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Core skills training opens to secondary

Sunday, September 17, 2017

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The British Council announced on Friday that it is opening its Core Skills for Teachers Workshops to secondary schools.

The sessions are scheduled for Kingston and Montego Bay between October 17 and 25, with the aim of training 60 teachers in “Introduction to Core Skills”, to be followed by advanced training at a later date.

The British Council explained that its focus on core skills – also called soft skills or deep learning skills – and inclusion, and how together they contribute to gender equity and holistic education is to help students prepare for life and work in a 21st-century global economy. The six core skills it has identified are:

1) Critical Thinking & Problem-Solving;

2) Communication & Collaboration;

3) Creativity & Imagination;

4) Leadership & Personal Development;

5) Digital Literacy; and

6) Citizenship.

Prior to the October workshops, a student baseline survey will be conducted at each represented school to measure the students' skills before their teachers are trained. A progress survey with the same students, one or two terms later, will measure knowledge of the skills imparted, and the impact of the programme.

The British Council's Core Skills programme was developed by education experts in conjunction with the British Council and forms part of its wider education portfolio.

“These abilities are equally as important as getting good grades,” the council said. “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 in 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,” the council said in a statement to the press on Friday.

To date, 48 teachers from 30 early childhood institutions have participated in the Introduction to Core Skills workshops.

Registration details are available on the British Council Caribbean website and Facebook.

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