Professional Development Review
The Professional Development Review is one of the principal benefits of full membership of NAPTA and is an essential part of the Workforce Development Programme. It offers teaching and learning support staff a quick, easy and valuable insight into their own capabilities, as well as indicating appropriate routes for professional advancement.
The Professional Development Review consists of a simple online questionnaire which teaching and learning support staff complete. The information from the questionnaire is then automatically generated into a detailed report. This sets out the perceived capabilities of the member of staff, compared with four key standards:
- the National Occupational Standards for Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
- the National Vocational Qualification/Scottish Vocational Qualification (NVQ/SVQ) for Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
- the Professional Standards for Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) Status
- the underlying skills required to undertake the National Workload Agreement’s 22 tasks.
The information is summarised on a record of perceived professional competences. This is of real value as part of a personal profile when applying for a new job or when seeking promotion.
The Professional Development Review can also help the member’s school or other education setting. By looking at data from all their teaching and learning support staff, an institution is much better placed to utilise and develop their staff, thus enhancing learning, raising standards and increasing professional satisfaction.
In addition, groups of schools or whole authorities can benefit from the Professional Development Review. Using the staff members’ data from each school, they can plan development programmes, additional support or aspects of workforce remodelling.