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The Cambridge Personal Styles Questionnaire (CPSQ) for teachers assesses non-cognitive skills and identifies values and behaviours that are at the heart of a successful career in teaching. CPSQ is used for development, rather than as a selection tool and should only be taken once. It is designed so it is harder for teachers to give inaccurate answers that they think might be desirable, or ‘fake good’.
The questionnaire will help you understand how effective your teachers’ personal styles are against the following professional competency areas:
Read the CPSQ for teachers guide.
Read the latest research on the role of personality on teacher retention.
CPSQ 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 for teachers has been mapped to both the Cambridge Teacher Standards and Cambridge Professional Development Qualifications (PDQs). The results of 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.
Using the results of CPSQ with the Cambridge Teacher Standards can help you understand where your teachers might need additional support or professional development. The Standards and their associated resources can help teachers to be more self-evaluative in the areas highlighted by CPSQ.
See how CPSQ maps to the learning outcomes of Cambridge PDQs and the Cambridge Teacher Standards. (PDF, 78KB)
To complete the assessment, teachers are shown behavioural statements and are asked to rate the extent to which these reflect typical behaviours, from ‘strongly agree’ to ‘strongly disagree’. If a respondent rates two or more statements equally, they are encouraged to reflect and rank which are ‘more…’ or ‘less like me’.
For each competency, a score is provided on a one to five scale. The higher a score, the more likely it is that current behaviours are effective and support progress. Within each competency, a person may have stronger and weaker areas, which are signposted in three possible feedback categories: Positive, Neutral and Improvement points.
Read a sample report (PDF, 1010KB)
We are trialling materials to support the effective use of CPSQ. They are designed to be used alongside the CPSQ for teachers report. We have started by creating some general resources and support material for the Coping with demands competency. We will be adding to these resources to cover all of the competency areas, based on feedback.
These resources are free to use and can be accessed by anyone. They can be used by the teacher, with their mentor, or as part of a group activity with other teachers taking CPSQ.
Access the support materials
The questionnaire can be taken online at any location and CPSQ’s easy-to-manage online platform provides instant results and reports. It is quick and easy to set up and share with individuals. The platform lets you:
Your School Coordinator can order CPSQ from the Extra Services area on the School Support Hub. Once the order has been placed, we will contact you within 10 days to set up your account.
There is a fee per assessment for CPSQ for teachers. There is a discounted rate the more assessments you order.
Order CPSQ for teachers