute of Education. 

Key findings:

– The potential value of a quality assurance process to the overall system of teacher professional development in England is high.

– Feedback from teachers, school leaders and CPD providers involved in the pilot indicates there is interest and desire for an effective means of quality assuring teachers’ CPD.

– The system developed and tested within this pilot enabled valid judgements of quality to be made, based on evidence submitted by CPD providers.

– The quality assurance criteria underpinning the system set a high – but achievable – bar for quality; they may also be of wider value, for example, providing a useful framework to support reflection, evaluation and development in a systematic and consistent way. 


The report outlines a proposal for a future model for quality assuring CPD that would set a standard for teachers’ CPD; would encourage ongoing improvement within the CPD marketplace; and would produce outcomes which are robust, meaningful and of value to teachers, school leaders and CPD providers.


Formative evaluation ran alongside this pilot and informed both the development of the system and the future recommendations. The evaluation report can be downloaded alongside the main project report below.


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