The Future of Professional Development

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  • CPD hasn’t changed much for decades.
  • Does technology offer a new way to approach CPD?
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Professional development has been conducted largely the same for decades. Either a guest speaker is invited into the school to share their experience and insights, or teachers travel to central (often beige in colour) training centre. The only thing that seems to have changed in recent years it that the catering is increasingly disappointing. But are we set for a revolution?

With CPD increasing lead from the grassroots and based on the needs of individual educators, the top-down ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach is looking dated. ‘Micro-CPD’ often based on social media is becoming more and more recognised as the way to go, yet the numbers of teachers using social media for professional reasons, despite UKEdChat celebrating its 12th year doing just that, is still small.

So, what will CPD look like in the future? Will schools use the lessons learnt during the pandemic to rely more on digital content?

Today is the start of our 2022 Online Conference, and the signs that teachers are using digital learning opportunities are good if attendance is any indication.

In this #UKEdChat session, which took place on Thursday 2nd June 2022 at 8pm(UK), we discussed what the future of CPD, how schools can move from a ‘top down’ to a personalised ‘bottom up’ approach to professional development, how technology can be used to enhance development, and what senior leaders can do to support better CPD.


  1. What is the current state of CPD in your school?
  2. How has CPD changed over the course of your teaching career?
  3. What lessons have been learned from working remotely with can help develop professional development?
  4. How is your school using technology for CPD and how might this develop in the future?
  5. Are the days of the whole school INSET day numbered? Why (not)?
  6. How can professional development be made into a more personalised experience in the future?
  7. How can schools develop a ‘bottom-up’ grassroots approach to professional development instead of a ‘top-down’ approach?
  8. Should there be more ‘micro CPD’ using platforms such as Twitter to education oneself professional?

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Martin Burrett is the editor of our popular UKEdMagazine, along with curating resources in the ICTMagic section, and free resources for teachers on UKEd.Directory

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