The British Council's work with school systems aims to improve learning outcomes for young people. 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.
The British Council conducted in-depth desk research to identify the most pertinent key skills from the literature and research that are:
- critical to meeting the needs of students in the 21st century and a globalised economy
- relevant to the British Council’s Charter
- relevant to the educational context of the countries and regions where the British Council operates.
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 pedagog in the following six core skills and competencies:
CRITICAL THINKING AND PROBLEM SOLVING
Self-directed thinking that produces new and innovative ideas and solves problems. Reflecting critically on learning experiences and processes and making effective decisions.
COMMUNICATION AND COLLABORATION
Communicate effectively orally, in writing, actively listen to others in diverse and multilingual environments and understand verbal and non-verbal communication. Work in diverse international teams, learning from and contributing to the learning of others, assuming shared responsibility, cooperating, leading, delegating and compromising to produce new and innovative ideas and solutions.
CREATIVITY AND IMAGINATION
Economic and social entrepreneurialism, imagining and pursuing novel ideas, judging value, developing innovation and curiosity.
Active, globally-aware citizens who have the skills, knowledge and motivation to address issues of human and environmental sustainability and work towards a fairer world in a spirit of mutual respect and open dialogue. Developing an understanding of what it means to be a citizen of your own country and your own country's values.
Using technology as a tool to reinforce, extend and deepen learning through international collaboration. Enabling the student to discover, master and communicate knowledge and information in a globalised economy.
STUDENT LEADERSHIP AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
Honesty, leadership, self-regulation and responsibility, perseverance, empathy for contributing to the safety and benefit of others, self-confidence, pupil voice, resilience, personal health and well-being, career and life skills and learning to learn/life-long learning.
These core skills are also available on an online version. The courses which are live on the Schools Online website currently are-
The 6 in-depth courses (Critical Thinking, Communication, Creativity, Citizenship, Digital Literacy, Student Leadership) can only be accessed once the Introduction to Core Skills for Teachers has been completed.
British Council organises Enriching Education workshops twice a year. These residential workshops are delivered by experts from both India and the United Kingdom. The main objective of these workshops is to promote cross-curricular learning and provide a holistic experience to the various domains of school education. Started in March 2013, the Enriching Education workshops have travelled to Thiruvananthapuram (March 2013), Greater Noida (February 2014), Coimbatore (June 2014), Bhubaneshwar (April 2015), Mumbai (August 2015) and Mysore (January 2016). North India will witness the next Enriching Education workshop.
These workshops, attended by more than 100 teachers in every instance, have seen the following modules get delivered:
An introduction to international learning
- Music for Little People
- Inside-out: Exploring out-of-school and experiential learning techniques to enliven our teaching
- Communication and Collaboration
- Education for Global Citizenship
- School Enterprise
- 100 Words and Multicultural Understanding
- Rivers of the World
- Hands-on Science
- Big Dance
- Deeper Understanding of Global Citizenship
- Learning through Story—English and Beyond
- Cross-Cultural Communication for Global Citizens
- FUN-damental Research: science experiments to get you thinking
- The 1914 Christmas Truce—Football Remembers
- Planning for Problem Solving—A Challenge for Mathematics Teachers
- Teaching Divided Histories
- Protecting Children in your School and on International Projects
- Student Leadership
Check out the British Council India website to register for the future Enriching Education workshops.
In addition to the face-to-face courses on Core Skills, there are several online courses on Schools Online for teachers to register and complete the course at their convenience. The following modules are available online:
- Learning Online with Connecting Classrooms
- International Learning – get started
- Education for global citizenship
- Inter-cultural and global awareness
- Sustainable partnerships
- English for international exchange
- ICT for international exchange
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