Professional Development Grant procedures

Guidelines

The Board of Trustees would like to support employees wishing to undertake additional professional development. Depending on the school’s level of resourcing, the Board of Trustees development grant will be available annually to:

  1. address the specific needs of the school
  2. provide an opportunity for staff to undertake suitable research
  3. make use of the findings in order to raise the quality of education at Pakuranga Heights School
  4. provide new learning opportunities/programmes for students
  5. enhance the career prospects of teaching staff
  6. provide a further dimension to the staff development programme
  7. assist with the recruitment and retention of quality teaching staff
  8. encourage innovation and entrepreneurial thinking and strategies

Procedures

Each year the Board of Trustees will provide an amount as determined in each year's budget.  The manner in which this money will be spent must be made clear in each applicant's proposal.
  1. Each year, teaching staff will be offered the opportunity to apply for this grant.
  2. The Principal and Board of Trustees Chairperson will consider each application according to predetermined criteria.
  3. Each year, teaching staff will be offered the opportunity to apply for this grant.
  4. The Principal and Board of Trustees Chairperson will consider each application according to predetermined criteria.

Applications

  1. Applications should identify the need within the school relevant to the proposal and offer some evidence in support of this.
  2. Applicants must outline a planned research proposal – including timeframes and milestones (reports to the Board of Trustees regarding progress).
  3. They must state expected outcomes and how these will be applied to the school, noting the advantages they will bring.
  4. Applicants must include an accurate and detailed budget and any ongoing costs.
  5. Applications must include a description of how the research results will be shared with staff in order to gain maximum benefit.
  6. Applications are to be made to the Principal and Chairperson of the Board of Trustees.

General

  1. It is expected that the successful applicants will teach at Pakuranga Heights School for at least one year after the research is completed.
  2. Research must be completed in the year for which the scholarship is offered.
  3. In the event of the scholarship not being awarded in any year, the spending of the money will be at the Boards discretion.
  4. The funding will be advertised amongst staff within the first term of each year and a closing date for applications will be notified.
  5. In the event that the recipient does not fulfil their proposal, they may be asked to reimburse any/all grants received.

 

Reviewed 20 February 2018

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