Who we are

Our approach

The NSW Teachers Federation’s (Federation) Centre for Professional Learning (CPL) provides high quality, research-based professional learning and support for Federation members in a range of pedagogical and school based curriculum areas.

The courses and conferences provide practical, tested and well researched approaches to issues that teachers face every day at the school level. The CPL aims to offer programs that are useful across the spectrum of a teacher’s career from the early years of teaching to the experienced and leadership levels. Courses and conferences are conducted in-person, as well as online. The CPL adds an important extra dimension to the union’s standing both with its members and in the public domain. It makes a positive contribution to the Federation’s ongoing efforts to raise the status of the teaching profession and promote the public education system in the wider NSW community.

Our team

Director – Kate Ambrose

Assistant Director – Margaret Vos

Senior Administrator – Victoria Manifold

Administration Assistant – Joanne Fellas


The work of the CPL is overseen by a Committee of Management composed of practising teachers currently working in public education settings.


When courses are granted NESA Accreditation, the CPL updates the website information accordingly. Participants are encouraged to review NESA’s Elective PD guidelines for all courses that are not NESA Accredited.

What members say

Federation members’ feedback shows great support for the provision of high quality professional learning being delivered through the CPL at a reasonable cost. This has been acknowledged by Federation Executive, Council, Annual Conference, Associations and by the membership in general. Many members express pride and satisfaction in the way the CPL promotes and advertises the professionalism and accomplishment of teachers and public education.


In 2024, the fee for a 1 day course is $220 and $275 for conferences. Some courses may not attract a fee and will be advertised accordingly. In the usual fashion, schools are asked to meet the relief costs incurred by teachers attending their professional learning courses. All financial members of the NSW Teachers Federation are eligible to apply to attend CPL courses and conferences.

Journal of Professional Learning and Podcasts

The CPL’s Journal of Professional Learning (JPL) and the CPL Podcasts seek to engage the public education profession and community in NSW and Australia through practical articles and professional conversations for teachers. The JPL is delivered electronically to members twice a year, and new podcast episodes are released regularly.

Reading JPL articles and listening to CPL podcast episodes add to the suite of professional learning opportunities for the teaching profession.