CPTD for Teachers

Continuing Professional Teacher Development (CPTD) is a process developed and implemented by the South African Council for Educators (SACE) and supported by the Departments of Basic and Higher Education that aims to ensure a high level of competence among professional educators and teachers. This processes systematically improve and broaden their knowledge and skills by encouraging participation in educational activities and tasks that develop the necessary abilities to deliver quality professional service.

How CPTD Works

All professional educators and teachers must accumulate a total of 150 Professional Development (PD) Points over a three (3) year period in order to comply with the professional development guidelines as set out by SACE. CPTD points can be collected over 3 different type of activities.

These 3 types are:

  • Teacher Initiated (Type 1)
  • School Initiated (Type 2)
  • Employer and Provider Initiated (Type 3)

It is the responsibility of educators and teachers to initiate or participate in PD activities that address their specific needs as educators. CPTD Points must be earned across all 3 activity types during the 3-year cycle and educators are encouraged to strike a balance between where their CPTD points are earned.

A record must be kept of participation in these activities and submitted to SACE per semester within your 3-year cycle. Professional development portfolios will be used by SACE or employers to monitor professional development when audited.

Type 1: Teacher Initiated

Teacher initiated activities consist of CPTD activities attended, completed or initiated by each teacher individually based on their unique personal and professional development requirements. Individuals are responsible to report on their Type 1 CPTD activities to SACE twice a year (at the end of each semester) or as soon as completed.

Examples of Teacher Initiated activities include but are not limited to:

  • Reading Educational Material from Various Publications and Sources
  • Engaging in Electronic Media Educational Activities for 30 – 60 minutes
  • Participating in Online Professional Development Activity for a period of 61 minutes and more
  • Attending Educational Meetings lasting for a period of 1 hour and more
  • Attending Educational Conferences / Workshop Sessions / Breakfast or Dinner Sessions
  • Mentoring and Coaching
  • Facilitating two sessions or more per annum (workshops, training and others)
  • Secondment for a period of six months in an educational project / programme
  • Responding to a minimum of two (2) developmental needs from the needs identification processes (performance management system, diagnostic assessment, ANA/NSC subject diagnostic reports, WSPs and others) and showing evidence in the PDP of implementing what you have learned
  • Participating in educational / subject book clubs and read a minimum of 4 books over a period of 1 year
  • Participating in one self-funded PD activity responding to the national priorities / key strategic areas as determined by the Minister / CEM / HEDCOM / SACE Council from time to time and showing evidence of implementing what you have learned (over a one-year period)
  • Organising activities of a workshop / seminar / meeting / conference / professional association / PLC / Subject Committee and others
  • Membership to and participation within a Professional Learning Community / Learning Circle outside the school environment for 6 – 12 months
  • Membership to and participation within a Subject Committee / Professional Association/ Network Group for twelve months
  • Researching and Developing

* Please note that this list of activities is not exhaustive and serves as example only. Completion of or participation in activities not listed above should be shared with SACE for CTPD points allocation.

Type 2: School Initiated

School initiated activities consist of CPTD activities driven by schools that address the collective needs of the school and encourage collaboration among educators and collegiality within the school environment. Although the schools report participation to Type 2 activities on behalf of the teachers, educators must keep a record in order to verify the school PD reports.

Examples of School Initiated activities include but are not limited to:

  • School Meetings lasting for 1 hour and more
  • School Workshops / Development and Support Sessions
  • Participating in school-based PD activity responding to the national priorities / key strategic areas as determined by the Minister / CEM / HEDCOM / SACE Council from time to time and showing evidence of implementing what you have learned (over a one-year period).
  • School Seminars / mini conferences
  • School Community Action Research
  • School Projects
  • Achieving two school developmental needs (e.g. through SIP, APIP)
  • School Twinning / Networks
  • Responding to school results (ANA/NSC) diagnostic reports
  • Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) at school level
  • Subject Cluster Meetings

* Please note that this list of activities is not exhaustive and serves as example only. Completion of or participation in activities not listed above should be shared with SACE for CTPD points allocation.

Type 3: Employer and Provider Initiated

This type of CPTD activities are initiated by employers or external providers and should always be SACE accredited in order to receive CPTD points for attendance or completion. Although the employers and providers report participation to Type 3 activities on behalf of the teachers, educators must keep a record in order to verify the school PD reports.

Examples of School Initiated activities include but are not limited to:

  • Meetings, Workshops, Conferences, Seminars
  • Facilitating Workshop/Training Sessions (e.g. Lead Teachers)
  • Self-Diagnostic Assessment
  • Onsite Support in Schools
  • Subject Committees
  • Induction Programmes
  • Short Courses / Skills Development Programmes
  • Full qualifications (where funding is offered)
  • CAPS Training
  • Subject content / knowledge upgrading
  • Assessment
  • Leadership and management
  • Activities responding to the national / provincial / district / sector priorities
  • Activities responding to the ANA / NSC Diagnostic Reports and NEEDU report
  • Activities responding to critical and scarce skills, District Improvement Plan and Provincial Improvement Plan

* Please note that this list of activities is not exhaustive and serves as example only. Completion of or participation in activities not listed above should be shared with SACE for CTPD points allocation.

Non-compliance

SACE made it clear that CPTD will not be used for punitive purposes. For the first two cycles of CPTD, teachers will be eased and guided into the system. There will be no penalties. However, with time, those teachers or heads who deliberately refuse to participate in CPTD will face sanctions in terms of the Code of Professional Ethics.