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Below are some of our most frequently asked questions related to the CPD Mark. Please take a look through but if you have any other queries then don’t hesitate to contact our team.

 
The award itself

What is the definition of CPD?
What does the school get in recognition of being awarded the CPD Mark?
We already have the Investors In People (IiP) award – what is the difference?
How long will the award last?
Will Ofsted/Estyn look favourably on the CPD Mark?
What leadership and management aspects are covered by the CPD Mark framework?
Is the award open to independent schools, special schools, PRUs and colleges?
What will it cost? What is included in the price?
Is there a discount for a number of schools which wish to work together?

Getting started

How many staff are likely to be involved in the process?
Does the CPD Mark make reference to school/college support staff? 
How can I present the CPD Mark process to my SLT and all staff?

The process

How long should the process take?
What support is available?
What happens if it takes us longer than expected?
What level of collecting evidence is required?
Can you give me an idea of how I should present the evidence?
Can I talk to a school that has been through the CPD Mark process?
What will be expected of the CPD co-ordinator?

The assessment visit

What qualifications do the assessors have?
Who are the assessors?
Will there be visits to the classrooms?
Who will the assessors want to talk to about CPD?
What happens if a school fails?
When will we know whether or not we have been granted an award?

The award itself

What is the definition of CPD?
CPD supports individual needs and improves professional practice; it is a reflective activity which enhances attributes, knowledge, understanding and skills.

What does the school get in recognition of being awarded the CPD Mark?
A certificate for each of three years providing that the CPD Mark provision remains up to standard and that areas for development are addressed. Logos for use on school/college stationery. Click here for details of the full CPD Mark package.

We already have the Investors In People (IIP) award – what is the difference?
The CPD Mark has been designed exclusively for the educational sector, the IIP award does not focus on teaching standards or on pupils as beneficiaries.
The CPD Mark is specific to leadership; it focuses on roles, responsibility and accountability. 
It covers standards for teachers and assessment measures.  
The CPD Mark identifies pupils as the beneficiaries of the process - in terms of raising achievement.

How long will the award last?
The award lasts for three years.


Will Ofsted/Estyn look favourably on the CPD Mark?
Evidence provided in order to achieve the award will be indispensable for inspections. The framework meets and exceeds all of Ofsted’s and Estyn's CPD expectations. Click here for details of how the CPD Mark addresses Ofsted/Estyn and SEF requirements.

What leadership and management aspects are covered by the CPD Mark framework?
Click here for details of how the CPD Mark addresses leadership and management aspects.

Is the award open to independent schools, special schools, PRUS and colleges?
Yes, it is open to all schools and colleges.

What will it cost? What is included in the price?
The prices vary according to type of school and the number of students on the school/college roll. 50% of the total costs is payable on registration and 50% on assessment.
The fee includes access to the framework, CPD up-dates, full support from the CPD team throughout the process, the assessor’s report and the production of certificates etc.
Please contact us for a quote.

Is there a discount for LAs who are grouping a number of schools together?
Discounts are applicable for groups of schools who are undergoing the CPD Mark process at the same time. Please contact us for further information.

Getting started

How many staff are likely to be involved in the process?
All members of staff will have the opportunity to contribute to the process as it spans every role and level within a school. The CPD co-ordinator is clearly the key contact, you may wish to set up a CPD Mark team to share responsibility for the project.

Does the CPD Mark make reference to school/college support staff?
In order to attain the award. You must demonstrate effective CPD for all staff. The term ‘staff’ is used throughout except where the criteria refer directly to teachers. The assessor will normally expect to speak with support staff about CPD.

 
How can I present the CPD Mark process to my SLT and all staff?
We can send you a PowerPoint™ presentation which covers all aspects of the framework as an introduction. (Click here for the presentation).

The process

How long should the process take?
We recommend that you should allow about two terms to complete the process − a full academic year is the maximum length of time it should take to produce a portfolio of evidence. Extensions can be arranged depending upon circumstances such as Ofsted inspections etc. The self-evaluation questionnaire we provide when you register will help you to assess how long it will take you to complete the process.

What support is available?
Once you commit to working towards the CPD Mark you are entitled to full telephone and email support as you work through the eight steps of the framework. You are welcome to submit part of your work in advance of the final assessment visit for guidance regarding your portfolio of evidence. Click here for details of the full CPD Mark package.

What happens if it takes us longer than expected?
A provisional assessment date will be agreed when you register to undertake the CPD Mark process. The CPD Mark team will maintain contact with you and check progress as the assessment date approaches. If you have unexpected developments such as a change of staff or an Ofsted inspection we can certainly be flexible on any timing issues and discuss extensions.

What level of collecting evidence is required?
We are very keen that the CPD Mark process should not be a time–consuming exercise, much of the evidence required already exists in your school or college and can be cross-referenced to documents such as minutes of meetings, policies, your Improvement Policy etc. Click here for tips for compiling your evidence.

Can you give me an idea of how I should present the evidence?
Click here to access sample pages of the framework showing the different types of evidence which can be used in your portfolio.

Can I talk to a school that has been through the CPD Mark process?
Yes, just contact us and we will set up a telephone conversation with another school.

What will be expected of the CPD co-ordinator?
The CPD co-ordinator will be expected to provide evidence that your school or college can identify and meet the professional development needs of their staff and that they continually develop skills and knowledge in the applied learning/subject specialism of every member of staff.  With support from senior managers, the core contribution of the CPD co-ordinator should be seen to be ensuring the delivery of up-to-date and effective teaching throughout your school or college. 

The assessment visit

What qualifications do the assessors have?
All the CPD Mark assessors are senior school managers with experience of leading teams, developing staff and identifying training needs.

Who are the assessors?
All the CPD assessors are experienced senior leaders and specialists in CPD and school improvement. We ensure that the assessor assigned to you will have no pre-existing connection with your school or college. Following your assessment, your portfolio of evidence will be independently moderated.

Will there be visits to the classrooms?
The assessor will not make formal lesson observations but, liaising with the CPD co-ordinator, they may call into a few classrooms to gain an overall picture of your school or college.

Who will the assessors want to talk to about CPD?
The list will be agreed with your key CPD contact, it will include: the CPD co-ordinator, the headteacher, some heads of department, long-established and new teachers, support staff, parents, a LA representative and students.

What happens if a school fails?
If we think that the portfolio of evidence is not complete or strong enough to merit the award when we see the completed framework a few weeks before the assessment date, we will alert you to this straight away, recommend an extension and work alongside you on your portfolio to help you to prepare for the rescheduled assessment.

When will we know whether or not we have been granted an award?
The assessor will share their recommendation with you at the end of the assessment.
The completed framework will then be independently moderated and the results will be available within two to three weeks.