Continuous professional development
ESF has long made its teachers’ continuous professional development (CPD) a priority. Regular get-togethers and discussion groups were held as far back as the 1980’s with expert workshops being held after school at the Sarah Roe Centre.
Although generally it was up to schools to organise their own CPD programmes, by the mid-90s there were ESF-wide opportunities tackling highly specialised topics, such as inquiry-based learning. Eventually, whole-day training sessions were introduced.
Today, ESF Centre seeks to engage both schools and individual teachers to create a vibrant community committed to development and improving the quality of teaching and learning.
“ESF has invested and continues to invest into rich and worthwhile CPD opportunities, inviting quality world-class educators and leaders in their field to enhance teachers’ craft and, in turn, enrich the development of our young learners,” says Jacques Perche, Head of Continuous Professional Development.
During the years, ESF has developed a range of diversified programmes, such as the leadership capability programme, counselling within a school setting, learning technology, and others. It also provides training for teachers from non-ESF schools.
“We are an education community, both inside and out of the ESF,” Jacques notes.
Every school has five CPD days in an academic year in which teachers receive training when schools are closed. Of these, one day is ESF-wide and four are at the discretion of the rest of the schools.
The CPD offers a systemic process that considers change over an extended period of time and takes into account all levels of the organisation. The objective is to develop a community in which learning is a way of working.
“We must be continuous learners, in terms of analysing the effectiveness of what we do, reflecting on our practice and exploring new ones,” Jacques says.
ESF is also manages three to four major CPD conferences each year; the Asian Leadership Summit 2017, the sole strategic partner for Asian International School Conference 2017, and has launched the Coaching in Education Conference 2017 to be held at its own King George V School.
“You will only attract the best teachers if you create a lot of development opportunities, our aim is to create a scenario where the quality of practice and the personal opportunities that ESF offers makes it the choice of place to work for aspirant and innovative teachers. “Jacques says. “It is critical to make sure we offer the best CPD programmes not only in this region but internationally.”