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UK NGO's plan for city schools

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To help them retain best teachers


  • Staff to be groomed as school leaders
  • They will undergo two-year training
  • Teachers will be urged to use IT as tool

    HYDERABAD: The Centre for British Teachers Education Services (CfBT), a UK-based non-profit education consultancy has offered its School Development Programme to city schools.

    Making a presentation to representatives of high-end schools on Thursday, the CfBT UK Education Director, Tony McAleavy said that Fast Track Teacher Training Programme and Whole School Improvement Programme, were two key programmes aimed at retention of the best talent among teachers and ensuring career growth.

    The programmes would also include grooming internal staff for school leadership. The 40-year-old centre, which had been extending its services in UK, India and other countries, developed its programme based on tested techniques of best practices from schools around the world, Mr. Tony said.

    The Director of School Education, S. Balasubramanyam, who was the chief guest suggested the programme be implemented in Government Residential Schools by developing modules to suit requirements of schools in urban and rural areas.

    Motivating teachers

    Under the Fast Track Programme to be started from January next year, schools could identify potential candidates who had demonstrated their calibre in the classroom and train them to become future leaders. After an assessment the selected teachers would be enrolled for a two-year programme and coached and evaluated by a CfBT tutor and the school mentor. The aim is to motivate teachers to give their best to take academic standards to a higher level. "We start with baseline study of the school, identify the strengths and areas for improvement. Then we design customised school improvement plan, including inputs for teaching in English, maths and science and encouraging teachers use IT as a tool."

    The CfBT was already implementing `Whole School Improvement Package' for all-round improvement in 60 city schools serving low income families with financial assistance from HSBC. The year-long programme already improved teaching and learning practices, infrastructure and involvement of parents in schools, said G.V.S. Prasad, Director, India.

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