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					             Practitioner Practising Certificate (PPC)

For: Holders of Approved Practitioner Status (APS). (Holders of ATS/AMBDA or
Equivalent please see separate guidance for the Teaching Practising Certificate
and, for AMBDA or Equivalent, the Assessment Practising Certificate)

Application Guidance and Requirements

The Practitioner Practising Certificate (PPC) recognises the value of the skills
and knowledge of those practitioners engaged in delivering SpLD specialist
teaching and tutoring programmes and their commitment to best practice, which
includes a commitment to continuing professional development.

It is, in this regard, similar to the Teaching Practising Certificate (TPC), available
to those holding ATS and AMBDA or equivalent (although ATS and AMBDA
holders also hold Qualified Teacher Status/QTS and this is not a requirement for
Approved Practitioner Status. Holders of ATS FE/HE and AMBDA FE/HE do not
necessarily need QTS).

The Practitioner Practising Certificate is NOT equivalent to an Assessment
Practising Certificate (APC) and should not be confused as such.

Aims of the PPC

The PPC offers a way for individuals to demonstrate that they are a current
specialist SpLD practitioner delivering teaching/tutoring programmes for SpLD
individuals with relevant practical experience and that they are committed to
maintaining best practice and ongoing development of their professional teaching
skills.



PPC requirements


Please note the PPC is not mandatory. Holders of Approved Practitioner Status
retain this status without PPC.

To be awarded the PPC you must:

      Hold the Specialist SpLD qualification Approved Practitioner Status (APS)
      Be a Practitioner Approved Member (PA) of the BDA
      Be committed to ethical practice
      Be committed to continuing professional development
      Supply evidence of specialist teaching practice
To apply you need to submit:

      A completed application form
      2 Letters of Support corroborating your employment and supporting the
       quality of you practice.
      A copy (not the original, although this should be available if subsequently
       requested) of your Approved Practitioner Status certificate.
      3 copies of all the above documents (applicants should retain a copy of all
       these documents for their own records).

Applicants awarded the PPC will be entitled to use the letters ‘SpLDPPC’ after
their name.

PPC New Application Requirements

Applicants must be a Practitioner Approved Member (PA) of the BDA. The
validity of the certificate is conditional upon membership being maintained
throughout the PPC period.

Members are asked to confirm their commitment to ethical practice and
continuing professional development (CPD).

Current Specialist Teaching Practice

All applicants must demonstrate that they are current, practitioners, who have
conducted a minimum of 20 hours direct specialist SpLD related tuition, or
teaching of SpLD learners of an age appropriate to the attribution of your APS in
the 12 months prior to application. A declaration to confirm teaching hours should
be made on the application form.

“Direct specialist SpLD related teaching” includes:

     1:1 or small group work with individuals with SpLD and/or
     Teaching SpLD learners, and/or
    Professional mentoring, advising, tutoring or teacher training of SpLD
      teaching activity
    Teaching activity must relate to learners of an age appropriate to the
      attribution of your APS


It does not include mainstream teaching work where adjustments are made to
support curriculum access or learning support work where another professional
guides the teaching objectives and activities.
Specialist Teaching Practitioner Experience

All applicants must demonstrate a minimum of 1 year (or equivalent) of
professional SpLD teaching/tutoring.

Please complete the application form showing your current and previous
teaching experience. This form asks applicants to highlight and briefly describe
those roles which have involved specialist teaching practice, either working
directly with individuals with SpLD or professional mentoring or teacher training
activity within the field.

Letters of Support

Two Letters of Support should be attached to the PPC application. The contact
details of those providing the Letters of Support should also be supplied. They
may be contacted as part of the BDA audit process.

One Letter of Support should be from a current employer or a professional
colleague who holds AMBDA (Associate Member of the British Dyslexia
Association), who can confirm the validity of the most recent aspects of your
employment history, and can knowledgeably comment on the quality of teaching
practice.

For applicants working independently, a professional colleague does not
necessarily have to be a person with whom they work directly, but someone who
is aware of their practice; i.e. a fellow member of the BDA, a school teacher with
whom they collaborate to support a student or human resources professional
with whom they coordinate in providing workplace support. The writer of the
Letter of Support should state within it on what grounds they are able to confirm
that this candidate is an effective specialist teacher of SpLD individuals.

The second Letter of Support should provide further evidence of the quality
of your teaching practice. This could be:

      A student self-evaluation of progress
      A reference from a parent
      A professional reference from an employer
      A professional reference from a suitably qualified colleague (i.e. holder of
       ATS or AMBDA accreditation or equivalent)
      A copy of any professional observation of teaching, such as those
       undertaken for inspections or internal quality audits (including observer’s
       contact details)
      A reference or course evaluations from participants of professional
       mentoring or teacher training programmes (including contact details of one
       participant who is prepared to support your application)
Renewal of PPC application

PPC renewal is every 3 years.

Practitioner Approved Membership (PA) of BDA must be held and a commitment
given to ethical practice and continuing professional development.

On renewal of the PPC all applicants must supply:

       A completed BDA Practitioner Practising Certificate CPD Log providing
        evidence of a minimum of 20 hours CPD activity within the last three
        years, including reflection on impact of CPD on practice. (For those jointly
        applying for an APC this CPD log minimum rises to 25 hours – the other
        requirements of the APC stand).
       Updated details of employment history since any previous application. 10
        hours direct teaching or equivalent per year. Please see CPD Guidance
        for professional practice that is acceptable as equivalent. All teaching to
        be with learners of an age appropriate to the attribution of your
        ATS/AMBDA.)
       Two updated Letters of Support as described above drawn from practice
        since previous application.
       A copy (not the original, although this should be available if subsequently
        requested) of your Approved Practitioner Status certificate and previous
        Practitioner Practising Certificate.
       Three copies of all documents should be sent (please retain a further copy
        for your reference).


Costs

PPC (including CPD) - £60. Valid for 3 years.



Please note: Requirements and fees are subject to periodic review by the BDA
Accreditation Board. Please ensure you use the current guidance, fees and
application form on application (see www.bdadyslexia.org.uk for latest forms,
Email: accreditation@bdadyslexia.org.uk , call the Accreditation Department on
01344 38 1569, or write to Accreditation Department, British Dyslexia
Association, Unit 8 Bracknell Beeches, Old Bracknell Lane, Bracknell, RG12
7BW. Thank you).



Revised: Oct. 2011 (V12)

				
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