FREE professional development opportunity

Are you interested in attending an exciting FREE professional development opportunity on offer to primary, secondary and special schools in the Neath Port Talbot, Swansea and Powys areas to develop staff core skills in Digital Literacy and/or Critical Thinking and Problem Solving?

The course will support staff CPD, help staff deliver core skills for pupils for Successful Futures curriculum / DCF and more importantly prepare schools for linking with other schools abroad.

These training sessions have been organised on behalf of local teachers by International School Linking Team – supporting schools to develop pupils’ skills for 21st Century and also Internationalise their school through developing partnerships with other schools and educational professionals across the world.

Participation in the following courses will prepare teachers to develop partnerships with schools outside Europe as part of the Connecting Classrooms programme offered by British Council on behalf of DfID.

The courses are Twilight sessions (3.30-5.30pm) and held at Baglan Education & Training Centre (BETC), Port Talbot SA12 8TF.  Delegates must attend all three sessions for their course of choice.  Schools can apply for 2 places/school for each course.

Digital Literacy Skills – 16th May, 17th May and 12th Jul

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skills - 22nd May, 23rd May, 18th July

These course will be delivered by training experts on behalf of Think Learn Challenge (TLC) and British Council in Wales. The courses are designed to upskill delegates in the core skills that have been identified through research on International school partnerships.

Taking part and completing the three session twilight course will give participants a Skills Qualification and the ‘passport’ to apply for Connecting Classrooms partnership funding. Connecting Classrooms is a global education program brought to you by the British Council in partnership with the Department for International Development (DFID). It offers a free learning journey which helps you to improve your classroom practice and develop your ideas with like-minded teachers internationally. By developing and networking with thousands of teachers across the world, the British Council aims to help young people develop the knowledge, skills and values to live and work in a globalised economy.

If you want to develop skills for DCF/Successful futures and also think about beginning or continuing your school’s International Linking Journey then please complete the below forms for either Digital Literacy course or Critical Thinking/Problem Solving skills and return to Sharon Pruski by Monday 8th May 2017.

Digital Literacy Skills Form

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skills Form

Local Authorites Swansea-Abertawe Neath Port Talbot - Castell Nedd Port-Talbot Ceredigion Carmarthenshire - Sir Gaerfyrddin Pembrokeshire-Sir Benfro Powys

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