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The British Council is a trusted, reliable and knowledgeable partner for ministries of education, teachers and learners in over 100 countries. Our vision is that all teachers and teacher educators in the world have high-quality continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities that improve their own practice and their learners’ success.

The teacher development challenge 

Education systems need to rapidly improve and expand the quality of teaching in order to provide young people with the skills and knowledge to meet the challenges of economic and technological change. 

Teaching for Success is an integrated approach that helps teachers and teacher educators improve their performance and achieve better results from their learners. 

It is part of the British Councils’ response to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.  In particular it contributes international expertise and an integrated approach to achieving goal 4c: 

"By 2030, substantially increase the supply of qualified teachers, including through international cooperation for teacher training in developing countries, especially least developed countries and small island developing states."

Providing the expertise to transform teaching and learning in education systems

Teaching for Success enables governments, ministries and education agencies to:

  • Assess and improve the quality of teaching and learning.
  • Ensure that effective CPD systems are in place for sustainable teacher development.
  • Ensure that CPD improves the outcomes of learners.
  • Ensure national policy is effectively implemented by teachers.
  • Match high-quality training and development materials flexibly to their own specific needs.
  • Develop teachers at scale and in challenging circumstances.
  • Integrate technology effectively in teaching and learning.
  • Meet the UN Sustainable Development Goal 4.

OUR approach

The Teaching for Success approach is based on principles and standards to ensure the quality and impact of teacher development activity. Projects follow a procedure that develops activity to meet clearly defined needs and outcomes and gathers data to demonstrate actual results.

The approach puts into practice the accepted research evidence* that:

  • Improving the quality of teaching is the most effective way of improving the engagement and achievement of learners.
  • Continuing professional development (CPD) is the most effective way to improve the quality of teaching. 
  • CPD is effective when it is sustained and on-going, has a strong focus on subject matter knowledge as well as teaching competence, and is supported by school leadership.  It should focus on student learning outcomes and involves external expertise and in-school mentoring and coaching. 

We are currently using the approach to develop primary and secondary teachers in Korea, prepare language assistants from the UK who are working in schools in other countries, develop teachers working in Turkey with Syrian refugees, support school CPD in Bahrain, and develop online tutors in the Philippines.

Learn more about our track record in teacher development in the downloads section below.

(* Borg, S. (2015) Contemporary perspectives on continuing professional development, British Council)

OUR offer

  • Consultancy services to guide decision-making in ministries of education and other parts of the school system.
  • Face-to-face and online training and mentoring programmes for groups of teachers that ensure that training input is embedded in classroom practice through in-school support.
  • Accredited continuing professional development (CPD) programmes that provide your teachers with online self-directed professional development.
  • High-quality teacher development materials which can be licensed for CPD programmes, along with our services to ensure effective utilisation of them.
  • Design and delivery of whole education system reform programmes.

Continuing professional development frameworks

The British Council's continuing professional development (CPD) frameworks for teachers and teacher educators describe the skills and knowledge that teachers and teacher educators require and the stages of their development of these skills and knowledge. All the resources for Teaching for Success are mapped to these frameworks so that teachers can easily identify the specific development pathways and resources to meet the needs they identify using the CPD framework.

You can get more information about the frameworks using the links below.  

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