We have redesigned centrally-funded PLD support so that it is more responsive to the needs of schools, kura and Kāhui Ako.
What does this mean?
In short, we have redesigned PLD so that:
- It is focussed on greater equity and excellence in National Priority Areas
- It is tailored to the needs and contexts of individual schools, kura and Kāhui Ako, not delivered as a 'program'
- Teachers and kaiako, school leaders and tumuaki are supported to carry our robust inquiry and improvement planning
- Regional knowledge is used more effectively
- High-quality PLD facilitation is recognised and promoted
- There is a strong focus on building and supporting leadership
1. Centrally-funded PLD is has been redesigned to focus on building greater equity and excellence in a small number of national priority areas
- From 2015, for the next 3-5 years, the priority areas are: pāngarau, pūtaiao, te reo matatini (pānui, tuhituhi, kōrero), mathematics, science, reading and writing and digital fluency.
- Schools, kura and Kāhui Ako are being asked to identify the priority areas in which they need further support and development.
2. PLD is targeted, tailored and responsive to the needs and context of the school, kura or Kāhui Ako
- Schools, kura and Kāhui Ako work together to put together a PLD proposal that identifies their needs.
- Facilitators are now asked to work with school leaders and tumuaki, kaiako and teachers to build a plan that is responsive to the individual contexts of that school or kura.
3. Schools, kura and Kāhui Ako are undertaking more focussed inquiry and change and improvement planning
- Schools and kura may need to build evaluative capability or work more effectively with parents, families or whānau to improve student outcomes in priority areas.
- Factsheets and resources to support inquiry are available here.
4. Centrally-funded PLD is allocated regionally with strong sector involvement
- PLD proposals are considered by local panels who are composed primarily of representatives from the teaching sector
- Panels meet and consider proposals every term
5. Accredited PLD facilitators are now available
- Schools, kura, and Kāhui Ako are able to choose facilitators from this online list.
- Facilitators are accredited and a short summary of practice, including referees that schools, kura and Kāhui Ako can contact, are available online.
6. Support for leadership and professional education networks
- Professional education networks are a potential source of professional learning and development that complements centrally funded PLD
- Support for leaders is another important aspect of PLD
- Centrally-funded PLD contains a number of new initiatives to support both areas