Cambridge Professional Development Qualifications (Cambridge PDQs) programmes help candidates develop their thinking and practice with expert guidance and support.
Each module requires 150 hours of learning, normally over four months so that it can fit around a school term or semester, with a balance between:
- guided learning: e.g. workshops, seminars and tutorials
- individual study and collaborative learning: e.g. reading, research and discussion
- school-based learning: e.g. applying new ideas and approaches in practice and reflecting on experience.
The programme leader in each Cambridge Professional Development Centre designs their programme using the Cambridge PDQ framework and following our programme design guidelines.
The programme leader and team teach the guided active learning sessions. There must be time, space and opportunities between sessions for candidates to make the most of their individual, collaborative and school-based learning, supported by their leaders, mentors and peers.
Cambridge Personal Styles Questionnaire
The learning outcomes of Cambridge PDQs have been mapped to the competencies of the Cambridge Personal Styles Questionnaire (CPSQ), a personality assessment that assesses non-cognitive skills. CPSQ is used to identify values and behaviours that are at the heart of a successful career in teaching. It helps teachers to understand and reflect on their own behaviour styles and needs. The results provide insight into how you can support your teachers, allowing you to make targeted interventions to help enhance your teachers’ professional development.
CPSQ can be used to support candidates as they progress through their Cambridge PDQ programme, encouraging a greater depth of reflection with their Cambridge PDQ mentor and in their portfolio of evidence.
See how CPSQ maps to the learning outcomes of Cambridge PDQs and the Cambridge Teacher Standards. (PDF, 78KB)