Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for Post-Primary Schools

Research has consistently shown that the quality of teaching is the most critical factor in enhancing students’ learning and educational experiences. The revised allocation model provides more stability in staffing levels. This can enhance capacity within schools to support students with special educational needs. Since all teachers have responsibility for teaching students with special educational needs, it is important that all staff members engage in appropriate CPD to develop the capacity of schools to meet the educational needs of all students.

Schools should regularly review their ongoing professional development needs with reference to the provision of quality teaching and learning in both the mainstream classroom and special education settings. Educational leaders should consider their own training needs in order to develop an inclusive whole-school approach to special educational needs provision.

Schools can use the self-reflective questionnaire (Appendix 6) and other audit instruments (such as the CPD audit tool below) to review their professional development needs and to plan suitable training initiatives.

CPD Audit Tools and Reflection forms

It is also beneficial for teachers to become involved in local professional networks (within the school itself and with other schools) where good special educational needs practice and disability awareness can be shared and promoted.

The links below can be used to access supports from

Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST)

JCT Support team for Level 2 Learning Programmes

NCSE Support Service: In-School Support - Day & Evening Seminar Programme

Support from NEPS is progressed through the regular school planning process with the assigned NEPS psychologist.