New pitch for CPD

IN an unusual move, the leading vocational awards body for further education is pitching for business from Scottish teachers. From next Monday, the City and Guilds of London Institute will have an online resource available for continuous professional development. It will link with Rocket Learning.

The two organisations aim to deliver "a comprehensive and cohesive CPD provision" for primary and secondary teachers, who have to undertake 35 hours of professional development a year under the post-McCrone agreement.

The initiative will help teachers to identify their own needs and then plan, monitor and evaluate a programme of development. Qualifications will be linked to the chartered teacher framework and possibly the Scottish Qualification for Headship.

The initiative may be extended to lecturers in FEcolleges as well as to teachers in the rest of the UK depending on the success of the Scottish scheme.

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