The steps below outline the process for applying for and getting locally-focused PLD, using the online PLD system.
1. Identify your PLD needs
Locally-focused PLD is about addressing local need. The process begins with identifying the PLD needs of your school, kura, Kāhui Ako and cluster.
2. Look at the PLD priorities
You need to align your PLD needs with one or more of the PLD Priorities.
The new PLD priorities from Term 1 2021 are:
- cultural capability
- local curriculum design
- assessment for learning
- digital fluency
- mātauranga and te reo Māori
- marau ā-kura
All proposals submitted in the system from August 2020 will be against new PLD priorities and will be reviewed by Regional Allocation Panels in October.
3. Create a PLD application
The PLD lead creates an application in the online PLD system, using their Education Sector Logon (ESL). Your delegated authoriser needs to give you permission to access the online PLD system with your ESL.
Refer to Apply for locally-focused PLD for detailed steps on the application process.
4. Regional allocation panel reviews applications
After the application closing date, regional office staff process all the applications. Area allocation panels meet and make allocation recommendations that the Regional Director of Education approves.
5. PLD is approved or not approved
Within 5 weeks of submitting their application, PLD leads receive an email telling them to log into the online PLD system to see the outcome of their application.
Approved applications may receive less or more hours than they requested, depending on the allocation decision.
If an application is not approved, applicants can contact their regional office for feedback.
Reasons why an application is not approved could include:
- a lack of PLD hours available in the region
- existing allocations/commitments
- greater need perceived elsewhere
- previous PLD for the same areas not showing growth
- application not matched to school need or any PLD priorities.
If an application is not approved in one round, you are able to respond to the feedback from the regional office and submit an updated application in the next round.
6. Find a facilitator and allocate hours
If the application is approved, the PLD lead selects facilitators to work with. They can chose more than one, but all facilitators must be listed in the PLD facilitator database.
PLD leads then allocate hours to the facilitator(s) in the online PLD system. This information needs to be entered within six months (or two terms) of the allocation decision date or PLD hours may be withdrawn. All PLD hours must be used within the approved timeframe.
7. Agree to a Statement of Work (SOW)
Once the facilitator is confirmed, PLD leads work with them to refine the focus and desired outcomes of the PLD.
PLD providers and the Ministry of Education agree to and issue a SOW, including a provision for travel if needed.