How do I get the Learning Forward Gold Badge?

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Staff Training (PLP)

Sign up for the Three-Year Certificate Programme: Year 1 - 90 hours; Year 2 - 120 hours; and Year 3 - 150 hours. The hours prescribed are minimum, the educators must divide their time between structured training sessions and self-directed professional learning. We advise that structured hours be reduced as we progress from Level 1 to 3, some schools do 45, 55 and 60 structured hours in the three years respectively. The stay backs at school to do administrative tasks like corrections, preparing lesson plans and exam duty does not qualify as PDP hours. The teachers must voluntarily put in extra time and effort, which is a part of their leisure time.

Scores and Assessment: There is a 25 mark assessment, for Participation; Industry & Innovation. The Participation level is judged by the number of voluntary hours put in by an educator; For Industry we have a performance rubric and for Innovation, there are self-assessments, each educator needs to write a one-page essay to show their personal learning and development. The process is transparent, all assessments conducted within the whole faculty workgroup.

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Timeframe: You will have to participate in the PLP for a minimum period of Three Years. Yes, you have the liberty to take your own time and at your own pace space out your three levels of learning. 

For example, if after the year you find that you have not been able to keep up with your learning and may not have had the 90/ 120/ 150 hours to do the PLP, you can rollover your efforts and take more time to complete the respective year. We recommend you try to do the PLP in groups with your peers and this will help you keep pace and find the time.

Outcome and Certification: The educators are recognised for their effort with a Certificate Of Appreciation at each level. The PDP offers a great challenge and rewards the educators for the extra effort, beyond the call of the duty. The Certificates are awarded at the Graduation Ceremony/Annual Day of the school. Once you complete the three levels, the Gold Badge will be yours!

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