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No cuts in CPD budget in Aberdeenshire

Two weeks ago, TESS listed Aberdeenshire as one of the authorities which are struggling with CPD budgets or have already made cuts.

Aberdeenshire Education, Learning and Leisure Service values all its staff highly and recognises the need to provide a high-quality range of appropriate CPD opportunities which will build on individual strengths and address development needs to enhance their professional knowledge and skills for providing the very best learning experiences for children and young people.

Evidence of our commitment to CPD can be seen in our proposals for A Curriculum Framework 3-18, on which we recently consulted with pupils, staff, parents and other stakeholders, internal and external.

Further evidence can be seen in the funding we have made available through devolved CPD budgets to every school, to enable our headteachers to meet needs locally. We have also provided opportunities for learning communities to access funding to develop innovative practice to meet the curricular entitlements outlined in our Curriculum Framework papers. Our ongoing work with Tapestry Partnership is providing an exciting opportunity for more than 300 of our staff to become involved in dynamic learning communities which will enhance the practice of all those involved.

Aberdeenshire has invested additional funding in implementing Glow, to ensure all our pupils and staff have access to the very best resources available. This is in addition to other ICT initiatives, including state-of-the-art video conferencing and significant investment in a sector-leading ICT infrastructure for all our schools.

In children's services, funding has been devolved to networks to provide appropriate training and support for all professionals involved in supporting our young people with a particular focus on child protection.

For our heads, we have also introduced a series of six leadership conversations this session, as well as conferences on Curriculum for Excellence and quality improvement.

In short, there have been no cuts in CPD budgets in Aberdeenshire.

Laura Mason, head of education, Aberdeenshire Council.

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