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Teacher development

We know that effective teaching starts with excellent teachers. We have been working with teachers in Africa for over 30 years. Our flagship programmes, research and consultancy work are designed to promote effective teacher professional development to improve learning outcomes and the overall quality of education provision.

Teaching quality is the overwhelmingly most important factor in student performance. Improving the professional practice of teachers is therefore key to raising education outcomes and is a fundamental component of our work in education reform around the world. Our teams support effective teacher professional development in a huge variety of contexts around the world and across Africa – from supporting effective strategies for teaching literacy in Zimbabwe to developing professional learning communities for teachers in Rwanda.

Our approach

We ground our work in teacher professional development in an evidence-based model that enables and promotes teacher professional growth. Effective teacher professional development programmes require an in-depth understanding of the knowledge base that teachers need to acquire and apply, and our experts ensure that our professional development activities target growth in those crucial aspects of learning.

We also have significant expertise in using blended and remote learning for teacher professional development support, with experience not only of high-tech, but also low-tech and no-tech solutions, according to the needs of teachers in different contexts and localities. This includes mobile-enabled CPD, through which we successfully reached 15,000 English and Maths teachers in Rwanda during the pandemic, as well as a blended learning platform, and virtual learning environments (VLEs).

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