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									                          Skills for Life
                          Improvement Programme

Continuing Professional Development

This information sheet introduces key elements of the continuing professional development (CPD)
cycle for teachers, tutors and trainers in the lifelong learning sector. It describes three useful online
tools for recording CPD: from the National Centre for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics (NCETM),
the Institute for Learning (Reflect), and the Teaching and Learning Project.

Registering with the Institute for Learning

All LSC funded teachers are required to register with the Institute for Learning and undertake at least
30 hours of continuing professional development (CPD) each year to maintain their registration.
Teachers in non-LSC funded provision are invited to register and maintain their registration I they

The document ‘Guidelines for your continuing professional development (CPD)’, Institute for Learning,
2007 provides detailed guidance on what is meant by CPD and the cycle of activity that should be
undertaken. The cycle starts on the 1st September each year. The six steps below are adapted from
this document.

Planning your professional development cycle

Step 1 - contextual analysis:
 If you are a new teacher your priority is to become qualified and gain QTLS (qualified teacher
   learning and skills) or ATLS (associate teacher learning and skills) (
   If you are already qualified you will need to begin the reflection on the relationship between the
   LLUK standards for teachers and the development of your professional practice
   ( You will need also to think about the
   most important drivers within your organisational context and how you need to improve or update
   your subject specialism and teaching and learning approaches over the coming year. You will also
   need to take into account the wider national policy context. From this initial reflection on your
   context you will be able to identify priority areas.

Step 2 - needs and goals analysis:
 Analyse these priority areas using other forms of evidence such as learner feedback, impact
   evaluation on learner outcomes, appraisals, peer review and teaching observations and, mapping
   these against the relevant domains in the teaching standards, make a critical self-assessment of
   your needs and goals for the coming year that will address identified areas for development.

Step 3 - individual development plan
 Using the evidence from your self-assessment, identify professional development activities that
   you think will address these needs and goals thinking carefully about the type of activity as well as
   the focus or topics that are most likely to be effective for you. Create a professional development
   plan giving a brief rationale for each activity, a time-line for achievement, outcomes and what you
   think will be the measures of success.

Step 4 - professional development log
 Carry out the activities identified in your plan, keep a log of the activities you complete with dates
   and some indication of time spent together with your reflections on progress.

Step 5 - professional development record
 During the yearly cycle keep a professional development record to show you have undertaken at
   least 30 hours of CPD or pro rata if you are a part-time teacher.

Step 6 - reflection on practice and impact analysis
 Reflect on the impact on your professional practice and on your learners of each aspect of CPD
   you have undertaken. This will be one of the prompts for the next cycle for another year but will
   also be an integral part of your learning log.

The Portfolio of Evidence

Your portfolio of evidence can be kept:
      handwritten on paper or
      electronically using one of the reflective practice tools available online or
      electronically using a virtual learning environment
      electronically in a Word document

Your CPD record, i.e. a summary of the activities you have undertaken, must be sent electronically
either via the Institute for Learning Reflect tool or via email once a year. It is important to not just
undertake the CPD but also reflect on what you have learnt. You are encouraged to work with your
peers as part of your reflective practice.

The following sections outline the three online tools available currently from the Institute for Learning
(IfL), the National Centre for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics (NCETM) and the National
Teaching and Learning Programme (NTLP).

Word versions of the Institute for Learning’s action plan, activity sheet and CPD record are available
from the Professional Development area of the Skills for Life Improvement Programme’s website

The method you use to record your CPD will depend on your learning style, your access to the
Internet, your provider’s requirements and your subject specialism.

National Centre for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics (NCETM)

If you are a numeracy specialist then NCETM’s website ( might be your first port of
call. NCETM is a virtual centre supported by a website. The website provides information on
resources and research, forums and tools for professional development. All numeracy teachers
should register with the website and bookmark it in their My Favourites. The website is fairly easy to
navigate by using the menu at the top of each page.

In considering professional development, the starting point should be the Self-evaluation section.
Here you can look at what the LLUK standards mean when teaching maths/numeracy. You might find
it easiest to look at the Word version of the exemplification. The code in brackets at the end of a
paragraph shows how the LLUK standards tie in with the Teacher Development Agency (TDA)
standards for teachers in schools. The exemplifications can help identify areas for professional
development either in discussion with a manager or with peers. TDA or LLUK Professional Standards
If you want to check your confidence levels with regards to content knowledge then use the NCETM
Mathematics Content Knowledge self evaluation tool for adult learning. This tool is perhaps most
effectively used by working with a colleague or in a small group as then you can discuss what it means
to be confident in explaining, for example, decimals. A self-evaluation tool looking at pedagogy for
adult learning is currently being developed. Having undertaken a self-evaluation then explore the rest
of the site for content which might support the areas you need to develop. You can record CPD
activities and your reflections on the activities in the Career Portfolio section of the Personal Learning

You can choose to use the format that has been suggested by the IfL and share the CPD activity
record for peer review. However, you cannot currently post this direct to the IfL Reflect tool. You have
two options if you want to use the NCETM Career Portfolio for recording your reflections on CPD
activities: keep your summary record of CPD activities on IfL’s Reflect or keep your summary record of
CPD activities in a Word document that you email to IfL at the end of the CPD cycle.

The Personal Learning Space is user friendly but suffers from a lack of spellchecker or the ability to
save the CPD activity sheets as Word documents.

Institute for Learning Reflect

Using the Reflect tool
   1. Create a CPD Record
       Log in as a member
       Go to Create New (you may need to click on More…. to find the option)
       Choose CPD Record
       Name it ‘IfL CPD Record 08/09’
       Choose a tag (if you choose a tag now it can’t be altered so you may want to add later)
       Describe the purpose of the record e.g. CPD record for IfL
       Choose option to use this as your IfL record
       Choose a template on page 2
       Set the dates 01/09/08 – 31/08/09 on page 3
       Save your record by clicking on the green tick on page 4
       When complete at end of year, send to IfL
   2. Create an Action Plan
      Go to Create New                                                               Detailed information can
      Choose Action Plan                                                             be found in the Help
      Title – ‘CPD Action Plan 2008/09’                                              Guides on the IfL
      Choose a tag                                                                   Members’ Home page,
      Complete sections on:                                                          which you access once
          current situation                                                          you log in on the IfL main
          ideal situation                                                            Home page
          SWOT analysis                                                              If you manage all of this
          resources needed                                                           you may want to explore
          reflection                                                                 the other areas such as
          time spent on the reflection                                               sharing with peers, writing
      Save your record by clicking on the green tick on page 7                       a blog, adding thoughts…
   3. Create a CPD Activity (one type of Asset) for each CPD activity undertaken
      Go to Create New
      Choose Activity
      Choose a tag (you can choose more than one)
      Describe activity
      Give reasons for choosing the activity
      Outline knowledge/skills gained

       Outline the expected impact
       Reflect (usually at a later stage)
       Record time spent on the activity
       Choose Send to CPD Record on page 4
       Save your activity by clicking on the green tick on page 4
   4. Edit Activities
      Go to View
      Choose View All
      Select appropriate activity
      Choose Edit
   5. Send CPD Record to IfL at the end of the year (by August 31st 2009)
       Go to View
       Choose View All
       Choose CPD record
       Choose send CPD record to IfL

Teaching and Learning Programme

Within the Teaching and Learning Programme’s website there is a Continuing Professional
Development area, providing a variety of approaches to CPD. The area covers activities to use with
learners or peers exploring different pedagogical approaches and CPD builders for different subjects
to help plan professional development.

Sections in Continuing Professional Development area:

 Defining CPD        What is meant by CPD and reflective practice?

 Small steps – big   Scaling tool to help identify areas to include in professional
 difference          development plan.

 Putting CPD into    Facility to create own reflective log to help provide evidence for your
 action              CPD portfolio. The log can be saved on online in QIA’s Excellence
                     Gateway or downloaded as an RTF file so that you can adapt and
                     share your thoughts.

 CPD Builder         Provides suggestions for CPD activities for different subjects and
                     vocational areas linked to the materials produced by the Teaching
                     and Learning Programme. Each module is 10 hours long.

 CPD Library         Documents relating to approaches for supporting professional
                     development e.g. information on the use of teaching squares for
                     observation. ‘Planning and developing CPD sessions’ includes a
                     useful checklist on what makes effective CPD.

Guidance notes are available to help you work through the Professional Development Cycle and also
to provide suggestions on how the different sections can be used as part of staff development.

Closely linked to the Continuing Professional Development area is an area looking at 10 pedagogy
approaches to teaching and learning.

The 10 pedagogic approaches are:

         assessment for learning
         co-operative learning
         differentiation
         embedding literacy, language and numeracy (LLN)
         experiential learning
         learning conversations
         modelling
         multi-sensory learning
         relating theory and practice
         using e-learning and technology

Sections in the Effective Teaching and Learning area:

    Using the 10 pedagogy          Introduction to the 10 approaches to teaching and
    approaches                     learning that have been shown to make a significant
                                   impact on learning.

    Talking teaching, training     Set of cards to encourage discussion around the 10
    and learning                   pedagogy approaches.

    Quick start guides             Interactive activity and downloadable resources to get you
                                   started looking at the different approaches.

    Equality and diversity quick   Section looks at equality and diversity in relation to
    start guide                    teaching and learning.

    Toolkits                       Material to look more in-depth at the use of planning,
                                   case studies, co-operative learning, peer-review and
                                   effective questioning.

Summary of the three online CPD tools
Tool                                     Advantages
National Centre for Excellence in             Self-evaluation tool, linked to LLUK professional
Teaching Maths                                 standards for Maths
                                              Personal learning space to record CPD                              Option to record CPD activity using IfL’s CPD format
                                              Can share material for peer review
For all the advantages you need to            Wide range of resources to support CPD for
register with NCETM                            numeracy and maths teachers

Reflect (IfL’s online tool)                    Detailed guidance on what CPD can include
                                               Links with the annual CPD submission to IfL                                  IfL’s official tool for recording CPD
                                               Peer review/professional dialogue comments can be
You need to be a member of IfL to use           added to CPD activity sheets and CPD records
Reflect                                        Ability to customise look of own online area

Teaching and Learning Programme                Guidance on what is meant by CPD
                                               Online reflective log          Tools to help decide what CPD to undertake linked
                                                to teaching and learning
You need to register with Excellence           Wide range of resources to support CPD for
Gateway to use all the features of the          vocational teachers
online tool                                    Resources to develop CPD within an organisation


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