How to apply for locally-focussed PLD

Locally-focussed PLD aims to build greater equity and excellence in a small number of national priority areas

  • You should familiarise yourself with the priority areas, and how these might relate to the achievement challenges in your school.
  • The current national priorities for locally-focussed PLD are pāngarau, pūtaiao, te reo matatini (pānui, tuhituhi, kōrero), maths, science, reading and writing, and digital fluency.
  • This does not mean PLD is only available for priority subjects. The PLD process is centred on the inquiry model. If you are unfamiliar with this particular tool, you can find more information here

Once you have identified a need, you can make a proposal. This involves collecting your information and evidence to address:

  • what PLD you require
  • how that PLD links to the PLD priorities (in Term 1 2020 this means the existing priorities. From Term 3 2020 it will mean the new PLD priorities.)
  • what is the evidence supporting your need for this PLD.

You will then create and submit your proposal in the new online PLD system.  We will be releasing the new system in Term 1 2020 in time to support the Term 1 allocation process.  The new system replaces the PLD Journal file (Excel spreadsheet) which is no longer in use to create proposals.

If you want to begin writing your proposal, download the Quick Guide to Online System Proposal Questions template. You will be able to transfer the information from your proposal questions template into the online PLD system when it is released. 

You can find your regional contacts who can support you in making your proposal in Term 1 2020 here.

There will be three opportunities in 2020 to apply for locally-focussed PLD - Term 1, Term 3, and Term 4.

The regional allocation process

Once you submit your proposal it is reviewed by your region’s Area Allocation Panel who allocate locally-focussed PLD. The panels are comprised of sector representatives and Ministry representatives from inside the region and they meet once a term. Locally-focussed PLD is allocated regionally as the panels are best placed to understand your region’s particular priorities and needs. After your panel meets you will be informed if your proposal has been accepted or declined. Please note if your proposal is accepted you may receive less or more hours than requested depending on the panel’s decision.

You should use your allocated hours within the timeframe specified in the proposal or let your regional office know if there is a delay; your hours are likely to be withdrawn and reallocated if you do not start your PLD journey within a year of receiving your allocation of hours. The reason for this is that locally-focussed PLD is funded by Ministry of Education financial year and must be used in that time frame.