CPL inspires confidence in new syllabuses

Participant feedback has described the first CPL courses and conferences as professional, practical and engaging.

Richard Cann

Deb McPherson and Jane Sherlock (right) explored the new English syllabus at the first CPL conference, Re-Connecting with the Excitement of English, on April 5

The Centre for Professional Learning is set to play an important role in developing the capabilities of the teaching profession after a flood of positive feedback from its first participants.

They reported the knowledge and practical tools they had gained would help with such things as the implementation of new syllabuses for the Australian Curriculum. Many indicated that the K–6 courses for English and Maths, first held on March 25 and 26 respectively, had cleared up much of the confusion and apprehension that they had been feeling about the content and implementation of the new syllabuses.

One participant of the English course said: “It was valuable to look at the rationale (behind the new syllabuses) and gain a better understanding of why and how the objectives and content support it.”

Participants particularly appreciated the highlighting of exactly where and how the new syllabus has been changed from the old version, with one member saying the changeover would not be so daunting if more teachers were able to attend the CPL course.

The K–6 English course was “engaging and practical” according to another participant, who came to the conclusion that the new English syllabus is “exciting and relevant for the 21st Century”.

The CPL program is set to see Federation members take understanding, practical ideas and resources back to their schools and staff rooms. One participant of the Maths course “found the hands on activities looking at syllabus content valuable” and was “motivated by the variety of resources shared”.

“It was the most valuable (course) I have been involved in for 20 years,” another participant wrote. “Thank you so very much for the great opportunity to be the beacon of light for my school.”

Visit www.cpl.asn.au for more information and to apply for CPL courses and conferences.