Sub-committee on Teachers’ Professional Development (SCTPD)

Terms of Reference

The Sub-committee on Teachers’ Professional Development (SCTPD) is set up under COTAP to advise on policies and measures relating to the professional development of teachers at different stages, including novice and experienced teachers and relevant school personnel, with a view to promoting teaching excellence and professional growth.

The SCTPD makes recommendations to COTAP on –

(a) the present and forecast professional development needs of teachers and relevant school personnel in the light of changing societal needs and expectations, global educational developments and related research and evaluation findings;
(b) strategies and ways to develop, implement and evaluate an analytical framework for the competencies of frontline teachers at various stages of their professional development, with a view to providing an effective guide for teachers’ self-reflection and professional growth, as well as for schools’ planning for teachers’ continuing professional development (CPD);
(c) ways to promote and review teacher induction to enhance and sustain support for novice teachers;
(d) ways to facilitate teachers’ CPD and nurture the reflective practice of teachers and relevant school personnel;
(e) the progress of teachers’ CPD with a view to promoting teaching excellence and the professional growth of teachers;
(f) strategies for:
  (i) enhancing teachers’ professional ethics and status; and
  (ii) attracting talent into the profession, retaining teachers of high calibre and maintaining a healthy turnover;
(g) the planning, design, organisation and evaluation of CPD programmes for teachers and relevant school personnel to enhance their professional competence along the expert track;
(h) the need for conducting educational research and evaluation studies with a view to consolidating experiences as well as disseminating good practices of teachers’ CPD; and
(i) other matters relevant to teachers’ CPD which COTAP may refer to.

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