Staff development

This section of the toolkit is intended to help the SLT clarify and identify the CPD needs of staff, access support for meeting those needs, and to build networks internally and externally to ensure the CPD needs continue to be met. Given the newness of the subject, many schools experience difficulties recruiting specialist computing teachers – and few teachers in schools currently possess the subject and pedagogical knowledge to teach the breadth of the new curriculum A review of the international research commissioned by the Teacher Development Trust in 2014 identified that CPD should be well targeted and link explicitly to the curriculum and pupil outcomes. It should address both subject knowledge and subject-specific pedagogy, and be evaluated for its impact. The research identified the importance of collaboration and peer working within and across schools.