The CPD Curriculum

Creating conditions for growth

By: Zoe Enser , Mark Enser


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Size235mm x 156mm
PublishedJune 2021

Co-authored by Zoe Enser and Mark Enser, The CPD Curriculum: Creating conditions for growth shares expert and practical guidance for schools on designing and delivering continuing professional development (CPD) that truly lives up to its name.

There is a wealth of research available on professional learning, from both within and outside the education sphere, and in this book Zoe and Mark pull it all together to help school leaders optimise teachers' ongoing learning and growth.

Zoe and Mark explain how schools can overcome issues with CPD that can leave teachers plateauing in their development after just a few years, and share a variety of case studies that illustrate the key components of an effective CPD programme that builds on teachers' prior knowledge.

The authors spell out the importance of CPD and explain how, when done well, it gives teachers the agency to make professional decisions informed by the best evidence and experience they have to hand. Furthermore, they explore how high-quality professional development contributes not only to a collaborative culture within the school staff team and enhanced job satisfaction for teachers, but also to improved student outcomes.

Split into three parts – intent, implementation and impact – the book covers a range of key areas, including: coaching and mentoring, subject-specific CPD, empowerment and self-efficacy, delivery methods and quality of materials. They also examine the current issues and common pitfalls surrounding CPD and offer guidance on how it can be improved, with clear end goals in mind.

Suitable for school leaders, heads of department and CPD leads in all settings.

Here's Zoe Enser introducing The CPD Curriculum: Creating conditions for growth.

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Zoe Enser

Zoe Enser was a classroom teacher for 20 years, during which time she was also a head of English and a senior leader with a responsibility for staff development and school improvement. She is now the lead specialist English adviser for Kent working with The Education People and is an evidence lead in education (ELE). Zoe also writes for TES and is the co-author of Fiorella & Mayer’sGenerative Learning in Action and The CPD Curriculum.

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Mark Enser

Mark Enser has been teaching geography for the best part of two decades and is a head of department and research lead at Heathfield Community College, as well as a specialist leader of education (SLE) and evidence lead in education (ELE). He is a regular TES columnist and often speaks at education conferences. Mark has written several books and also writes a blog called Teaching It Real and tweets @EnserMark. He spends the rest of his time reading, drinking coffee and playing Dungeons & Dragons.

View Marks features on TES here.

Click here to read Mark Enser’s blog.


  1. The CPD Curriculum is an amazing book which has provided me with fantastic ideas to motivate staff and deliver more meaningful CPD.
    CPD needs to be relevant, realistic and worthwhile – and this book is a catalyst to help me achieve this with my cohort of staff.
  2. The ideas outlined by Team Enser in The CPD Curriculum are not only grounded in relevant theory but also in the complex reality of school life. It is this tight marriage of honest and practical wisdom that makes this book a great guide for those seeking to make professional development work – and work well – in the school setting.

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