In this webinar Colin Bangay looks at teacher education in resource constrained countries with growing school age populations. Colin argues that in order to deliver, there must be a stronger link between how teacher education is managed on a macro scale and how individuals are supported in their development into and growth as teachers.

The presentation focuses on the system realities that frame decisions on teacher education commenting on:

  • demand vs supply
  • speed vs cost
  • certification vs motivation
  • training vs continuous professional development

The presentation does not provide any ‘blue print solutions’ other than that the logical cycle of diagnosis, analysis, reflection and action that underpins the ‘teaching for success’ approach needs to be applied with equal rigour to broader system constraints. 

The session was recorded at the Teaching for Success online conference in October 2016.

About the speaker:

Colin Bangay oversees the British Council’s portfolio of Education, Governance, Security and Conflict and Entrepreneurship programmes across Sub-Saharan Africa. He has worked extensively throughout Africa and Asia with the private sector, NGO’s, multi-national and bilateral organisations. Before joining the British Council he worked for DFID, leading on education quality in London and latterly as senior education adviser in India. Prior to this he spent two years as a lecturer at the World Bank Institute, Washington DC, covering issues of: quality, teacher education, decentralisation and non-state provision. His published work covers a range of topics from non-state education provision to education responses to climate change, and education and disaster risk reduction.

Before you watch

Think about these questions:

  • What are the different routes to becoming a qualified teacher in your country?
  • Does this provision fit the needs of your education system?
  • How are teachers rewarded for carrying out continuing professional development?

After you watch activities 

Read Colin Bangay’s blog post: Innovation in Teacher Education – The British Council's ‘Teaching for Success’.

Think about these questions:

  • Where do you think your country is positioned on the continuum proposed by Andy Hargreaves?
  • Take a look at the Teacher Development CPD Framework or the Teacher Educator CPD Framework and think about your strengths and weaknesses in each professional practice. Write an action plan to help you in your own professional development.

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