We support teachers to develop their foundational skills and knowledge resulting in raising the quality of learning within their classroom. Our Teach2030 programme combines free online professional development, contextualised for teachers working in hard to reach communities, with a programme of support enabling schools to run ongoing CPD independently whilst being supported by a local organisation.
More than 85% of children in sub-Saharan Africa are failing to meet minimum proficiency levels in maths and English. Education and life-long learning are required for the fast changing world of work. The long-term consequences are continued poverty and socio-economic inequalities particularly in rural areas. The issue of quality in basic education is inseparable from the quality of the teachers involved. Solutions to tackle quality of education across the Commonwealth are desperately needed.
To significantly reduce the ‘big challenge’ statistic to a place where children receive a better quality education and where teachers continue learning. As a result teachers are more confident, perform better and learners are prepared for an ever-changing future.
Our initiative is not about teachers completing courses. It is about providing a low-cost and long-term, sustainable model to bring training and skill development opportunities to teachers that are in the hardest areas to reach. We use a combination of high-quality content, technology and human facilitation.
We are working in partnership with Alison, a social enterprise online learning platform to jointly establish ‘hubs’. Alison is one of the world’s largest free learning platforms for education and skills training. It is a social enterprise dedicated to making it possible for anyone, to study anything, anywhere, at any time, which aligns with our mission to make teacher professional development accessible for all.
We utilise our network to establish accredited partners who can work with governments, and head teachers on the ground to ensure that real change in the classroom takes place.
In 2015, we launched a range of online professional development courses to help teachers develop their foundational teaching and learning skills. These are the building blocks for a teacher. Every year approximately 20,000 teachers engage in our courses, and many report significant impact on their teaching practice.
We are now developing a long-term, sustainable professional development model to enable teachers to be ‘always learning’. Our Teach2030 initiative brings training to the teachers, using low-cost technology combined with locally facilitated delivery through CET accredited partners. This is a high quality and cost effective way of helping teachers to develop their practice to student centred whilst developing their digital skills.
Local delivery capacity through physical hubs or satellite model
Utilise educational relationships & network
Adaptable to individual context
Lifelong learning focus
Practical tasks- Experimental learning
Local and national opportunities to accredit
Aligned to Cambridge Teaching Standards
Building blocks - Foundational skills & strategies
Develop as a professional
Opportunity to expand content
Self-study, hosted on social enterprise digital learning platform Alison
Teachers make a financial contribution
Financial sharing model between accredited partner-CET-Alison
Opportunity to explore alternative payment mechanisms
Local and national opportunities to expand
We are working with a range of partners to develop and implement our Teach2030 initiative in different contexts in order to build capacity to scale sustainably across the Commonwealth.
We have begun 2019 working with three in-country partners in Zambia, Uganda and Jamaica and are exploring partnerships in Kenya and Nigeria.
We plan to achieve change in teacher behaviour towards their own learning. This change will impact the quality of education that takes place in classrooms.