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How do you get teacher training in Balearic Islands

Xavier Bordoy
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What are my possibilities of continuing training as a teacher. This post is for recording how in Spain, in particular in my region, the continuing training for teachers are treated.

Types of schools

In Spain there are three types of schools:

  1. Public schools which are funded, only, by the Government. The management of the school (norms, expenses, principal, hiring of personel, etc.) is responsible of the Government too. There are no fees for registration.
  2. Private schools which are funded and managed by private companies or institutions. They have expensive fees.
  3. Charter schools (in spanish Escuelas concertadas (Wikipedia, n.d.)) which are funded by a mixt of Government and private institutions. The management of the school belongs to the private organization. They have cheaper fees than private schools (around € 300).

I only know how the system of public schools works, in where I have teached for 13 years. In particular, the system of Balearic Islands (Wikipedia 2016; Conselleria d’Educació i Cultura de les Illes Balears 2016b).

The need for continuing training

There are two types of teachers in public schools: civil servants1 or temporary employees. Both kinds of teachers could receive training but they have no obligation to do that. The motivation to get training in both cases are a) getting points to choose the school you want to teach and b) earn more money. The points have a maximum, so it has no sense to get training from a certain moment. This leads to taking courses just for making points. In general, teachers choose easy courses but with no didactic interest.

The types of the courses

The courses are offered by the Government itself and private organizations (typically labour unions and universities). When private organizations made a course, the Government has the right to accept or decline. If it’s accepted, the course is homologated. Only homologated courses are valid for making points and, even, to be recognized.

In my opinion que quality of the courses is, at least, arguable. The following are the main categories in which the courses offered, right now, by the Goverment (Conselleria d’Educació i Cultura de les Illes Balears 2016a, 2016c) and by some unions (ANPE. Sindicat Independent de les Illes Balears 2016; Stei-i 2016b, 2016a) belong to (in parentesis the number of courses and the rounded percentage of the main categories):

As you can see, there are not too much courses about making hooking activies (like could be 3-act operas) and making a non-traditional classroom. The research from internet, reading interesting blogs (like Mr. Meyer’s one) and finding MTBoS community is the only alternative that I have found against that. As me, very much people in my region.

I hope in other countries get training could be more useful than in mine. Please comment if you want to share how it works in your country.


ANPE. Sindicat Independent de les Illes Balears. 2016. “Llistat de Cursos.”

Conselleria d’Educació i Cultura de les Illes Balears. 2016a. “Activitats Oferta Cep Manacor.”

———. 2016b. “Oferta Educativa Curso 2015-2016.”

———. 2016c. “Programa Fad. Activitats de Formació.”

Stei-i. 2016a. “Cursos Personal Docent (a Distància).”

———. 2016b. “Cursos Personal Docent (Presencial).”

Wikipedia. 2016. “Balearic Islands.”

———. n.d. “Escola Concertada.”

  1. They passed a public exam which is made by Government

  2. I’m not joking: there are several courses just for hiking and, in theory, explain the scientific features of the route. See for example “Excursions per Palma. Les seves manifestacions artístiques” (ANPE. Sindicat Independent de les Illes Balears 2016) which could be translated as “Trips around Palma. Its artistic manifestations”