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some sort of course - CPD for my PM targets

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messysponge Mon 07-Jul-14 10:26:05

I dont really want to take a course/ qualification. I dont like to sound lazy but I have so many qualifications already - most of which I consider useless.

I have to put something for a CPD PM target for next year.I have looked at the local courses - they are all tied with MEd and such. I just want a course which has a certificate of attendence or completion on it.

Distance learning would be fine but it must be bona fide in that the school will see it as a "proper course".

I teach A level in an independent school, part time. My line manager is pushing this although I have to pay for it myself.

Does anyone know of any courses I could access which meet my needs?

TheLateMrsLizCromwell Mon 07-Jul-14 12:05:34

Could you do an A level yourself in a different but related subject so you could offer that as an additional subject?

Why does it need to be an actual course? Could it not be something like arranging moderation sessions with another school, or working with a colleague to produce specific resources (eg to support students moving from Grade B to A, or whatever), or something?

chocoshopoholic Mon 07-Jul-14 19:16:19

Which subject do you teach?

messysponge Tue 08-Jul-14 06:44:42

Thanks for the replies. My line manager insists it must be a course.

I dont have any moderation to do. I am sole subject teacher and no coursework. I have already developed resources etc.

Other than that I dont know why it has to be a course. My line manager is dictating this.

However, I found a distance learning course on the Cambridge University site yesterday afternoon, ( Madingly College) which will fit the needs. Its certificated as a participation course, not a qualification. I have signed up. Quite a lot of money but of it keeps him quiet I am going to have to pay it.


PotteringAlong Tue 08-Jul-14 06:58:54

If your line manager is pushing it then school have to pay! Don't pay yourself!

HamAndPlaques Tue 08-Jul-14 08:01:56

You have to pay for your own CPD? No no no. Your line manager needs to understand that meaningful CPD and 'going on a course' are two very different things. It would be a much better use of your time to send you to another school or even a university for a day of focused observations. Maybe something on university admissions if that is a priority for your school, or examiner training?

messysponge Tue 08-Jul-14 08:41:47

PotteringAlong and HamAndPlagues - I couldnt even get a day off to go and do any observations at another school. It would not be allowed.

I couldnt getpermission to have a day off to go with my own students to a university trip when they all went and I had no classes. The teachers who went left classes in lower school and I was put on cover. Being part time, they do that in my school.

As for pay for my CPD - absolutely not. Any course I do has to be in my own time as well. Hence I have looked at Distance Leaning. I can come and do that at night afterI have finished school.

I cant really see what I am supposed to gain from it.It does feel like course for courses sake really, but thats how things are.

I wont be rocking boats. I just do as I am told, but I dont want to do a qualification because that would mean having to write the essays/take exams - and PASS THEM. Thats why I looked for a course with a simple certificate of participation or completion.

HamAndPlaques Tue 08-Jul-14 11:10:03

I'm sorry to hear that, *sp

HamAndPlaques Tue 08-Jul-14 11:11:07

Oops! Try again.

I'm sorry to hear that, sponge. It sounds like your school has a reductive view of what constitutes effective CPD. Hope that you find something appropriate.

noblegiraffe Tue 08-Jul-14 19:32:54

Do full time teachers have to pay for their CPD and do it in their own time?

If not, then your school is breaking the law.

noblegiraffe Tue 08-Jul-14 19:37:56

Anyway, these people run a bunch of courses that you only need to turn up to. Any use?

What subject are you?

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