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CPD during school closure - really!?

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AvenueQ Thu 16-Apr-20 10:25:30

Is your school offering/expecting CPD during school closure?
We have been given a booklet to log our personal CPD progress- compulsory but oh so exciting as we are surely so happy to finally have the headspace to do this hmm
I don't have the headspace!! I have three children with varying needs and I'm struggling not to slide into depression...

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Dogsaresomucheasier Thu 16-Apr-20 10:51:04

Yes, ours are expecting it. In fairness I do have more time for it than usual.

anotheraussie Thu 16-Apr-20 11:46:17

My school in Australia l has binned off significant sections of the school's annual development plan (AIP), or whatever the UK equivalent is in the interests of teachers actually getting to grips with online teaching and (hopefully) learning. The AIP informs teachers' CPD.

Very sensible. For once.

I'd be challenging this through the unions.

anotheraussie Thu 16-Apr-20 11:47:58

Sorry. I mean I'd be challenging your school's insistence on pursuing CPD.

SandlakeRd Thu 16-Apr-20 11:50:44

I’m not a teacher but I am a key worker working at home. We are expected to do CPD if our normal workload allows - which it has in my case.

Is teaching CPD different and expected outside of your normal role??

FrippEnos Thu 16-Apr-20 13:45:07


Some of my CPD (or whatever) is currently impossible.

1/ Pupils results. Make of that what you will
2/ Postponed by the person running the CPD.
3/ completed.
4/ To do with an external group that can't run at the moment.

So yes most teacher will be expected to do it, being able to do it is another thing altogether,

wasgoingmadinthecountry Thu 16-Apr-20 17:44:59

We're expected to do some - I'm asthmatic so not doing my turn volunteering with key workers' children but am doing a couple of other things instead.

I've signed up for a couple of OU courses - quite nice to do something I want for once! I've also been asked to do a children's mental health course which may well come in useful when we get back to school.

To be fair, I do have a lot more time than normal and I am getting my full pay. My children are also grown up so don't require childcare.

ThisIsMeOrIsIt Thu 16-Apr-20 17:56:19

I'm an SEN teacher and we're doing some CPD as we can't get to our pupils at the moment. I think it's fair enough if you're being paid and you're not expected in school. Lots of workers are at home with their children but still trying to get work done. You just have to do the best you can. Perhaps factor in some time early morning or after they're in bed to do it?

DrMadelineMaxwell Thu 16-Apr-20 17:57:27

Yes. Directed by the ht we are to read up on the new curriculum, read all the paperwork we have re MAT children and what we provide etc. And log it on our professional development profile which is online.

PotteringAlong Thu 16-Apr-20 17:57:31

Yup, we’re overhauling curriculum and development plans

Floexotic Thu 16-Apr-20 18:06:21

Makes sense to me (as a teacher). It takes less than one day to set the ‘work’ at the level we’ve been asked (and parents are happy with), a couple of hours per day max corresponding with parents.
Another few hours to catch up on paperwork-policies, curriculum etc.
That leaves quite a lot of time for cpd.
Admittedly I had very little headspace for it before Easter hols but should be better now.
And yes it is difficult with my own kids at home but there’s plenty of people in the same boat working from home.

Sometimes I wish we could be furloughed though!

Theduchessstill Fri 17-Apr-20 08:33:56

We have no whole school policy on this but as a HoD I was emailed the chance to have an hour's free training on a programme we run. I have signed up for it and let everyone know when it's happening and expect everyone to attend. BUT if anyone contacts me to say they can't for any reason I'll be fine with that and people know that.

I think it's a good opportunity to do some CPD and it's quite nice to be given autonomy over it. But schools must be aware that people will have different circumstances and states of health (mental and physical) at the moment so it shouldn't become a stick to beat you with. For every person who finds doing some CPD a welcome distraction from everything else and a way to feel some fulfillment at this time, there'll be another who just can't deal with it at the moment and schools must acknowledge that.

autumnkate Fri 17-Apr-20 08:56:06

We’ve been given 3 hours of Tom Sherrington this week with more to follow

autumnkate Fri 17-Apr-20 08:57:15

And overhauling assigned sows. I had to remind my HOD that I was part time

Letseatgrandma Fri 17-Apr-20 09:00:13

What sort ofvthings are they expecting you to do?

My old school would have done this sort of thing! You had to make a log of what you did if you ever got any curriculum time out for your subject (primary). No one ever looked at the log unless they were trying to get rid of you on capability!

Pud2 Sun 19-Apr-20 17:40:56

Yes, we are. Really good opportunity for staff to do CPD online. We are on full pay so I think it’s fair enough that we should work for the equivalent of a few hours each day. We’re not expected to work our full hours, but we should still be working from home.

NeurotrashWarrior Mon 20-Apr-20 07:01:50

The cpd is for those who are full time and who aren't going in due to conditions and don't have children. I'm guessing those not writing curriculum docs and full time too, without kids.,Various courses have been suggested but it's not been made mandatory. I'm wfh and writing tbe curriculum which we were doing anyway, but I'm part time.

It's in a lot of detail for me war and fucking peace as we are sen and have a range of needs.

I'd speak to the union of you feel it's overly onerous as it's very different if you have young children and also children with any additional needs.

PumpkinPie2016 Wed 22-Apr-20 08:32:42

Yes, we are. Less than we normally would and there is a choice of activities so you could pick a quicker one and one longer one if you wanted to.

It's all based around the new curriculum model anyway so it will be useful when we eventually get back to school.

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