Evaluating impact

Principle

The school workforce will develop more effectively when the impact considers the benefits to the individual and children and young people.

School example

A Leicestershire school found that using the self assessment grid as a basis for the Leadership Team to examine their CPD processes had a direct impact on the Leadership Improvement Plan.The ‘Cost Benefit Analysis’ document was presented to staff and governors to raise awareness of effective CPD and its potential impact.Staff involved in training now expect to be asked what they have done as a result and how it has impacted on student learning, with specific pieces of CPD followed up in depth. 

How Successful Are We?

Self evaluation guidance can be found here. It provides brief grade descriptions defining the key characteristics of school workforce development under the headings: outstanding, good, satisfactory and inadequate.

Questions For School Leaders

  1. Are there systems in place for evidencing the difference made by the professional development activity including in the longer term?
  2. To what extent are individuals encouraged to make a causal link between the professional development activity and the experiences of children and young people?
  3. How does the school use the results of the evaluation to inform future direction?
  4. Do the criteria for assessing impact consider the health and well-being of the whole school workforce?

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Evidence of impact
Three members of staff at the Oasis Academy, Grimsby, show how they have risen through the ranks by focusing on their CPD development.

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