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CPD opporutnities in the independent sector (Manchester)

Discussion in 'Independent' started by hogarthn, Feb 29, 2012.

  1. I am now in my second year working in an independent school in Greater Manchester and I am really enjoying it. My only concern is the lack of information regarding training opportunities. In the state sector I was actively encouraged to undergo further training and finding these opportunities was simple, you just logged on to the council website and searched CPD. I am finding it extremely difficult to find out what training courses are available in Greater Manchester particularly any which are free. If anyone can direct me as to where I should be looking I would be very grateful.
  2. Our HOD gets a lot of information sent to them, so I'd imagine they'd be your first port of call.

    Alternatively, have you asked your Director of Studies/HT for further advice? Or other independent schools in Manchester/North West - you could get in touch with other departments similar to yours?

    Training and CPD in our school is encouraged, but unlike the state sector it's about the individual seeking it out. Essentially, in the independent sector it's very much up to the individual to decide in which direction they'd like to go.

    You might also find that lectures/knowledge based CPD is valued over other areas such as whiteboard training - that's certainly been the case in my school.

  3. florian gassmann

    florian gassmann Star commenter

    It is perhaps worth pointing out that many teachers in independent schools avail themselves of the CPD offered by the various specialist subject organisations, such as the MMA for music (their members come mainly from the independent sector), the independent schools' group of the Geographical Association, and so on.

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