e-PD is a non-profit organisation for sharing expertise and skills among schools and further/higher educational institutions (HEIs).
e-PD currently has around 200 subscribing schools in West Sussex and are now welcoming East Sussex schools on board too. The initiative is based on the principle of schools working for and with each other for continuous improvement. Want to see what we are up to? Here is a copy of our latest Newsletter.
Our aim is to inspire excellence through collaboration and partnerships
e-PD - which stands for ‘enabling Professional Development’ - is the operating name of e-PD Trust, a non-profit company limited by guarantee registered with Companies House (company no. 07685913) with specific objects under the broad banner of the ‘advancement of education’.
The board of e-PD is made up of Headteachers from primary, secondary and special schools nominated by the Primary and Secondary Heads’ Executives, plus an Education Advisory members and a space for a representative from the Business Community. Grahame Robson recently stepped down as Chairman and Martin Browne has taken up the reins. The current Directors are: Martin Browne, Chairman and Secondary Head Representative; Chris Keating, Secondary Head Representative; Dr Jon Spence, Higher Education Representative; Becky Linford, Primary Head Representative; Jill Wilson, Former Secondary Head and Education Adviser; David Brewer, Company Secretary and Business Adviser; Leon Nettley Former Secondary Head and Education Adviser; Peter Newbold, Primary Head Representative and Jonathan Morris, CEO of The Sussex Learning Trust.
e-PD also have 2 Advocate Heads: Rose Hetherton, former Head of Downlands Community College and Bill Molloy, former Head of Georgian Gardens Primary School.
How it works
Schools subscribe to e-PD each year and can then upload any courses and events they are running, and other schools book places. All staff within a subscribing school can register on the website and search and provisionally book training and CPD events. All subscribers are sent a weekly email advising them of events that have recently been uploaded or are running in the next four weeks. Places on events are booked using 'Credits' which schools buy outright or earn through places booked on their courses.
Each school names one or more members of staff to be given enhanced levels of access on the website to approve and automatically transfer credits (payment) for events provisionally booked by their school's staff. They are called 'CPD Co-ordinators' and in some larger schools they can be staff with responsibility for CPD; in smaller schools, that role is often taken by the Bursar or Head / Deputy Head - someone with the authority to spend money.
e-PD is now facilitating the provision of Gifted and Talented courses for pupils following the withdrawal of provision by the Local Authority. If schools wish to book places on these courses they will also need a Gifted and Talented Co-ordinator who has enhanced rights to make bookings for the pupils in their school.