A reflective practice discussion is a conversation in which you reflect on what your learning needs and objectives were for the year and the outcomes of your CPD activities. You consider what you learned and whether you fully addressed your needs. The two way exchange may also help to identify any gaps in your learning and allow for suggestions of further topics to explore. It’s also an opportunity to talk about your development, future plans, ambitions, and goals.
More information is now available in this document on the concept of reflection and the practicalties of the discussions.
Who should I have the discussion with?
It’s up to you, but to get the most out of the discussion you should ensure that the individual understands the nature of your actuarial work, your development and the outcomes of your CPD activities. It could be a peer, a colleague, a line manager or a volunteer of the IFoA and we are in the process of setting up a pool of volunteers that we can put you in touch with for this purpose.
When should I have my reflective practice discussion?
The discussion can take place any time after you have completed your CPD activities for the year. This will allow you to reflect on all your activities and whether you met your learning objectives for the year.
If you complete your 2020/21 CPD on 30 August 2021, for example, you should have the discussion after that, even if it takes place after 1 September in the 2021/22 CPD year.
IFoA reflective practice discussions
A selection of members will also be chosen to participate in a discussion with IFoA executive staff to reflect upon their learning and development during the CPD year, the outcomes of their CPD activities and their plans for future development.
The discussion will take place by telephone or videoconference at a mutually agreed time with a member of a trained, specialist team.
The IFoA is still to determine how it will select individuals for such discussion and about the frequency. It is unlikely that all members will be selected for such a discussion every year.
What happens after the discussion?
The IFoA will stay in touch with you, to offer up further support and assistance with a view to helping you continue your development and maintain your competence.
When would the reflective practice discussions with the IFoA start?
The discussions will start from September 2021. A trial of these discussions, which will allow us to tailor the process for IFoA members, will begin in 2020.
If you have any enquires about CPD, please contact the Membership Team
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