There are two main committees that support the development of SAPERE training: The Professional Standards Board and the Professional Development Committee.
Professional Standards Board
Its main role is to be a pro-active and strategic body for the monitoring and enhancement of the quality/standards of learning, teaching, assessment and curricula bearing the SAPERE name or validation, including collaborative arrangements.
The PSB is composed of two non-tutor Trustees; two fully practising tutors; one teacher familiar with SAPERE training and P4C practice; one local authority officer or adviser; and three independent members who are not current SAPERE members, but are currently sensitive to philosophy and very well-informed about HE/adult education requirements.
The PSB may co-opt up to two people to attend any meeting for the purpose of giving expert advice.
Professional Development Committee
The Professional Development Committee’s (PDC) main role is to develop, or revise as necessary, all courses and schemes claiming to be validated by SAPERE, including their criteria of assessment and any supporting materials.
The PDC is composed of nine members: two Trustees, the Society’s Development Manager, two registered trainers elected by the National Trainer Network meeting, two teachers elected at the AGM, and two other appointees, ideally with recent experience of adult course development or participation. The PDC may co-opt up to two people to attend any meeting for the purpose of giving expert advice.
Both the Professional Standards Board (PSB) and the Professional Development Committee are serviced by, and can be contacted through, the SAPERE office.