Jane Campion has been teaching for 10 years. She’s an English teacher and Coordinator for Key Stage 5 English at Katharine Lady Berkeley’s School in Gloucestershire. The school is a mixed 11-18 comprehensive school and Jane’s also Lead Teacher for Gifted and Talented and Coordinator for EPQ (Extended Project Qualification).

Jane’s role with the English Association (she’s editor of the association’s journal, Use of English) and the fact that she sits on the Association’s Secondary Education Committee, means she’s been exposed to the CTE publicity rather more than most. 

But there were still three strong reasons for committing to the CTE journey.

“I decided to go for CTE because, firstly, I think it’s important to be able to evidence a commitment to CPD, especially in light of conversion to Academy Status, and in the light of impending changes to pay and conditions. 

“Secondly, it’s also important to me because it’s good to be able to evidence experience and expertise that’s been developed since first qualifying – which can be difficult to do if you are not seeking a management position and with the Advanced Skills and Excellent Teacher status being discontinued”.

“And thirdly, I believe subject specialism is important.”

Jane’s school is supportive of CPD and she feels it will benefit her career because it ‘franks’ her personal commitment to her job.  For Jane there a number of general benefits: it keeps the job interesting; broadens and deepens subject knowledge; and is vital for keeping abreast of developments and changes.