The British Council is now advancing its“Core Skills for Teachers Workshops,” with a focus on secondary schools. The training workshops will be held in Kingston and Montego Bay between October 17th and 25th 2017, with the aim of training 60 teachers in “Introduction to Core Skills”. This series of workshops is a part of their wider portfolio of work in education, where the focus is specifically on Core Skills and Inclusion and how this contributes to gender equity and a holistic education system.
The goal of the programme is to help prepare students for life and work in a 21st-century global economy by integrating six core skills into their every-day life. The six core skills identified by the British Council are:
1) Critical Thinking & Problem-Solving,
2) Communication & Collaboration,
3) Creativity & Imagination,
4) Leadership & Personal Development,
5) Digital Literacy and
Prior to these training workshops, a student baselining survey will be conducted at each represented school, to measure the impact of the project on students’ core skills. Carrying out a baseline study of the students’ skills before their teachers are trained, would add an additional level of validity and accuracy to the data collected. A progress survey with the same students, 1-2 terms later, will then measure knowledge of the skills imparted.
The British Council’s Core Skills program has been developed by education experts in conjunction with the British Council. These abilities, also known as soft skills or deep learning skills, are equally as important as getting good grades. They are essential to the development of individuals ready to take on the challenges of today’s globally-interconnected world. Many employers cite a lack of the functional abilities such as problem-solving and effective communication, among skills gaps in new recruits. The British Council’s core skills training can assist in this regard.
To date, 48 teachers from 30 early-childhood institutions have benefitted from the Introduction to Core Skills Training Workshops. Post-introductory training, all teachers will be offered advanced training in any one or all six of the core skills. Details on registration are currently available on the British Council Caribbean website and Facebook pages.