MEA and Continued Professional Development
Summary of this paper
- For discussion at Exec: What might MEA want to do in terms of being a CPD advisor/provider?
- In spite of real constraints with budgets and changes to the education agenda there is still a need for CPD for media teachers 
- As the main subject association MEA could aim to be an expert in how CPD works for media teachers by ensuring awareness of education policy and taking a role in various groups (CfSA) that ensure information is up to date and relevant.
- Rather than being a supplier of CPD, MEA should recommend CPD where this is available already with its partner organisations. However, it could have an advisory role in CPD and in accreditation issues, as well as continuing to develop some direct provision for new teachers in the New Voices annual event.
- To achieve this MEA needs to engage in producing an outline to the area, this should be a new tab on the website for CPD which details a staged model for CPD and provides links to partner organisations training, research and support
The government White Paper (2010) gave notice of the coalition government’s intention to shift the training of teachers from HEIs to schools and this gave rise to a number of changes in training and development opportunities for teachers.
Non-priority subjects in ITT have been issued with cuts and the withdrawal of bursaries has furthered the difficulties for any would-be media teachers to follow a route through Initial Teacher Training. It is noted that a few places still exist at seven institutions and partnerships for 2012 entry (three of which combine Media with English as the lead subject). Bursaries for English are confined to £5k for those with a 2:1 (nb. Tuition fees for 2012 are in the region of £9k). There are no bursaries for candidates holding less than a 2:1. (more…)