The NSW Teachers Federation established the Centre for Professional Learning (CPL) to provide high-quality training and support for Federation members in a range of educational areas. The courses aim to provide practical, tested and well-researched approaches to issues that face teachers every day in school.
The CPL will aim to offer programs that are useful across the spectrum of a teacher’s career from the early years of teaching to the experienced and leadership levels.
Courses are conducted in person as well as online. Venues for courses in 2016 include Surry Hills, Blacktown, Newcastle in the Hunter, Parkes in the Central West of NSW, Wagga Wagga in the Riverina, Tamworth, Lismore and other locations. The CPL will continue to extend the geographical reach and forms of its presentations.
The scope of the 2016 courses will continue to concentrate on the continuing rollout of the new NSW syllabuses aligned with the Australian Curriculum. Additionally, the CPL Program will contain course offerings that cover other parts of the curriculum and perspectives including the creative and performing arts, Aboriginal Education, educational leadership, support for students with special needs and support for early career teachers. Many of the popular 2015 courses will be offered once again including the major English Conference, scheduled for Term 3.
The CPL will strengthen and expand partnerships with major NSW universities in 2016. The CPL will also continue the successful partnerships with the Association of NSW Regional Conservatoriums (ANSWRC) and Musica Viva to provide high quality professional learning to support music education in primary schools.
In 2016, the fee of $150 will continue to apply to the majority of courses and conferences except those courses dedicated to early career teachers who will continue to have the fee waived. Schools are asked to meet the relief costs incurred by teachers attending their professional learning courses. All financial members of the NSW Teachers Federation are eligible to apply to attend CPL courses.