Seconded Teachers Strategy
It has been an established practice to second teachers from schools to take up professional duties in the Education Bureau (EDB). Seconded teachers bring in invaluable front-line experience to the EDB and in return they gain useful insight through exposure to new areas of work and collaboration with other education professionals. The experience has proven to be beneficial to the professional development of the seconded teachers as well as service delivery upon their return to schools after their secondment. Besides providing an excellent opportunity for exchange of expertise and experience, secondment also enhances partnership between the EDB and schools. In line with the Learning to Learn curriculum reform since 2001, the Curriculum Development Institute (CDI) has initiated a series of Collaborative Research and Development ("Seed") Projects in schools since the 2001/02 school year. Depending on the needs of individual "Seed" Projects, teachers are seconded to assist with the implementation.
Application for Secondment
In the first quarter of every year, the EDB will invite schools through an EDB circular memorandum to submit proposals for "Seed" Projects together with their nominations of seconded teachers (if any) for the Projects. The EDB will inform schools of the results in June.
Seconded teachers may be deployed to assist in or undertake the following duties in trying out "Seed" Projects in relevant subjects/key learning areas:
|a.||To plan the curriculum and develop necessary resources to support the use of learning and teaching strategies in line with the key emphases of curriculum development.|
|b.||To collect evidence on the processes of change and impact on student learning in order to provide information to improve practice.|
|c.||To work together with CDI officers and expert consultants to meet the practical needs of schools and disseminate findings to the public.|
|d.||To facilitate the building up of a professional community striving for excellence through an ongoing process of curriculum development.|