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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.

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.

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.

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 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 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: