Our up and coming PLAs (2021-22)
The first PLA of this year will be on the Professional update process. The focus will be for staff who should have signed off in June 2021 but for whom this was delayed due to the pandemic.
Wednesday 15th September, 3:10pm via the Staff Development Google Classroom.
Past PLAs (2020-2021)
Live Stream Lesson CPD session
A PLA will be held on Wednesday 10th March, starting at 3:10pm and finishing at 4:00pm. G McIntosh and C Miller will deliver a session for us, sharing their live-streaming lesson tips and techniques.
GTCS Professional Update and the sign-off process
A PLA will be held on Wednesday 16th September, starting at 3.10pm and finishing at around 4.00pm.
Whilst all staff are welcome to attend, it is likely to be of most use to colleagues who have not been through the PU sign-off process before and were due to undertake this in session 2019-20 or are due to go through it this session, 2020-21.
Past PLAs (2019-2020)
Monday 9th & Thursday 12th March 2020
On Monday and Thursday, a short PLA will be delivered in the Street via the big screen on Using Google Classroom in the Street. Several staff members will demonstrate how they use Google Classroom. The PLA will start at 3.15pm on Monday and if you can’t make that session, it is repeated on Thursday at 4pm.
As always, all staff are welcome and we expect the PLA to last about 40 minutes.
Wednesday 29th January 2020
Tom Morrison from Wesleyan Financial Services will deliver a PLA for us around teachers’ financial wellbeing. The seminar will focus on:
- Scottish Teachers’ Pension Scheme changes
- When you can retire
- Your choices at retirement, including Winding Down and phased retirement
- How and when to apply for your pension scheme benefits
- Choices regarding your lump sum
- How to boost your retirement benefits
- How your retirement income will be taxed
- Income and Inheritance Tax
- We can also talk about mortgages, savings & investments and income protection plans
The PLA will be held in the Conference room and will start, as usual, at 3:10pm.
Wednesday 4th December 2019 – Improving Gender Balance
Hannah Brown from Education Scotland will present her follow-up PLA on Improving Gender Balance. The first PLA looked at identifying our unconscious balance in schools and our classrooms. This session will explore practical changes that can be made to address gender imbalance.
Wednesday 23 October: Launch Event: ‘Empowerment and Teachers as Agents of Change’
Speaker: Ken Muir, Chief Executive, GTCS
As Chief Executive of the GTCS, Ken is responsible for the management of its strategic direction, for the operational efficiency and performance of its functions and for the delivery of responsibilities and duties placed on it by statute or by Council decision. He is also the official correspondent of the Council in its dealings with:
- The Scottish Government and Scottish Parliament
- Employers and teachers
- Teacher Education Institutions
- Other public bodies within and outwith Scotland
- Members of the public
- The media
Empowered System diagram (Education Scotland)
Ken Muir’s presentation slides:
Blank coaching wheel template (GTCS)
References/further reading from Ken’s PLA:
Teacher Agency: An Ecological Approach by Mark Priestley et al (2015) – for an article by Mark Priestley on this, see https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/4573/7ce723a8788ad268928fcbfa57fe4e6b5ffc.pdf
Collaborative Professionalism: When Teaching Together Means Learning for All by Andy Hargreaves & Michael T O’Connor (2018) – for an article by Hargreaves & O’Connor on this, see http://www.andyhargreaves.com/uploads/5/2/9/2/5292616/seminar_series_274-april2018.pdf
Want to watch instead? To hear Andy Hargreaves talking about Collective Professionalism in a series of small clips, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BZCPnw8rGQ
Andy Hargreaves: The Ten Tenets of Collaborative Professionalism
Refreshing the narrative on Scotland’s curriculum:
Future Shock by Alvin Toffler (1970)
Wednesday 2 October: ‘Autism’
Practical strategies to support Autistic children in class.
Presenters: Jacqueline Angell
Jane Muldoon and Dawn Connor, both Specialist Support Teachers (Early Years)
Wednesday 11 September:
Hannah Brown from Education Scotland will speak to staff on
‘ Improving Gender Balance and Equalities’
Wednesday 8th May, 2019: Courageous Leadership
Isabelle Boyd, former Assistant Chief Executive: Education, Youth and Communities for North Lanarkshire Council, delivered a presentation on encouraging senior leaders and aspiring leaders to demonstrate ‘courageous leadership’.