One of the main benefits of a career in teaching is that there are continual opportunities to learn and develop new skills. There are numerous courses and CLPL opportunities. For example:
- Local Authorities provide a number of CLPL opportunities for their teachers
- There are opportunities to share skills and learn from other teachers in your school and authority
- Opportunities through Education Scotland
- Additional Teaching Qualification (ATQs) – An opportunity for fully-qualified teachers to gain a qualification in another secondary subject or transfer to teaching in Primary and Vice-versa
There are also a number of CLPL opportunities aimed specifically at Gaelic teachers:
- An t-Alltan is a yearly conference organised by Stòrlann for Gaelic teachers at every level – nursery, primary and secondary – as well as for Education Authority Officers.
- There is a specialised CPD course called Streap aimed at those teachers who have Gaelic and may wish to transfer to Gaelic-medium teaching either in the primary or secondary sector. The course may also be suitable for current Gaelic teachers wishing to enhance their language skills
- Conference for Head Teachers and Senior Management Teams of schools with Gaelic Education. Bòrd na Gàidhlig organises a yearly event for the Senior Management Teams in schools with Gaelic Education. Information is circulated directly to schools
Leadership Award for Gaelic Medium Education (GME) - Education Scotland has worked with the Social Enterprise Academy to develop a bespoke leadership award for Gaelic Medium Education teachers who aspire to be principal teachers, depute head teachers and head teachers of nursery, primary and secondary GME provision. On this programme, you will gain an insight into what it takes to be an effective leader. The leadership award will support teachers to:
- Reflect on your role and identify your key strengths and areas for growth.
- Gain clarity on setting direction and developing confidence in communicating change.
- Gain confidence in your abilities as a leader.
- Develop your skills and knowledge to prepare you for being in a leadership role in GME provision, for example, leading the curriculum, self-evaluation, support those with additional support needs, professional development and review.
- Learn to use participatory techniques and other skills to improve your ability to engage in partnership working.
- Gain a nationally recognised qualification from the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM).
The programme will be delivered in two sessions, 16 & 17 September and 4 & 5 December 2014 at Columba 1400 on the Isle of Skye.
For more information and to apply, please contact Kate McArdle on 01463 238 088 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Download the CLPL leaflet here.