Abstracts: August 16th, 2005

Continuing professional development is widely acknowledged to be of great importance in the life of schools, contributing to professional and personal development for staff and to improvement in teaching and learning. The research showed that it was taking place in all the schools surveyed. Participant satisfaction is a key element in development, but it was only evaluated in 35% of schools. Value for money was evaluated in 51% of schools. The least frequently evaluated aspect was change in pupil attitude with only 24% of schools carrying out an evaluation. The types of evaluation employed by schools were found to be restricted by their interpretation of CPD. The narrower the interpretation, the more basic the forms of evaluation employed. CPD leaders reported feeling unprepared for the role. They also highlighted that learning from experience was better preparation for the role than formal preparation opportunities.The report is available at: http://www.dfes.gov.uk/research/data/uploadfiles/RR659.pdf