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The role of governors in supporting CPD

How much does your governing board know about effective staff development – and to what extent do governors support and challenge your school’s work in this crucial area? Maria Cunningham advises

I was recently at an event where I met the chair of governors of a primary school. Realising the common ground, we struck up a conversation about our respective work in education with teachers and leaders. When I explained that I was visiting a school the very next day to facilitate a collaborative session on effective teacher development, I was met with the response “CPD? In exam time? Teachers don’t have time for that, they’re too busy cracking the whip!”.

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