Bangalore, March 18, 2016: The British Council hosted Reflection workshop as part of its Connecting Classrooms final phase of Core Skills journey in Bangalore earlier this week. The workshop marked the completion of five months of training for the first batch of 60 teachers.
Connecting Classrooms is a global education programme designed to build the capacity of teachers worldwide and help young people become globally aware and competitive. Teachers who attended the advanced module workshop of core skills training were present for the final phase.
The programme aims at benefiting the teachers; and will allow them to draw upon a wide range of resources to nurture core skills in their learners. This current batch of teachers and leaders in Bangalore are the first set of participants for the Core Skills training in South India.
Mei-kwei Barker, Director, British Council South India said, “We are pleased that the first batch of participants from the Core Skills training in South India have completed the five months of training session. The British Council is committed to supporting teachers to improve learning outcomes for young people in India and UK and all over the world. We hope that the training has helped them foster innovation, improve their leadership qualities and create great learning experiences in their schools.”
The day began with a panel discussion on “How can schools contribute to employable skills of its students?” The panel included Dr. Vandana Lulla, Director, Podar International School, Mumbai, Shyaonti Talwar, Independent Consultant from Mumbai, Suman Chawla, Independent Consultant from Delhi and Sangeeta Gole, Independent Consultant from Mumbai. The panel was chaired by Arijit Ghosh, Head-Schools programmes, British Council India.
The workshop on Core Skills was designed with three modules—Introductory, Advanced, and Reflection and was spread over three sessions over a period of five months. In the introductory module Principals, Head Teachers, School Management representatives were invited to attend along with one nominated teacher. Then in the second stage, Principal or nominated teachers attended the workshop. And finally the Reflection module was attended by the teachers who attended the advanced module workshop.
The British Council conducted in-depth desk research to identify the most pertinent key skills from the literature and research that were critical to meeting the needs of students in the 21st century and a globalised economy and were relevant to the educational context of the countries and regions where the British Council operates. The research resulted with an answer that the immediate need of the hour was to supplement knowledge with core skills.