Secret ways in-house training helps your department improve

In-house training is the multi-faceted diamond of CPD. There are many reasons why education departments should be opting for it at least 75% of the time.

To start with there are the obvious, practical advantages. When professional development is led by your own department you will find that it is

·         More affordable – Leaving you room in your budget for something exciting. This could be a new resource to help your team teach more effectively, or it could be something super-fun like a trip for the team to see how another education department does things differently.

·         More flexible – Whether it is the time, duration or content something is likely to change. If you have the power to suggest starting the session a bit early or late to fit in with everybody’s schedules then that puts you in a position to make your professional development better attended.

·         More adaptable -  We’ve all been there, management have brought in a brand new initiative and they want everyone trained up in it as soon as possible. It’s a pain, and you need to let your line manager know, but you now have a week (hopefully) to design the training to meet those new needs.

·         More relevant – You can choose the content that you work through. This can seem daunting but once you’ve picked your focus there are many discussions and ideas online to get you started.

More exciting than these little pragmatic nuggets are the secret hidden benefits. We are getting into Meta-CPD here, are you ready?

The Leader – The benefits to the leader of CPD are huge because you have to be the change you want to see in the world. To make your training more relevant you need to analyse your department’s needs and your own strengths and weaknesses. In order to develop a program that will help your team improve break down the issues into small steps. Which of these can you help everyone with? Which do you need to work on first? How are you going to work on these first?

Team Members – Encouraging individuals to share part of their best practice builds self-esteem and confidence. It can be a really nice way for new members of the team to introduce themselves and share their experiences from other work places. It can also be a good way to show staff who have worked with you for a long time that you know they have something new to give.

Team Spirit – Identifying and facing challenges and barriers head on as a team improves team spirit immeasurably. All stakeholders have a chance to contribute and be part of the process. Also by delegating small parts of the program to individuals or small groups you demonstrate that you believe in them as professionals and that they are a welcome part of the team.

So as you can see, delivering your professional development in-house is more than just a convenient method of saving money. It is an opportunity for team work, creativity and personal development that you otherwise don’t get in the workplace. 

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