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Creating Your Personal Learning Plan

Creating Your Personal Learning Plan

This guide is designed to help you understand the training that you are required to complete for your role. You can use this guide to help create your Personal Learning Plan. 

Agreeing a Personal Learning Plan

Once you have agreed your role description with your line manager you need to create a plan for your own training called a Personal Learning Plan (PLP). This should be created and agreed in partnership with your Training Adviser. If you haven’t agreed a role description yet, speak with your line manager to agree one. Find out more about example role descriptions, or they can be purchased directly from Scout Store.

There are five steps to creating a Personal Learning Plan:

1. Identify the training that is relevant to your role

2. Assess what learning you will need to complete

3. Decide the validation methods that will be used to demonstrate your ability to put learning into practice in your role and the timeframe in which you expect to complete each criteria

4. Meet and agree your plan with your Training Adviser

5. Complete and review

Step 1: Identifying the training that is relevant to your role

  • Use the minimum training requirements section below and the Module Matrix to identify which modules you are required to complete for your role.
  • Use your role description to identify any extra modules that you feel are relevant to your role, or that you would find interesting to complete
  • If you are changing roles from another role in Scouting, you can use the Change of Role section to identify the modules that may require revalidating. If you have completed your training under the current Adult Training Scheme, it may not be necessary to revalidate certain modules if you have completed them previously.

Step 2: Assessing your learning

Step 3: Agreeing the validation methods

Validation is the process where you show that you can put your knowledge and skills about the topics covered in a module into practice in your role in Scouting. You will need to validate all of the modules required for your role, regardless of whether you have gained skills through learning or through previous experience.

There are a number of different validation methods for each module; you will work with your Training Adviser to decide which is most appropriate for you. Validation should reflect the activities of your normal Scouting role and should be backed up by evidence. The different aspects of your role, for example running meetings, planning programmes, leading and managing others, will show your abilities and knowledge. Validation is essential for every module in the Adult Training Scheme.

Step 4: Meeting and agreeing your plan with a Training Adviser

For this stage you will need to meet with your Training Adviser to finalise and agree your plan. This is also your opportunity to discuss any questions you have from steps one and two. Using your draft Personal Learning Plan, agree with your Training Adviser the modules, courses and independent learning that are relevant to your role.

At the first meeting you may not be able to agree the learning method, validation, and timescale for every aspect of your training. It is suggested that you plan between six and twelve months ahead, taking into account any opportunities for validation or learning that may arise in that period.

The Personal Learning Plan is your formal record of completing your training and so it will need to be kept safely. Any Training Advisers that are supporting you will also need a copy for their records. Your Personal Learning Plan is recorded in the membership database called Compass, where it is stored and updated as you work through your training. The Personal Learning Plan can be completed by your Training Adviser directly on to Compass when you meet to agree your plan.

Step 5: Complete and Review

As you work through your training, make sure that each area you validate is signed off on your Personal Learning Plan by the person who validates it. At least once every six months, it recommended that you review your progress with your Training Adviser and agree a plan for the next six months.

Once you have validated all the areas of your Personal Learning Plan for your Wood Badge you will need to agree your plan for Ongoing Learning (including mandatory ongoing learning) with your line manager. Every adult who holds an appointment for which a Wood Badge is required must participate in a minimum of five hours ongoing learning each year. This is to ensure they continue to acquire new skills and keep up to date with new trends and policies. Ongoing learning must be at least five hours per year, calculated over the length of the appointment.

Once you have completed your Personal Learning Plan and agreed your plan for Ongoing Learning you will be eligible to be recommended to be awarded the Wood Badge.