Teacher development framework
Teacher development framework

The TeachingEnglish – Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Framework is a guide to the development opportunities for teachers of English available from the British Council and other ELT providers.

Apart from being a qualifications framework, it also promotes and organises a range of opportunities through which teachers can develop across stages of their careers.

The framework encourages professionals and individual teachers to continuously:

  • look for ways to deal with new challenges
  • improve performance
  • actively identify their own needs and ways to meet those needs
  • make the framework an essential component of their professional life.


You are a trainee teacher of English taking initial training or you are not qualified as an English teacher but working as one.
Newly qualified You are a qualified teacher of English in your first two years of practice, who is putting initial training into practice.
Developing You are a practising qualified teacher of English with more than two years of experience, and still want to consolidate your essential skills.
Proficient You are an experienced qualified teacher of English with strong all-round knowledge and competence as a teacher.
Advanced You are a highly experienced qualified teacher, who comfortably takes on leading roles, such as mentoring, and may be planning to develop more specialist skills.
Specialist You are a practising specialist, such as a teacher trainer, materials writer, syllabus & curriculum developer, head of department/manager, testing expert, adviser on ELT issues (primary, secondary, vocational etc.), researcher.

The CPD framework is not a linear process, but reflects teachers' needs to sometimes go back to refresh themselves and learn new skills.