Our Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programmes focus on promoting the conditions for effective learning in international schools. We have particular expertise in the areas of social and emotional counselling and the establishment of student support systems. We strongly believe that provision for pastoral care and the development of listening skills is as important as the academic curriculum and a school’s pedagogical style.

With an increasing number of host national students attending international schools, and the new global mobility of expatriate families from non-English speaking areas, staff awareness of EAL (English as an Alternative Language) issues and techniques has never been more important. International students also come from a broader range of academic traditions than ever. Helping them to adapt to systems that require students to be active learners, inquirers and independent thinkers, while still building a sound body of knowledge is at the heart of our writing and study skills programmes for teachers.

LISTENING

LISTENING SKILLS FOR TEACHERS & LEADERS

Lead trainer: Peter Hudson

Teachers are normally good talkers – but are they good listeners? By training staff in active listening skills they are empowered to deal with a range of social and emotional student problems far more effectively, and relieve the burden on school counsellors whose time is needed for the more serious issues students face. Teachers who are good listeners form more effective relationships not only with students, but also with colleagues and parents. Good listening also contributes to a positive school ambience and improved academic achievement by students.

Peter is the co-founder of the Motivated Learning Trust. Click on the MLT logo to find out more.

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Peter developed his listening skills and motivated learning courses after pioneering work at Kidbrooke School in London.

 

 

 

 

PASTORAL

PASTORAL AND COUNSELLING SYSTEMS FOR SCHOOLS

Lead trainer: Peter Hudson

With the high turn-over in student population, international schools cannot take student emotional well-being and happiness for granted. Having an effective referral system for social and emotional needs is just as important as referral for learning support. In Start-up, Young or Growing schools it is important that these systems are embedded quickly and efficiently. In Established schools, the system should be subject to periodic review.

Contact us about establishing effective pastoral and counselling systems

LEADERSHIP

Lead trainers: Tony Richards and Elly Tobin

The step from good to outstanding is impossible without the establishment of collaborative, transformational leadership at all levels. As critical friends, we will review your organisational structure, observe your leaders in action and listen to staff while leading workshops to develop a shared understanding of what it means to be a leader in the specific context of your school.

Contact us about leadership review and training.

PERFORMANCE

PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT

Lead trainers: Tony Richards and Elly Tobin

Performance management in our view is about support, development and accountability. PM may also be one aspect of a formal probationary period. Effective systems take into account all these elements and from an administrative perspective must be sensible without an overburdening bureaucracy. Closely linked to job descriptions, it may also be linked to relevant Key Performance Indicators. Consilium will review your system and if necessary assist with its redesign.

Contact us about Performance Management review and design.

GENDER

GENDER ISSUES IN LEARNING

Lead trainers: Delice Scotto and Tony Richards

Most international schools are coeducational, with boys and girls working well together. However certain evidence does seem to suggest that they learn differently. Does teaching bear this mind, however? Could classes be organised along lines of gender for certain ages and certain subjects? With significant experience of single sex schools and of academic organisation along lines of gender in a coeducational setting, our team is well positioned to help your staff take advantage of differences and make them work for your school.

Contact us about gender differences and learning.

STUDY

STUDY SKILLS, REVISION AND EXAM TECHNIQUE

Lead trainer: Andy Homden

With greater emphasis now being given to synoptic learning and assessment in A Level and GCSE as well as for the IB Diploma, preparing students for significant final assessments after a two year course has never been more important. Drawing on IB and pre-modular A Level / GCSE Experience we think it is more than possible to teach for understanding while building knowledge, developing exam technique dealing with revision. Counter-intuitively, this training will also help your staff prepare students for more extended pieces of writing and project-work.

Contact us about Study Skills, Revision and Exam Technique
The College for International Citizenship offers courses in the heart of England during July and August to students from around the world as they widen their horizons in preparation for university application and entrance.

EAL

EAL ACROSS THE CURRICULM

Lead Trainer: Elly Tobin

With the rise of global mobility and the continuing dominance of English as the main language of international instruction, a sensitivity to users of English as an Alternative Language in the classroom continues to demand attention. There is scarcely a teacher in the world using English as a language of instruction whose teaching would not become more effective if they received the right kind of EAL training.

Contact us about EAL training for mainstream teachers.
writing

The International Writing Project, July 26-31, 2015

“Responding to Writing: A Fresh Framework for Implementing Writers’ Workshop”

Venue: Instituto Alberto Einstein, Panamá City in Panamá

For the first time, the International Writing Project will offer a course in Central America. It will take place in the Punta Pacífica area of Panama City, Panamá. The new course is designed to meet the needs of teachers who want to ensure that they are providing the kind of feedback that will help students become better writers. Based on the philosophy that we learn by doing, teachers will craft their own writing pieces, respond to each other’s work, and analyze the entire process from prewriting to publication. The instructors will provide tips on ensuring that students still acquiring English can successfully participate in this Writers’ Workshop.

www.iwp.co.com

WRITING

THE WRITING PROJECT

The International Writing Project (IWP) has been delivering professional development courses for teachers and writers for over 25 years.  This course is designed to help teachers develop  strategies to improve personal writing and classroom strategies to help student become better writers and therefore improve their academic success. With a focus on using writing as a tool for learning the course has supported teachers from national and international schools across the globe.  As well as the regular summer programme IWP also provides bespoke professional development courses to suit the needs of individual schools.

Lead Trainer: Elly Tobin

Principal, Joseph Chamberlain College

Director, College for International Citizenship

1 Belgrave Road

Highgate

Birmingham B1 2AJ

UK

+44 121 446 2200
writing

The International Writing Project, July 26-31, 2015

“Responding to Writing: A Fresh Framework for Implementing Writers’ Workshop”

Venue: Instituto Alberto Einstein, Panamá City in Panamá

For the first time, the International Writing Project will offer a course in Central America. It will take place in the Punta Pacífica area of Panama City, Panamá. The new course is designed to meet the needs of teachers who want to ensure that they are providing the kind of feedback that will help students become better writers. Based on the philosophy that we learn by doing, teachers will craft their own writing pieces, respond to each other’s work, and analyze the entire process from prewriting to publication. The instructors will provide tips on ensuring that students still acquiring English can successfully participate in this Writers’ Workshop.

www.iwp.co.com