PORTFOLIO ASSESSMENT AND INSET FOR 2021-2022 ACADEMIC YEAR
The National Teaching Council (NTC) is expecting all teachers to complete their portfolio by the close of day Thursday 1st December, 2022 before it is submitted for annual review for the 21/2022 academic year.
Pre-tertiary teachers, both in classroom and administration are to log on to their teacher portals(NTC PORTAL) to upload evidence of the following:
1. Teaching Philosophy
2. Scheme of learning
– Alignment of core competencies
– Alignment of indicators to the curricular indicators
3. Learning Plans (15 lessons per term)
4. Evidence of work
– summarized weekly monitoring tool for 3 years
– sample learners exercises you have marked and graded
5. Reflective Practices
6. Problem identification strategies and intervention Process (Action research)
7. Evidence of professional development
– Write up on collaborations
– Records of training attended
– Use of technology
– Recommendations for training
– A report on core competences
8. Participating in co-curricula Activities
9. Evidence of participation in school based activities.
– Minutes of Formal Meeting attended
– Evidence of in-service Training workshops CPD
– Report on core competencies from the mentor
– Mentor Comments
– Head Teachers recommendations.
Teachers are to log into their Teachers Portal (NTC Portal) to complete their Portfolio Building for as it is mandatory under the Education Regulatory Act, 2020.
The NTC portal will be active from 30th November, 2022 to 5th January, 2023 for processing of INSET points.
Please, take advantage of this and also build your portfolio for free CPD points.
1. All basic head facilitators who intend to organize a School-Based INSET/PLC must inform the Municipal Education Directorate through the SISO with details of the schedule.
2. Subject/Departmental Based INSET must be supervised and endorsed by the Headmaster for onward submission and processing.
Requirements for CPD points processing
2. Subject/Topic for the IN-SET
3. Recordings in the Teacher log book
4. Minutes of INSET/PLC
This is what the Teacher’s Continuous Professional Development Framework Says
Submission of PD Information
1. Participating teachers shall endeavour to crosscheck their PD records/training logbooks/portfolio
records with NTC as means of validation of the data submitted by organizers of PD to NTC.
2. PD Service Providers shall log the training type (training code) in the Teachers ‘Training Logbook and subsequently use the on-line portal system to complete digital log after each PD programme organised.
3. Entries of PDs such as SBI, CBI or any other forms organised within GES structures (Regional, District, Cluster, School or Department) shall be made by the organising authority (Regional
Director’s Rep, District Director’s Rep, CS and Head of institutions).
Moreover, the immediate supervisor of the teacher shall log any self-initiative made by the teacher to promote teaching and learning in the Logbook. Teachers Logbook shall be submitted to the respective District or
Regional Directors who would be given unique access to enter the accrued points upon verification.
The digital log shall be open to Directors one (1) month before vacation and shall be
closed three weeks after vacation. This means, directors have seven (7) weeks to make entries of training logs. A front desk officer may be appointed by a director to support the entry.
CONTINUOUS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (TCPD) DEFINED.
Continuous Professional Development (TCPD) refers to the process by which teachers maintain and
enhance their knowledge, skills and experiences gained as they work, beyond any initial training.
Furthermore, it is a record of what teachers experience, learn and apply. Consequently, TCPD activities involve the development of those qualities that are required by teachers for carrying out their professional and technical duties during their teaching career.
TCPD is an integral component of teacher development. This includes training and education programmes organized within or outside the school environment which NTC approves as being relevant to the teaching profession and meeting prescribed standards.
RATIONALE FOR INTRODUCING TCPD ACTIVITIES
The rationale for introducing TCPD activities is to provide guidance for teachers to continue to improve their competencies to maintain the integrity of the teaching profession and also improve their professional status. It is envisaged that going through the listed accredited TCPD activities would help maintain and enhance the knowledge, skills, attitudes and experiences gained after the initial training.
It is essential for teachers as professionals to preserve their professional integrity by updating their knowledge and skills to keep them abreast of contemporary issues and approaches in education.
OBJECTIVES OF TCPD
TCPD for teachers is intended to:
i. Provide a forum for harnessing ideas and experiences to improve professional competence and commitment.
ii. Offer intellectual, emotional and social engagements for the teachers to enrich their experiences.
To teach for better understanding, teachers must be intellectually engaged in their discipline and work regularly with others in their field.
iii. Maintain high competence that is results from life-long learning.
iv. Demonstrate the social responsiveness by encouraging members of the teaching profession to collaborate as community of experts (Professional Learning Community – PLC), be current, skillful and knowledgeable in their practice.
v.Keep teachers in good standing and be abreast of time.
vi. Maintain professional excellence.
vii. Make available prospect to supplement the initial training of teachers and improve their knowledge, skills, attitude and practices to meet students learning needs.
viii. Assist teachers adapt, contribute and participate actively in addressing challenges and implementing recommendations.
ix. Augment teachers’ commitment to their chosen profession.
IMPLEMENTATION OF THE TCPD POLICY
The Pre-tertiary Teacher Professional Development and Management (PTPDM) policy outlines the importance of Continuous Professional Development for teachers.
The policy emphasizes competencybased approach which requires regular In-Service Education and Training (INSET) to develop teachers’ capacities. According to the policy, teachers will be assessed based on defined competencies and evidence of professional proficiency. It is therefore the responsibility of individual teachers in Ghana to select, undertake and document relevant TCPD activities they partake in for the purposes of growing through the profession to maintain their professional status.
Any TCPD activity undertaken that is not listed as indicated, should be referred to the Governing Board of the National Teaching Council for approval
Teacher training logbooks have been developed to document teachers’ training records and related TCPD credit points.
Where the means of documenting the activities are not immediately available or there is no designated person to verify the activities, it is the responsibility of the teacher to save evidence (E.g. registration, certificate and attendance records) of the activities for submission at the appropriate time and place as may be directed by NTC.
In addition to the TCPD programmes attended, teachers are required to upload their portfolio records onto the TCPD portal for onward assessment by Portfolio Assessors.
Each Portfolio Assessor has a unique pin to access teachers’ portfolio content for evaluation. The detailed criteria for portfolio assessment is documented in the teachers’ portfolio document.
The Assessors can assess the records online and make entries without knowing the identity of their clients. However, their comments can be seen by their clients.
Any form of correspondence between the assessorand the teacher via portal can be monitored by the administrators of the portal.
The scores given by the assessors will be added to the TCPD scores accrued in the point based system to determine whether the license of the teacher can be renewed or issued as in the case of Newly Qualified Teachers
VALIDATION OF RECOMMENDED POINTS
Upon meeting the portfolio standards and TCPD points determined by NTC, the administrator validates and submits a summary of the teacher’s record to Licensing portal as a recommendation for renewal of license or issuance of license (In the case of teachers on induction).
The same summary of records can also be seen by the respective teacher upon clicking on preview page in the teachers’ dashboard.
The officer in charge of licensing can preview all the documents submitted on behalf of the teacher as a confirmation of the teachers’ professional status to issue the license or otherwise with a reason.
Components of TCPD
The detailed contents and credit points of the respective programmes are determined by NTC based on the needs of the teaching profession over a given period of time. Basically, the TCPD programme covers annual conferences of registered teachers, workshops, seminars, and training on curricular knowledge, SBI, CBI and DBI as well as other training programmes approved by the NTC. Teachers must access these programmes at institutions certified by NTC.
Cycle of TCPD and Allotment of Credit Points
TCPD programmes run for a cycle of two (2) years. This implies that every registered teacher has two(2) years to earn the minimum credit points stipulated for his/her level/rank. This rule applies toteachers at all levels of the Education system, both public and private sectors including holders of administrative positions.
A teacher must be physically present and receive a certificate of attendance at the end of any programme to earn credit points allotted to that category of TCPD.