Promoting Quality in Teacher Education

Golden Thread or Gilded Cage? CPD position paper (November 2022)


UCET new CPD paper (November 2022), which is an analysis of the Department for Education's support for the continuing professional development of teachers. The full and executive summary versions are available below.

Executive Summary

This report was developed over a ten-month period building on extensive consultation with over 50
professionals directly involved with CPD provision for teachers in England.

The report seeks to highlight the strengths, weaknesses and unforeseen impacts of the Early Career Framework.

(ECF) and National Professional Qualifications (NPQs), one year into the national roll-out of the ECF.
Particular strengths of the ECF include:

- Provision of a coherent programme of professional development over an extended period
- Recognition of the importance of mentoring and coaching in professional development
- An emphasis on wellbeing particularly in relation to introducing strategies to manage workload
- Different providers developing their own programmes based on the ECF has the potential to provide
comparative learning opportunities across the sector.
In addition to these benefits, the NPQs offer a range of different pathways that help to map out
opportunities for alternative career stages.
Concerns with the ECF and NPQ programmes are sub-divided into content and implementation.

The full executive summary is attached below and the full report.