Designed to comply with the DFE Standards

"At MyCPDGroup we have an open and transparent approach that allows us to work alongside the DFE Standards rather than standing behind a CPD 'certification' badge."
Graham Tennant
Head of Standards - MyCPDGroup

IT'S TIME TO ASK - WHAT'S BEHIND THE BADGE?

The Badge

At MyCPDGroup we understand that CPD is hard to regulate but we don’t believe the answer to this is by using standards lower than those set by the DFE. How can a course be certified as high quality if it doesn’t hit the DFE Standards?

In the absence of real regulation MyCPDGroup offers transparency. Consultants on this platform are evaluated against the DFE Standards everyday by the people who take their courses.

We aspire to work openly alongside the DFE Standards rather than standing behind a ‘CPD Certification’ badge. Our badge works as a gateway to our transparent standards process. 

The DFE Standards

In July 2016, the Department for Education published a new Standard for Teachers’ Professional Development for all schools in England.

The Standard sets out a clear description of what effective continuing professional development (or CPD) looks like for teachers. 

Ask yourself, are the courses you take meeting these standards? 

WHAT THE DFE STANDARDS SAY...

A TRANSPARENT STANDARDS PROCESS

1. Suitability

Our first point of contact is to identify suitability. This is often done via a ‘face to face’ meeting where we discuss experience and background. At MyCPDGroup we maintain high standards by working with, and trusting, the best consultants.
 
If consultants meet our suitability standards only then will they have access to an ‘expert account’
 

CONSULTANTS CAN NOT PAY TO GET AN APPROVED EXPERT ACCOUNT!

REAL EXPERTS

STRONGER TOGETHER

2. Course creation support

Only through an ‘expert account’ can consultant create courses on the MyCPDGroup platform. The unique features of the platform allow consultants and business to create courses that can meet all of the DFE standards. The platform allows experts to build courses and communities without any coding knowledge – it couldn’t be easier. 

All experts are given access to our consultant community where they can get support and advice from other amazing consultants. Consultants automatically plug into a network of like-minded colleagues who they can network with to support each other. 

3. Course/Account approval

When a consultant has created their first course and they are ready to start making it available they are required to complete a course audit. This audit looks in detail at how the course will meet the DFE Standards and the consultant is expected to show and explain their knowledge of these standards in their course. 

The course will then be fully checked for suitability by MyCPDGroup and feedback is given. After the first course is published the consultants account then becomes approved and they are listed as an ‘Approved Expert’ on the platform.

DFE STANDARDS AUDIT

EVALUATED BY THOSE WHO TAKE THEM

4. Independent course evaluations

Courses that display our standards badge are subject to an ongoing evaluation process against the DFE Standards. When a course is completed the person who took course has the opportunity to evaluate the course. A copy of this evaluation goes not only to the course creator but also to us here at MyCPDGroup. But our evaluation process does not end there…

 

5. Impact audits

At MyCPDGroup the course does not end when the video stops and neither does our evaluation process. How can you judge the effectiveness of a course straight after it has been delivered? Any course that is part of our ongoing evaluation process will also have a second evaluation, this evaluation links again to the DFE Standards but with a greater emphasis on pupil impact!

The DFE states that professional development is most effective when providers of professional development “Actively seek robust and independent evaluations of their programmes to demonstrate impact on intended outcomes.” 

The way MyCPDGroup is structured creates unrivalled evaluation process that moderated courses independently against the DFE Standards by those that take the course.

WHAT WAS THE IMPACT?