Continuing Professional Development (CPD) advice and guidance
CPD is a career long process by which teachers can keep up to date in their subject and enhance their skills and knowledge for use in the classroom. There are a wide variety of activities that come under the CPD umbrella, and each of them enhances competence in teaching and provides up to date subject knowledge and innovation.
"All teachers should have a professional responsibility to be engaged in effective, sustained and relevant professional development throughout their career" - TDA Professional Standards for Teachers in England from September 2007.
What is the CPD requirement for teachers applying for CGeog?
In order to achieve Chartered Geographer (Teacher) status you need to be able to provide evidence that you have participated in a variety of CPD activities throughout your teaching career. This includes presenting as well as attending CPD sessions. There is no set amount of hours of CPD that you must have done to become a CGeog (Teacher).
What is the CPD requirement for teachers once they have been awarded CGeog status?
Once you have been awarded Chartered status, you will be required to log all the CPD you do and submit that log annually to the RGS-IBG. The minimum number of CPD hours per year you will need to collect as a Chartered Geographer (Teacher) is 35. You will need to do at least 15 hours internal and 20 hours external CPD to ensure a variation in your experiences.
Why do we need CPD?
CPD has a range of benefits, both for the teacher and the students who benefit from their expertise. Ensuring that Chartered Geographer (Teacher) candidates undertake a set minimum amount of CPD means that students, colleagues, senior managers and parents are aware that any Chartered Geographer (Teacher) has up to date knowledge and experience in their subject and will provide the best possible expertise in and out of the classroom.
Benefits of CPD
Ensures that teachers are doing the best possible job they can and are confident and prepared in all situations
Provides long term career prospects and enhances professional standing
Acknowledges your commitment to innovation and sharing your work with others
Provides documented evidence of your commitment to your own professional development
Provides material which can be used to support job and Chartered Geographer (Teacher) applications
Encourages collaboration with collegues both within school and within the wider geographical community
Introduces innovative ideas into your teaching
Helps you to develop your role within your department
Identifies and strengthens weaknesses
Introduces new staff to school policy
What makes good CPD?
Making CPD a way of life in your school or department is easy if it is approached in the correct way. Why not create a CPD noticeboard with details of courses and latest policy in your staffroom? Read more about what makes good CPD (PDF) and also gain some ideas for credit crunch CPD and how to CPD audit your department.