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NTC outlines the procedures on how in-service teachers will build their CPD points & portfolios

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The National Teaching Council (NTC) has disclosed the measures and steps to enable in-service licensed teachers to build their Continuous Professional Development (CPD) points. This points according to the NTC nad other major stakeholders of education will solely be a requirement during promotion in the Ghana Education Service (GES).
Check them below:

ATTEND CPD PROGRAMMES

Primary and JHS Teachers are expected to attend both supply (minimum of 27 ) and demand driven CPD activities.
In addition, teachers should also embark on self-initiative activities such as writing of a book chapter, conducting action research,
attending conference marking etc. The details
are in the CPD framework on the NTC website (tpg.ntc.gov.gh).

BUILD PORTFOLIOS

Teachers are to show evidence of how they
demonstrate professionalism in their practice. This evidence can be in hard copies such as pictures and write-ups or electronic versions such as videos or attached files.
In addition, the Teacher Training Log book can also serve as evidence. Details of portfolio content is found on pages 34-35 of NTS and in the portfolio guidelines uploaded on NTC website

RENEW LICENSE

All in-service teachers shall be issued with a professional license without sitting for an examination. This license will be renewed every three years on condition that the teacher has:

  1. lived within the confines of the code of ethics and professional standards.
  2. met the required CPD points at the current rank within the 3year TCPD cycle
  3. passed the portfolio assessment
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BUILDING THE PORTFOLIO

A documented evidence of teaching responsibilities, philosophy, goals and accomplishments of a teacher.
• A personal record drawn up and compiled by the teacher based on defined institutional guidelines.
• A structured means of reflection on one’s work, a process of self-evaluation and goal setting.
• An approach to teaching enhancement whereby a teacher can gauge successes, opportunities for improvement, and means for his/her fulfilment.
• In short, creating a portfolio involves reflection, collection, selection, and connection.

Why teaching portfolio?
Teachers, students and administrators benefit from portfolio building because it:
• Keeps a record of a teacher’s accomplishments.
• Focuses attention on teaching and recognizes its importance.
• Stimulates discussion about teaching and pedagogy.
• Encourages the “scholarship of teaching” as teachers begin to engage in classroom research.
• Encourages teachers to develop and present better
evidence of the quality of teaching.
• Provides a better assessment tool for those who hire,
promote and evaluate teachers.
• Gives the teacher some control over the process as a
compiler and an editor.

How is teaching portfolio developed?

Collaborate with your lead mentor or head of institution to:
• Clarify your teaching responsibilities.
• Reflect on your teaching goals, philosophy and style. Consider using the three domains
in the NTS
• Organize the content to support your purpose and the evaluators’ guidelines or needs.
• Write your statement of philosophy.
• Gather your evidence.
• Select and add your best evidence, connecting it to your statement of philosophy. You want to provide enough evidence to support your claim of excellent work done.
• Show your draft of the content to a colleague or instructional developer to solicit for ways of improvement.
• Submit your portfolio to your assigned assessor and upload the same on the teachers’
portal for assessment/ validation.

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Samples of Portfolio Elements

Teaching Philosophy
• Scheme of Learning
• Learning Plan (Lesson Plan)
• Report from Head of institution confirming that the teacher has taught for not
less than 10 hours in a term (90 hours) for TCPD cycle
• Reflective log/journal
• Teacher Training Logbook
• Action research conducted
• Write up on assessment methods used with justification
• Copies of learners activities
• Photos / videos on lessons
.Reports on co-curricular activities

Summary of Teacher Licensing Process for In-
Service Teachers

1.Be licensed
2.Build CPD points and Portfolio
3.Renewal fee

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