In 2016, the Department for Education published Standards for professional development. “High-quality professional development requires workplaces to be steeped in rigorous scholarship, with professionals continually developing and supporting each other so that pupils benefit from the best possible practice.”

The design of high-quality professional development is as complex a discipline as the design of high-quality practice. It requires the planning of programmes of connected activities with clarity about intended outcomes, and evaluation.

Effective professional development relies upon professions in schools and organisations providing professional development, being clear about their respective roles and working together effectively.

Professional development can take many forms, but the best available evidence shows that the most effective professional development practices share similar characteristics.

In order for this partnership to be successful:

  • Professional development should have a focus on improving and evaluating pupil outcomes
  • Professional development should be underpinned by robust evidence and expertise
  • Professional development should include collaboration and expert challenge
  • Professional development programmes should be sustained over time
  • Professional development must be prioritised by school leadership.

The Professional Learning Institute is committed in meeting these Standards.