Professional Update pilots continue with CPD scheme set for August 2014 roll-out


The second phase of the Professional Update pilot has been launched by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS).

Professional Update is a scheme of reaccreditation for teachers which the GTCS is developing at the request of the Scottish government. 

The government wants the scheme to help “maintain and improve the quality” of teachers and to “maintain and enhance” teachers’ CPD in Scotland.

A further nine local authorities are taking part in the next phase, which will involve teachers from all types of school trialling the practical operation of the scheme.

The national roll-out of Professional Update is planned to start in August 2014.

A GTCS statement said: “The purpose of the pilot is to gather information about the practical operation of a scheme of Professional Update and thus ensure it will support teachers in the Professional Review and Development process.” 

The local authorities taking part in the second phase are Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Falkirk, Fife, Highland, Moray, Scottish Borders, West Dunbartonshire, and West Lothian.

The GTCS has previously sought to allay fears that Professional Update would become a tool to get rid of teachers. Its website says: “It is anticipated that Professional Update will focus on continuous improvement rather than on determining whether or not a teacher is, or has remained, competent.”

GTCS chief executive, Anthony Finn, said: “We hope that this extended pilot involvement will help improve the Professional Review and Development process for teachers, supporting them to develop their existing skills and learn new ones. We already have high standards of teaching in our schools. Professional Update will maintain and enhance those high standards and offer support for teachers to develop their professional skills.”

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