Believers, Seekers and Sceptics: What Teachers Think about CPD
In 2005 the Wellcome Trust commissioned this survey of teachers and managers in state maintained schools in England, focusing on three main aspects of continuing professional development (CPD):
• What do different types of teacher want from CPD?
• What are the benefits of CPD, and for whom?
• What, if anything, stops them getting the CPD they want?
A detailed analysis of data from the survey suggested that teachers could be placed in one of four groups:
• Seekers: Valued CPD but found their opportunities to benefit from it were limited
• Believers: Felt their careers had benefited from CPD
• Sceptics: Dubious about the benefits of CPD, which they saw as focused on government initiatives rather than their own professional needs
• Agnostics: Might agree that CPD was important in principle, but doubted its quality or relevance