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 at the school level.

The CPL will also 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 2017 include Surry Hills, Blacktown, Newcastle in the Hunter, Parkes in the Central West of NSW, Kiama, Coffs Harbour, Queanbeyan, Wagga Wagga in the Riverina, Tamworth and other locations. The CPL will continue to extend the geographical reach and forms of its presentations.

The scope of the 2017 courses will continue to concentrate on the continuing rollout of the new NSW syllabuses which are aligned with the Australian Curriculum and the new Stage 6 syllabuses in History, Science, English and Mathematics. Additionally, however, the CPL Program will contain course offerings which 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 2016 courses will be offered once again including the major English Stage 6 Conference and a Multicultural and Social Inclusion Conference which are both scheduled for Term 3 2016. The CPL will hold an inaugural conference for primary teachers focussing on the teaching students in Early Stage 1, especially kindergarten.

The CPL will continue to strengthen and expand partnerships with major NSW universities in 2017. 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.

Federation Representatives and all schools receive detailed information about the 2017 courses and CPL events. Members are able to apply for courses and conferences and make any enquiries through the Centre’s website, www.cpl.asn.au. In 2017, the fee of $180 for 1 day courses and $200 for conferences and will apply except those courses dedicated to early career teachers which will continue to have the fee waived. In the usual fashion, 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. Courses are registered and accredited by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA), formerly the Board of Studies Teaching and Educational Standards NSW), and all time at courses counts fully for maintenance of accreditation at Proficient Teacher.

The Journal of Professional Learning (JPL) is an online professional journal that seeks to enhance the quality of teaching and of public education in NSW and Australia. It has been established as an adjunct to the work of the Centre for Professional Learning. The JPL is sent electronically to members of the NSW Teachers Federation. In 2017 the JPL will publish two editions: one in Term 1 and the second in Term 3.

The Teachers Federation and the professional development arm of the union, the CPL, are appreciative of the continued support of members. The CPL will continue to consolidate and expand professional support for teachers in 2017.