Everyone knows that the essence of education is pupil learning, but at Chatsworth Schools, we also put great emphasis on Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for all our schools’ staff. CPD refers to the process of tracking and documenting the skills, knowledge, and experience that staff gain formally and informally through their work. In short, it is a record of what we experience, learn and then apply. It is the on-going management of development by each member of staff.

Often with CPD the terms training and development are one and the same, but at Chatsworth Schools, there is a distinct difference. Training is usually formal and linear, learning to do something specific, whereas development is often informal, with a wider application relating to capability and competency. It involves progression from basic knowledge to more advanced understanding. Alternatively, it can be about broadening one’s range of transferable skills such as leadership and project management.

Chatsworth Schools is totally committed to CPD, as we see the process as an overview of a person’s professional development to date; one’s achievements; the direction and focus of one’s career; where there may be gaps in skills or development skills and ways in which these may be helped. Although CPD should often be self-directed, motivated by the member of staff, Chatsworth Schools is there to give guidance, support and time to allow all staff to make the very best of the process.

CPD at Chatsworth Schools includes both formal training events and informal learning, where we encourage staff to learn from colleagues, by watching others in the work situation and sharing best practices. It also includes, where appropriate, us giving financial support or bursaries to staff to advance their professional skills or qualifications, or aiding rising stars to become future leaders.

CPD is not a one-off event but should, as the C indicates, be on-going. Chatsworth Schools is there to help you make the first steps because we want a structured, practical and methodical approach to learning, which, in turn, helps develop the skills and knowledge within the schools to maintain a sustainable and competitive advantage.

By engaging in Continuing Professional Development Chatsworth Schools ensures that academic and practical qualifications do not become out-dated or even obsolete and that all staff within the organisation can continually develop new skills, regardless of occupation, age or educational level.