Professional development for teachers: Core Skills training

The British Council, through its Connecting Classrooms programme, aims to help young people become globally aware and competitive in the 21st century.

Running from 2015-2018, the programme will build and enhance the capacity of 45,000 teachers, 12,000 school leaders and policy makers worldwide to support them in integrating a range of core skills into the curriculum. Delivered by the British Council, more than five million pupils worldwide will benefit from this programme which will connect UK classrooms to more than 30 countries around the world.

Research by education experts and academics explains that in order to participate in a global economy, young people need to be equipped with core skills, which supplement the traditional curriculum, subject-focussed approach of many education systems. These are also referred to as deep learning skills, 21st century skills, transversal skills or core skills and competencies, depending on the local/national/regional context. 

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 and competencies:

  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Communication and collaboration
  • Creativity and imagination
  • Citizenship
  • Digital literacy
  • Student leadership and personal development

About the workshop

To find out how your school can be a part of this programme, British Council invites you to the 'Introduction to Core Skills' workshop on 30 September 2016 in New Delhi from 0900 hours to 1700 hours. 

There is a registration fee of Rs 8000 (for two school representatives which should comprise of a Principal or School Head and a teacher) for this workshop. Additional teachers can register for Rs 4000 per teacher. Schools can register as many teachers as they want to. This fee includes the entire journey of Core Skills course:

1. One-day Introduction to Core Skills – 30 September 2016

2. Two-day Advanced Course on any one Core Skill – 3 and 4 November 2016

3. One-day Reflection – 23 February 2016

The Introduction to Core Skills for Leaders (to be attended by Principal or School Head) and the Introduction to Core Skills for Teachers (to be attended by teachers) will take place on the same day in parallel sessions.

how to register

To express your interest, contact Sanjini Gautam at 011-41497266, or write to