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Professional Update at SLF



Presentation on the Professional Update scheme given by Tony Finn at the Scottish Learning Festival 2011

Presentation on the Professional Update scheme given by Tony Finn at the Scottish Learning Festival 2011



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  • ·         Planned GTCS review of Professional Standards·         Publication of Teaching Scotland’s Future, which refocuses on career-long learning, reinvigorated approach to 21st century teacher professionalism, CPD continuing to shift from set-piece events, consideration of Active Registration Standard, leadership pathways etc,·         Subsequent establishment of National Partnership Groups, with related sub-groups·         Publication of McCormac Review, sees professional learning as an integral part of educational change, CPD linked to a revitalised system of PRPD, endorsement of Professional Update·         Formation of Education Scotland, incorporating HMIE, LTS, National CPD team, Positive Behaviour Team·         Education Scotland review of ‘How Good is Our School.’
  • (For example, sharing of evidence to confirm that a teacher has maintained professional skills and understanding.)
  • opportunities to engage in ongoing self- evaluation to assess professional skills and needs.the availability of constructive and helpful PRD which offers support and advice and facilitates access to professional development opportunities. Ownership of PRD and CPD by teachers, providing the opportunity to reflect on practice and identify appropriate CPD opportunities to meet individual and school needsthe importance of ensuring that CPD opportunities are relevant to a teacher’s identified needs. CPD is not just about courses and conferences, but can (and should) include a whole range of opportunities, including – reading and research, observation of practice, participation in teacher learning communities and working groups, secondments, etc.........clarity in establishing links to the SFR and to relevant ongoing developments in education.·        

Professional Update at SLF Professional Update at SLF Presentation Transcript

  • Professional Update: a positive innovation in Scottish schools
    Tony Finn
    22 September 2011
  • Professional Update- Why now?
    Public Services Reform (GTC Scotland) Order 2011 (Section 31)
    requires GTCS to set up a scheme of reaccreditation
    allows GTCS scope to develop such a scheme and to give it an appropriate name
    allows for different provision in respect of different types of registered teachers
    requires consultation before making or varying a scheme
  • GTC Scotland context
    • Independence from April 2012
    • strengthened powers and increased responsibilities for GTCS
    • GTCS review of Professional Standards
    standards of qualification and practice are high but
    • strong political pressure and press interest in teachers and teaching
    ..a big challenge: GTCS wishes to make this work for teachers
  • The national context....
    A Curriculum for Excellence
    Teaching Scotland’s Future (Donaldson Report)
    Publication of McCormac Review
    Launch of Education Scotland and review of ‘How Good is Our School.’
  • Some important starting points about professional update....
    The GTCS scheme will seek to be supportive and helpful
    Its aim is to help teachers keep their skills up to date.
    It is about “Improving not proving”
    It is therefore not linked to competence procedures
    Once guidelines are agreed, each local authority will agree a way forward with professional associations
  • What has GTC Scotland done to date? 1
    consulted very widely with stakeholders
    the potential advantages of professional update
    broad principles and purposes
    need to act sensitively and avoid bureaucracy
    what we can learn from/avoid in other schemes
  • What has GTC Scotland done to date? 2
    set up a working group to
    represent all key interests in Scottish Education
    consider how key issues should be developed
    review wider issues
    plan a programme for implementation
    published an initial statement and draft advice on two areas (Sept 2011)
    arranged meetings to discuss current thinking and listen to teachers’ views (Oct/Nov, 2011)
  • All professions need to keep skills and knowledge up to date....
  • What are the key purposes?
    to maintain and improve the quality of our teachers and to enhance the impact that they have on pupils’ learning
    to support, maintain and enhance teachers’ continued professionalism.
  • Key principles: teachers would have.....
    a responsibility to consider their own development needs.
    an entitlement to a system of supportive PRD which would:
    assist them to identify constructive ways to update their skills
    provide access to opportunities which can address areas they have identified as requiring support
    help them to manage change
    offer a focus on ways in which they can enhance their careers 
    confirmation that they are maintaining the high standards required of a teacher
  • What might this mean in practice...?
     An annual update, involving submission to GTCS of changes in personal details
    continuing engagement in professional development at establishment level.
    a five yearly professional update which builds on the key purposes
  • For this to work well, we need:
    opportunities for teachers to engage in ongoing self- evaluation
    constructive and helpful PRD processes and training to ensure this works well in practice
    processes which help teachers do their current jobs well and also plan for the future
    Emphasis on the importance of CPD opportunities which are relevant to a teacher’s identified needs
    clarity in links to the SFR and to relevant ongoing developments in education
  • What will GTCS do next?
    Listen to teachers’ feedback:
    at meetings across Scotland
    through online comments
    through responses from individuals and groups
    review findings and launch a formal consultation around the end of 2011
    Tackle some big issues which we need to consider more fully
    Set up a pilot programme in 2012
  • The big issues...
    Professional Update: Perception and reality
    improvement of teachers’ skills, not links to competence
    PRD: supporting and developing a scheme which works for teachers
    Teachers not currently teaching in schools
    The role of Head Teachers and employers
  • GTC Scotland