This can sometimes be challenging for Casual Relief Teacher's who do not undertake work at a regular school, or gain longer term contracts, which allows ready access to school based professional development. However do not despair if you are having trouble accessing accredited professional development. There are many ways of accessing professional development and accrueing those 20 hours. Try and keep much of your professional development relevant to your personal interests and areas of training as well as keeping abrest with the National Curriculum Standards.
- If you do work regularly in one or two schools ask to be included in their school based PD. Committing a voluntary day or two a year, will at least save money in relation to the high cost of PD with subject associations and other bodies. Furthermore, you will not be called in to work on a school PD day!
- Enrol in the AEU's CRT PD days, or participate in their CRT network, even if online. Australian Education Union
- Seek out your local CRT Network. These offer some locally based very cheap and useful PD should you be in a region where one operates. The VIT site used to display regions where these operated, but a current search has prooved fruitless. A simple google search proved more fruitful, so try it for your area. The Ballarat CRT Network.
- Make use of local Arts exhibitions and events. Visit local gallery exhibitions, attend local writer's workshops, undertake a photo editing course at a local community centre.
- Join a local theatre group, choir, or take up a musical instrument.
- Undertake a Permaculture Design Certificate, if you enjoy gardening, to enable you to teach in the Edible Gardens programs.
- Undertake a foreign language refresher course, or learn a new language.
- Make use of relevant travel experiences such as museum, archeological sites or specific eco systems.
- Increase your fitness levels and take up a new sport, such as tennis, netball or hockey. Offer to coach a local sports team.
- Build your skills in technology by developing and maintaining a regular blog.
- Devise and submit digital record keeping formats and submit them to app companies.
- Write a text book or E learning resources for use by your peers in their classrooms. Market it to eductional resource companies, or make it available online.
- Undertake a Saint John's Ambulance First Aid Training Certificate, or get your Bronze Swimming Rescue Certificate.
- Undertake a further degree, or upgrade your existing one by completing post graduate study.
- Make sure you regularlyupdate your PD tracker and analysis on VIT's MY PD and match the professional standards you undertake to VIT's list of Professional Standards.
Handy Hints or how to be ready if VIT decides to audit your professional development!
- Keep a scrapbook to paste in relevant entry tickets, articles and photographs, or alternatively upload photos that are proof of you undertaking your PD on the VIT My PD tracker.
- Collect a PD Certificate or number from your PD provider on completion of any formal PD you undertake.
- Maintain a diary and make notations of gallery, museum and theatre visits as well as other forms of relevant professional development.