Using the Professional Learning Passport (Wales)
The Professional Learning Passport (PLP) is available to all Education Workforce Council (EWC) registrants.
The NASUWT has recognised the potential benefit provided by the PLP as, unlike school-based systems, it provides a secure site for registrants to record their professional learning activity.
Under the Performance Management (PM) process, teachers/appraisees are required to have this information, known as a Practice, Review and Development (PRD) record, available for the review meeting at the end of the PM cycle.
The PLP will allow registrants (teachers/appraisees) to store the information securely as the registrant, and only the registrant, controls access to the PLP.
It is for this reason that the NASUWT encourages the use of the PLP.
However, where members use the system they should:
- use the NASUWT PRD template to record their professional learning;
- minimise the information recorded to ensure the PLP does not become workload intensive;
- exercise extreme cautious about permitting others to access their PLP;
- resist any attempts by school leaders, consortia challenge advisers, local authority school improvement officers, School Improvement Boards, School Challenge Cymru and, possibly indirectly, Estyn to place requirements on teachers on the information to be recorded on the PLP;
- resist and report immediately any pressure put on them by school leaders, consortia challenge advisers, local authority school improvement officers, School Improvement Boards, School Challenge Cymru and, possibly indirectly, Estyn to provide permission for others to access their PLP;
- resist and report immediately any requirement to continue to use school-based systems to record professional learning where teachers have decided to use the PLP;
Unlike the generality of teachers, newly qualified teachers (NQTs) will be required to use the PLP throughout their induction and will be required to permit their internal and external mentor access to their PLP.
The NASUWT is currently investigating if there is any legal basis to support these requirements and whether the access by mentors can be limited and will be recorded and will issue further advice in due course.
In the meantime, NQT members should report any excessive demands placed on them in terms of the use of the PLP and where mentors and possibly others appear to have open access to their PLP.