The GA is excited to announce the launch of the GA Professional Passport and Awards which recognise teachers who reflect deeply and critically on their professional development. The GA Professional Passport provides teachers with an online portfolio (via PebblePad) to store and curate evidence of their professional development. However, it also provides a framework to support the identification of, and reflection on, the impact of these CPD experiences on teaching and learning, helping to move CPD from being a one-off event to a sustained and genuinely developmental experience. Having engaged with the GA Professional Passport, some teachers may want to submit aspects of their portfolios to gain formal accreditation. There are two levels of award: the GA Professional Award and the GA Enhanced Professional Award.
CPD, Curriculum and Marketing Manager Rebecca Kitchen said:
“This is a very exciting initiative which is available to all GA members. The GA Professional Passport is completely personal, following the teacher rather than the school or department and so is suitable for all teachers of geography, regardless of career stage or context. Teachers who engaged with the pilot really enjoyed taking the time to reflect on the CPD experiences that they had engaged with and felt professionally challenged by the process.”