The British Council schools offer is a complete package for schools in Pakistan whereby each and every aspect of a school has something to benefit from it. It offers school partnerships, professional development courses, accreditation and the opportunity to share best practices with international counterparts. The programme is working in Pakistan since 2007 and has so far connected 500 schools with schools in the UK and other countries, provided training to 5,000 teachers and engaged 100,000 young people with global audience, social action and other projects. Currently, the British Council is working with more than 500 schools across Pakistan
Connecting Classrooms is the British Council’s global education programme for schools, co-funded by the British Council and the UK’s Department for International Development. It focuses on building global awareness and cross-cultural learning amongst young people through bringing an international dimension to learning.
Recent research that has shown that the majority of education systems around the world are not equipping young people with the skills they need in our rapidly changing world. In response to this, from September 2015 to July 2018 Connecting Classrooms will focus on helping young people to develop the knowledge, skills and values to live and work in a globalised economy.
It will do this through building the capacity of teachers and school leaders to integrate a range of Core Skills into the curriculum, therefore improving learning outcomes for young people and enabling them to become more globally aware and globally competitive.
What are Core Skills?
British Council consulted a range of stakeholders, drew upon research on the deep pedagogies framework and UNESCO’s transversal skills and then decided to focus on supporting teachers develop their pedagogy in the following six Core Skills:
Ways of working
- Critical thinking and problem-solving
- Creativity and imagination
Ways of living
- Student leadership and personal development
- Digital literacy
- Communication and collaboration
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The programme offers professional development opportunities for teachers, headteachers and students through following strands:
School Leadership - for headteachers and senior educators to provide tailor-made training to turn effective managers into inspiring leaders
Continuous Professional Development – for teachers to acquire practical ability to teach Core Skills through its Introductory, Advanced, and Reflection modules
Online Courses – high-quality resources to support teachers in delivering improved learning outcomes for young people
Student Leadership – to develop the leadership among the students and increases students’ skills, knowledge, and confidence by involving students in community work
Schools Partnerships – sustainable long terms partnership between schools in Pakistan and over 180 countries
International School Award – provides a complete framework to school in embedding international learning into the curriculum
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What are the benefits?
- Teachers will be able to create great learning experiences for pupils that support the development of Core Skills.
- Teachers will be able to draw upon a wide range of free resources to nurture Core Skills in their learners.
- Teachers will be able to network with and find peer support from like-minded colleagues locally and globally.
- School leaders will be able to foster innovation and use of a range of teaching strategies in their schools, thus enhancing the quality of teaching and learning.
- School leaders will be able to improve their own instructional leadership through mentoring their own staff and wider teaching community.
How can I get involved?
All schools and educational institutions in Pakistan can get involved in Connecting Classrooms activity.
Connecting Classrooms aims to improve teaching and teachers’ pedagogy through:
- Professional development for teachers and school leaders, face-to-face and online
- Sustainable partnerships between schools in Pakistan and the UK
- Professional dialogue opportunities for policymakers that will support national and regional level debate, reflection and action
- Awards to schools which are successful in equipping young people with the knowledge and skills to live and work in a globalised economy
- Online access to free, high-quality resources to support teachers in delivering improved learning outcomes for young people
- National and International Conferences for the teachers participating in the full course (Introductory, Advanced, and Reflection) will have the option of participating in British Council organised local and global conferences where they can showcase their innovation and good practice.
Fullan, M and Langworthy, M (2013) Towards a new end: New Pedagogies for Deep Learning. Seattle: Collaborative Impact
UNESCO, (2013) Integrating Transversal Competencies in Education Policy and Practice.