PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT POLICY






Socratic Solutions Australasia is committed to supporting high quality, relevant professional development in Australasian schools that addresses the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. Professional development refers “to the processes, activities and experiences that provide opportunities to extend teacher professional learning.’ Socratic Solutions Australasia acknowledges that professional development is necessary to remain well informed of new developments in schools including changes in curriculum, pedagogy, technology and librarianship that arise from the context in which teacher work and students learn. Principles of Professional Development Professional development provided by Socratic Solutions Australasia can take a wide variety of formats such as conferences, workshops, forums, online resources, Philosothons, Ethics Olympiads and are guided by the following principles:

  1. Continuous improvement: Socratic Solutions Australasia is committed to a policy of continual improvement both in the practice and in the quality of professional development. This involves continued evaluation, analysis of feedback data and improvements in response to the feedback.
  2. Australian Professional Standards for Teachers: All professional development offered addresses the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.
  3. Relevance: Professional development needs to be relevant to the context of teachers. This is a broad field acknowledging existing knowledge, skills and understandings and aligned with curriculum requirements of the Education Act 1990.
  4. Flexibility, diversity and innovation: Professional development is innovative and up to date with major policy documents at both State and Federal levels.
  5. Evidence and expertise: Professional development is built upon reliable research, evidence-based practice and expertise, and contributes to the development of research about what is effective professional development for teachers. Delivery of Professional Development -To ensure delivery of high quality professional development the following procedures are followed:

A. Responsibility: The responsibility for delivering and monitoring professional development is undertaken by Socratic Solutions Australasia, with responsibility assigned to the Project Officer.

B. Roles: Socratic Solutions Australasia plans professional development for teachers. This includes surveying needs, auditing and assessing opinions and gauging interest. It includes discussing innovations and new directions of curriculum and pedagogy.

C. Selection of Presenters: Professional development presenters are selected based on the following criteria: • recognizable qualifications and respect in their professional field • understanding of the Australian Professional Standards of Teaching and their ability to demonstrate how their proposed professional development course will meet these Standards • ability to demonstrate appropriate adult learning principles • completion of the required professional learning and current teacher registration.

D. Course Content: Professional development course selection is based on content that demonstrates reliable research and evidence-based practice. It is relevant, innovative and meets current ACARA legislation. Socratic Solutions Australasia also takes seriously Privacy, Workplace Health and Safety and Anti-Discrimination in the selection of professional development content.

E. Quality Assurance: The high professional standard of assured is assured through the following principles: • Completed application form for Presentation Proposal by the presenter.• Follow-up email communication to ensure that the presenter has full understanding of the Australian Professional Standards of Teaching and how their course will fulfil the Standards. • Evaluation of each course by participants as the course is completed.

F. Collection of Data: Members and non-members are eligible to participate in professional courses with the procedure as follows • Presenters selected • Course venue and details planned by Socratic Solutions Australasia. • Course is advertised • Administrator uploads course information online with the guidelines • Course is held • Administrator collects attendance data at the beginning with name, teacher number and school details. • issues and collects completed evaluation data as well as issuing appropriate attendance Certificates • Administrative officer uploads course participation information online in line with the guidelines.
G. Advertising: The responsibility for advertising lies with the Socratic Solutions Australasia, and the Administration Officer. Advertising of professional learning is carried out in a wide range of avenues, including
• online lists,

• social media,

• newsletters

• websites.

H. Maintenance of Endorsement of registered professional development: The Administration Officer will be responsible for maintaining the endorsement of professional development by:

• uploading course information.

• maintaining compliance with the endorsement criteria throughout the five-year period of endorsement

I. Monitoring and Complaints: Socratic Solutions Australasia is responsible for monitoring and evaluating the implementation and effectiveness of this Statement, including the incorporation of any changes to legislation and standards on an annual basis. This Statement will be reviewed annually.


If you wish to make a complaint about Socratic Solutions Australasia professional learning activities you may do so by providing your written complaint by email, letter, or by personal delivery.

Socratic Solutions Australasia

Email: admin@socraticsolutionsaustralasia.com

Phone 0400029660

PO Box 116 Dernancourt Adelaide 5075

Ph 0400029660

ABN 53 345 326 9683/4/2018