Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

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The RAD is committed to producing the best teachers in the world. Our CPD scheme will enable us to evidence that our teachers are at the forefront of dance education and training, and that they have the most up-to-date knowledge and skills. CPD also gives teachers the chance to take an active role in their career development and to pursue any personal interests they have.

How does the RAD Scheme work?

Teachers registered with the RAD will need to complete their CPD requirement each year in order to retain their Registered Teacher status. The CPD requirement must be completed within the CPD year, and teachers should be able to evidence that it is relevant to their dance teaching career.

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What is Continuing Professional Development?

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is the process of continually updating and improving your knowledge and skills throughout your professional life. Typically it takes place through some form of training or learning activity, and is standard practice for members of professional organisations.

 

Our CPD Activities

Our portfolio of CPD activities is designed to support dance teachers and dance professionals in developing their skills and expand their knowledge of the dance and dance education sector. These activities are open to all, and take place both in the UK and across the world.

 

The RAD CPD Scheme

The RAD introduced a mandatory CPD scheme in July 2013. Participation in the scheme is mandatory for teachers registered with the RAD, however, our CPD activities are open to all. Teachers will need to take part in a minimum number of CPD activities each year in order to retain their Registered Teacher status. This requirement must be completed in the CPD year, between 1 July and 30 June.

 

Meeting your CPD requirement

Teachers registered with the RAD are required to complete their CPD requirement between 1 July and 30 June every year. This requirement can be met by participating in Time-Valued CPD or Credit-Rated CPD. You can fulfill your obligation by participating in both RAD activities, and external CPD activities.

 

TIME VALUED CPD

What is the Time-Valued CPD requirement?

The minimum Time-Valued CPD requirement is 20 hours each year. Up to 10 hours of your CPD requirement can be completed through Independent CPD.

 

What is Time-Valued CPD?

Time-valued CPD activities are those that are valued by the amount of time it takes to complete them and they will normally take place in a formal learning environment. They include activities both run by the RAD and by other organisations. Some examples of Time-valued CPD activities include:

  • Face to face practical workshops and training sessions
  • Online or distance learning units, courses/workshops and modules

If you are enrolled on a recognised higher or further education programme of study this will meet your CPD requirement.

 

Do I need to do both Time-valued and Independent CPD?

The CPD Scheme requires that all RAD teaching members complete 20 hours of CPD. In order to reach the 20 hours a teacher can complete:

  • A minimum of 10 hours of Time-valued CPD and
  • A maximum of 10 hours of Independent CPD

The RAD scheme is flexible so that you can choose CPD that works best for them. This means in any one CPD year one teacher may complete 20 hours of Time-valued CPD; another may do 16 hours of Time-valued CPD and 4 hours of Independent; and another may do 10 hours of each. All of these options and other variations are acceptable.

 

INDEPENDENT CPD

What is Independent CPD?
Independent CPD activities are those which are completed in a less formal setting than a workshop or a course. There is no definitive guide or list of accepted Independent CPD activities simply because Independent CPD can and should include a diverse range of activities. To attempt to produce such a list would be very limiting when our underlining ethos is one of recognising the ‘day to day’ learning and development activities that teachers already do. The CPD department can provide guidance on the type of activities that can count as your Independent CPD.

This could include:

  • Private study to learn new skills

  • Online research

  • Reading dance related publications

  • Contributing to the local dance community through committees or charity work

  • Mentoring students

  • Watching a performance(s)

  • Planning and/or producing a show

  • Class planning

For further advice, please contact a member of the CPD team via cpd@rad.org.uk

 

Do I need to do both Time-valued and Independent CPD?

The CPD Scheme requires that all RAD teaching members complete 20 hours of CPD. In order to reach the 20 hours a teacher can complete:

  • A minimum of 10 hours of Time-valued CPD and
  • A maximum of 10 hours of Independent CPD

The RAD scheme is flexible so that you can choose CPD that works best for them. This means in any one CPD year one teacher may complete 20 hours of Time-valued CPD; another may do 16 hours of Time-valued CPD and 4 hours of Independent; and another may do 10 hours of each. All of these options and other variations are acceptable.

 

Internal and External CPD

What is Internal and External CPD?

Activities run by the RAD CPD department are called Internal CPD. If you do not wish to attend these, you can complete your requirement by participating in External CPD activities. These are CPD activities that are organised by another organisation.

 

What counts as External CPD?

It is up to the teacher to decide whether an activity meets our External CPD criteria. These criteria are as follows:

The activity must have:

  • clearly stated aims and objectives

  • demonstrable learning outcomes

  • be relevant to your dance teaching career

  • be able to be evidenced

 

NEW & REINSTATING TEACHERS

New teaching members and re-instating teaching members (after one year or more cancelled membership), are only required to complete their CPD on a pro rata basis. If you have joined or re-joined the RAD after July each year, you can download the spreadsheet below as a guide:

 

Declaration and exemptions

At the end of the year, you will be required to return a CPD Declaration Form as part of the RAD membership renewal process. You may also apply for an exemption if you meet the criteria.

 

CPD declaration

The deadline for submitting your declaration form is 30 June each year. The form will ask you to confirm that you have completed your CPD requirement. You will not be required to submit any evidence of your participation in activities at this stage, unless you apply for an exemption. However, you may be selected at random to take part in our annual CPD audit.  

 

Exemptions

The CPD year runs from 1 July to 30 June each year. If you do not think you'll be able to meet your requirement for the 2017/18 CPD year, complete and return the Online CPD declaration and exemption form and upload your evidence. The deadline for submitting an exemption application is 30 June each year.  

 

Regulations and sanctions

Our CPD Regulations document provides you with an overview of the policies that govern the scheme.

RAD Registered Teachers and Mutually Recognised Teachers must take part in the RAD CPD Scheme in order to in order to retain their status; as per the Code of Professional Practice for Teachers registered with the RAD. This to ensure that they maintain up-to-date knowledge, understanding and skills to respond to developments in the dance profession.

Teachers who have not met their minimum CPD requirement by 30 June each year may now become subject to formal sanctions. These have been created to follow a staged process, as outlined below:

  1. Written warning(s)

  2. Suspension of teacher registration for a set period (3 – 12 months)

  3. Removal of RAD teacher registration for a period of 3 years

  4. Expulsion from membership and permanent removal from the RAD’s teaching register.

The scheme is not in place to penalise you; if you are concerned about meeting your CPD requirement this year, we advise that you get in touch with us before 30 June so we can support you. Contact your national office for more information or download the Guide to Sanctions.

 

Audit

From July each year we will carry out a CPD audit, where five percent of teachers will be selected at random and asked to submit evidence in support of their CPD declaration form.

If you are selected you must provide evidence that you have met the minimum requirement of 20 hours of CPD. 

You will only need to submit evidence if you are selected to participate in the audit. It is important that you keep evidence throughout the CPD year. Examples include but are not restricted to:

  • copies of certificates

  • letters of attendance

All evidence must show:

  1. Your name

  2. The date (or range of dates) of the activities

  3. Title of the activities

  4. Confirmation of your participation in the activities

The evidence provided should be able to verify your attendance/participation in the specified activity.

We recommend that you keep supporting evidence for a minimum of 18 months.

 

CPD Audit Information

If you have been selected to participate in the CPD audit , you must complete a CPD audit form and return it with supporting documentation.

  •  CPD audit form can be obtained from your National Office.

We will not be able to complete the audit of your activity without this form.

 

What happens when we receive your form?

  • We will send you an email confirming receipt of your audit data. 

  • We will review the information you have sent us. 

  • If we need any further clarification or information regarding your evidence we will contact you either via email or telephone.

  • Once we have reviewed the information you have sent us we will contact you to confirm whether you have successfully completed your CPD requirement for the  CPD year.

  • If after further consultation with you, you have been unable to demonstrate that you have met the minimum CPD requirement we will send confirmation that you have not completed your CPD requirement for the CPD year and explain what will happen next.  

 

Questions

If you have questions about the CPD audit please contact your national office. If you do not have a national office listed for your country, contact the RAD headquarters in London. Visit the Contact us page for all contact info.