This article provides a brief overview on CPD for PE Teachers. The role of a PE teacher is to plan and teach a variety of lessons in physical education, in order to improve physical skills, in children of different ages at either primary or secondary level. As high-quality Physical Education is becoming so key across all Key Stages, the need for CPD becomes greater in order to maintain standards and improve both knowledge and skills within the sector.
What is CPD and why is it important for PE teachers?
CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development and is the term used to describe the training and learning a PE teacher undertakes to improve their workplace capabilities.
Teachers will learn naturally over the course of their career, however just learning from experience alone can ultimately limit their future development. Continuing Professional Development enables them to become the best possible PE teachers they can be and allows their pupils to achieve more from their teaching.
Benefits of CPD for PE teachers
CPD has several benefits as it allows PE teachers to keep up to date with the latest developments and best practices. These can be used to enhance everyday teaching. Teaching methods are continually developing, and CPD gives you the opportunity to learn new techniques and strategies to use. It can also give you the knowledge and skills to support specific needs among students that aren’t normally covered in teacher training, such as how to support students with disabilities or quite specific special education needs.
CPD offers you one of the best ways to improve your skills as a PE Teacher, increases your overall job satisfaction and enhances your lessons. Across an entire school it can have a very positive effect. The main purpose of CPD is create an environment where continuous improvement and a high quality of teaching is the norm. CPD should also address development needs, maximise strengths and enable all teachers to meet the challenges of modern teaching.