Last week, the British Council launched its new approach to teacher education and development—called ‘Teaching for Success’—and underpinned continuing professional development (CPD) frameworks for teacher educators and teachers. The speakers at the session included Alison Barrett, global head, English in Education Systems, British Council; Subir Shukla, principal coordinator of Ignus-ERG India; and David Weston, chief executive of the Teacher Development Trust, UK.
The event, among other things, highlighted how CPD is at the heart of the ‘Teaching for Success’ approach. The CPD framework for teachers is the organising principle of ‘Teaching for Success’, complemented by the CPD framework for teacher educators. Together, these frameworks represent the British Council’s understanding of, and global expertise in, teaching and teacher development. The services and resources for the teaching of English language and other school subjects are all mapped to the CPD frameworks and provide clear pathways for development.
On the occasion, Gill Caldicott, acting director, British Council, said, “Teaching for Success is our approach to teacher education and development. Through our projects and programmes, we work in partnership with state governments, agencies and institutions to contribute to the agenda of improving quality in the classroom and empowering future generations to achieve more for themselves and their communities.”
Through the ‘Teaching for Success’ approach, the British Council aims to:
—build local continuing professional development systems and the human resource to maintain them;
—meet identified teacher needs and government priorities;
—have a positive and lasting impact on quality in the classroom;
—manage the factors across the whole education system that impact on achieving the goals for teacher development & quality in the classroom;
—embed equality, diversity and inclusion at every level;
—make the most effective use of technology for learning.