Teachers in Mumbai participate in an orientation workshop for a new digital resource
Teachers in Mumbai participate in an orientation workshop for a new digital resource ©

British Council

The British Council provides continuous professional developments opportunities for teachers and leaders by way of workshops, events and trainings. These are organised both face-to-face and online.

In the development of any teacher professional development programme, it is important to heed research insights as to what makes it effective. The following points are derived from a research by Hennessy et al. 2015: 

  • long-term and structured
  • promote teacher agency and leadership
  • focus on classroom implementation
  • align with teachers’ existing knowledge, practice and contexts
  • create opportunities for collaboration with colleagues and teacher peer support
  • encourage and support teachers in obtaining resources
  • encourage engagement with the local community
  • recognise the interplay between teacher and head teacher professional development

The structure of British Council Continuing Professional Development of teachers fulfils almost all of the above points.

Core Skills programme

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:


Self-directed thinking that produces new and innovative ideas and solves problems. Reflecting critically on learning experiences and processes and making effective decisions.


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.


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.


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.

Online Training Modules

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:

  • International Learning – get started
  • Education for global citizenship
  • Inter-cultural and global awareness
  • Sustainable partnerships
  • English for international exchange
  • ICT for international exchange
For more information please click here .