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Cambridge Professional Development Qualifications
It is with great pleasure that we announce the success of 7 of our teachers at JKFZ Cambridge International School. Over the course of 2019 these 7 teachers have been involved in continued professional development in the form of the CAIE Certificate in Teaching and Learning. We are proud to say that all 7 have passed the course. We currently have a 100% pass rate. These 2019 graduates join 3 teachers from 2018 who have already taken on mentorship roles. As the only school in Jiangxi authorized to administer this program we are continuing the work with another 6 teachers currently undertaking the course.
The International Certificate in Teaching and Learning was formed to ensure that teachers of CAIE courses gave students the best possible teaching to prepare them for success not just in exams but to ensure the overall Cambridge Aims are achieved for every student. The PDQ’s help practising teachers and leaders to:
-engage critically with relevant educational theories and concepts
-apply new ideas and approaches in their own practice
-make students’ learning more active and successful
-reflect on and share experiences purposefully.
This 120hr course is split into 3 areas; 40hrs of guided instruction where teachers attend classes each week in school (We are the only school in Jiangxi authorised to conduct this training):40hrs of individual & collaborative work with a mentor and 40hrs of work based learning.
The impacts on teachers
As a result of completing the course we have seen the following changes in teaching in the school.
-student-centred practice,such as visible thinking and learner approaches
-active learning and assessment for learning to engage, motivate and encourage learners
-creativity and variety, including differentiating learning according to language needs
-development of Cambridge teacher attributes, e.g. enthusiasm to share ideas with colleagues
“I benefited a lot from this program in which I learnt some useful educational theories that I have applied to my practice. It has also inspired me to try new ideas in my daily teaching so that students are involved in a variety of activities. It has ensured that I have an obvious goal for all my teaching.”Sini Liang G8 Homeroom Teacher PDQ Participant
“I really think PDQ is important for us as it provides us an opportunity to have a deeper understanding of latest teaching theories and methods”Xia Min, G7&8 English Teacher PDQ Participant
” cooperating with other subject teachers and experienced teachers inspired me to design various types of teaching models in my Biology teaching”Jane Liu iGCSE and A-Level Biology PDQ Participant
Impacts on learners and learning
As a school leader I have observed changes in student learning because of teachers completing the course. These include but are not limited to:
-increased learner engagement e.g., taking responsibility, asking questions and focusing on learning objectives.
-increased independence, including using success criteria, setting goals and monitoring one's own learning
-increased collaboration between learners, with students working in pairs or small groups, peer learning and mentoring
-Increased higher order thinking as students think more deeply and critically,
“the biggest take away from the course is the phrase we teach students not lessons, this has allowed me to focus more on what students need not just rigidly following a curriculum”Yvonne Li iGCSE Chemistry PDQ Participant
“the improved academic and behavioural results we see across the school can only be a result of better student engagement, this doesn’t happen by accident, it takes dedicated efforts by all to improve our teaching”Headmaster(Academic) Malcolm Harrison PDQ Instructor
“We are proud of the ten teachers who have successfully completed their training and been awarded their Cambridge “Certificate in Teaching & Learning. We would also like to thank the foreign teachers at JKFZ CIS who worked with the Chinese staff as both teachers and mentors, without whom this programme would not have been the success that it undoubtedly is.”Principal Tom Bailey PDQ Program Leader