Career Long Professional Development

Career Long Professional Development (CLPD) is the ongoing learning and development of teachers throughout their careers. All teachers in Scotland have a contractual commitment to undertake 35 hours of CPD per year.

There are a a wide range of experiences that can contribute to professional development, including reading, attending conferences and courses that are on offer.

CLPD Opportunities should:

  • Address development needs
  • Maximise strengths
  • Enable you to meet the challenges of teaching in the 21st Century.

The following pages include information on in-service and CLPD provision offered by SNAP.

Dr Margaret Sutherland and Dr Niamh Stack have extensive experience of working with schools to develop practice that raises attainment for all.  Having worked with staff from Shetland to the Borders as well as internationally in Korea, Germany, The Netherlands, Luxembourg and Ireland they are in a key position to help you and your school become a school of ambition.

In-service and CLPD opportunities

SNAP is involved in a range of CLPD activities across the UK. We work with nurseries, schools, Education Authorities and organisations to ensure that teachers receive access to high quality CLPD courses and events. We offer a range of in-service opportunities. We also offer courses in conjunction with outside agencies and our Associate Tutors. 
Information on our courses and CLPD opportunities can be found below.
Schools and education authorities
SNAP works with schools and local education authorities to be able to offer a range of bespoke in-service days, twilight sessions or weekends for schools, cluster groups and local authority staff.

We run courses for:

    •    Teachers
    •    Head Teachers
    •    Parents
    •    Pupils
    •    Local Authority Staff
    •    Probationer Teachers
    •    Classroom Assistants

We offer a range of in-service courses and are happy to tailor a course to suit your situation if you don't see one that meets your needs. All of our courses blend theory and practice, combining latest thinking in the field with tried and tested approaches for working with able pupils.

    •    An introduction to Working with Able Pupils (Nursery, Primary and Secondary)
    •    Understanding Intelligence
    •    Working with Able Pupils in the Early Years
    •    Able Pupils in the Nursery
    •    Shaping the Curriculum for Able Pupils

Members receive a discount when registering for any of our SNAP events.


Certificate/Diploma/Masters in Inclusive Education: research, policy and practice: Highly Able Learners  

Do you believe that schools are there to help children make the most of what they were born with or do you believe that schools can make children more intelligent?

This course examines personal beliefs about the nature of intelligence and the impact these can have on professional practice and ultimately on children's progress. It seeks to help teachers examine the debate that surrounds the concept of intelligence and the nature of genius.

The More Able Child course can be undertaken as "stand-alone" course, or it can form part of your work towards the Postgraduate Diploma in Support for Learning.

The More Able Child is available through distance education or as a daytime taught course. We would also be happy to negotiate delivery mode with individual local authorities.

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