Continuing Professional Development for Teachers: From Induction to Senior Management

Continuing Professional Development for Teachers: From Induction to Senior Management

Continuing Professional Development for Teachers: From Induction to Senior Management

Continuing Professional Development for Teachers: From Induction to Senior Management

Synopsis

Continuous Professional Development and career progression within the teaching profession in the UK is now highly formalized and regulated, with clear stages and levels of attainment from initial teacher training through to full headship. Within the teaching profession - whether as a trainee or a more experienced teacher climbing the career ladder - CPD is a watchword for many.Written by two key figures in UK teacher education, this book is for all ambitious and career minded teachers whether just setting out or eyeing the next rung on the ladder. Teachers are faced with a complex set of options and requirements which are comprehensively explored discussed in this essential guide. From qualifying as a teacher to preparing for advancement, developing skills through middle and senior roles, and continually improving teaching skills, this will be a reassuring and valuable guide.

Excerpt

The two years following induction are termed early professional development (EPD) in Northern Ireland and Wales. In other parts of the UK all years following induction are referred to as continuing professional development (CPD). In this section we will outline details of the programmes which are specifically related to the EPD phase, ie years 2 and 3 of teaching in Northern Ireland only, since the Welsh proposals will not be piloted until 2003-04. Details of CPD programmes in Scotland and England will be dealt with in the second section.

Early professional development (EPD)

The area of EPD is one which is currently undergoing major development, and the main requirements and differences between EPD practice in the various parts of the UK have been outlined in the previous chapter. This area may change significantly over the next few few years and all teachers taking up a position will have to be informed of the regulations in existence at the time in the part of the UK they are working.

A difficulty that may confront the new teacher at this stage may be one of continuity. With many schools initially offering temporary contracts for one year, some teachers may find themselves having to apply for the post they already occupy or to find another school. The situation in Scotland where, all probationer teachers are guaranteed a post, may result in some teachers, on completion of induction, having having to find another school in which to continue their professional professional development. The process of establishing oneself a second time around should be easier, however, and many new skills will have been acquired during induction. It may be that a teacher who has been employed in one area will be required to undertake specific tasks in order to qualify for full recognition as a fully qualified teacher in another.

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