Minister Kaye has announced this weekend (Sat 1 July 2017) that the Cabinet has discussed and approved the long-term vision for PLD, which will involve transferring PLD to the Education Council. The transition of this work will occur from January 1, 2018.
The transfer of Professional Learning and Development (PLD) will bring responsibility for teacher-related services together in one place (the Education Council) for most effective and efficient delivery.
The Ministry is working closely with the Education Council to ensure they have the capacity to take on each element of the new design. The transition plan will be jointly agreed to ensure there is a smooth transition.
We will continue to work closely with sector groups throughout the transition process. The implementation reference group will continue to help support the transition planning.
We do not expect any disruption to the way schools access PLD during this process. All applications and processes to have PLD approved and gain access to a facilitator will remain the same. Early Learning will continue to gain access to PLD through their Community of Learning.
All processes around accreditation and contracting of providers will remain the same until the transition arrangements have been worked through. The Education Council will not be redesigning PLD but we expect that there will be opportunity to improve processes as would occur regardless of which organisation was running PLD.
The amount of support available for PLD is not impacted by the change. This will include the additional $9million for Digital Technology PLD. The Ministry will agree with the Education Council a framework for appropriate monitoring, measuring and reporting to ensure that agreed outcomes are being achieved.
You can read the full text of Minister Kaye's speech here.