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5 key steps to starting a successful review

Professional development and the systematic review process are key to improving the quality of teaching and ultimately improving the outcome for students, so what are the key steps in a successful professional development review?

Damien Roberts  Damien Roberts
15 November 2022

Professional development and the systematic review process are key to improving the quality of teaching and ultimately improving the outcome for students, so what are the key steps in a successful professional development review?




  1. Setting appropriate targets for staff


Firstly, to ensure success we have to set objectives that are SMART. You can read our insight on Setting Smart Targets for Improvement.


  1. Observing the practice of staff


It’s good practice next at key points throughout the review cycle, to get the view of peers like line managers and leaders of the teaching practice of staff during lessons, via learning walks and book/work scrutiny to make sure that their practice is meeting a prescribed set of guidelines.


  1. Maintaining high standards


The Teachers’ Standards set a clear baseline of expectations for the professional practice and conduct of teachers. You can read our insight here to find out how teachers are meant to use them effectively.


  1. Identifying areas for improvement


Through the monitoring of performance through observations, learning walks, and book scrutiny and ensuring that members of staff are adhering to the latest standards, we can find that areas for improvement may arise. You can read more about how to identify your development needs here.


  1. Nurturing the talent


Finally, after identifying key areas for improvement we can provide training and support for staff to ensure we are addressing their needs and also reporting back on the impact of any training received. To find out more about how to make your professional development work for you click here.


A successful review process should be robust and consistent in its target setting, monitoring, and improvement activities.


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