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When the Cambridge curriculum was first introduced at APL Global School in Chennai, India, the teachers initially found the transition challenging. Moving from a fixed curriculum to a more flexible curriculum required a significant shift in thinking and practice. To equip teachers to overcome these challenges, the school deployed a dedicated team of experienced trainers to provide need-based training and mentoring.
Teachers also had the opportunity to take the Cambridge International Diploma for Teachers and Trainers. More than 60 APL teachers have now completed this qualification and are implementing the practices they learnt during the course. The school has also been approved to offer our new Cambridge International Diploma in Teaching and Learning.
Ms Kiran Merchant, Principal, APL Global School says: “Cambridge International Examinations offers one of the most holistic teacher training programmes I have come across. The training modules not only help teachers to refine their practices, but also to make a paradigm shift through an internal process of introspection and reflection. The impact of this is lasting, not only in their professional journey but also as a person”.
Some teachers have also participated in Cambridge face-to-face and online training courses, as well as workshops and seminars from other training providers to upgrade their skills.
Ms Shirin, a biology teacher at the school, is thrilled with the creative freedom she enjoys with the Cambridge curriculum. “I enjoy teaching the Cambridge curriculum, which is skills-based. I can use a wide range of teaching ideas in my learning sessions and the curriculum allows me to be a facilitator, not the teacher.
“The most exciting part is when I ask my students to apply their knowledge to real life situations. It amazes me to know how the students think and how they solve problems. As a biology teacher I enjoy designing those activities. I learn a lot of new things every day, and it is a stimulating journey which I hope to continue for a very long time.”
The leadership team and teachers of APL Global School are also experienced in teaching the Cambridge curriculum to students with special educational needs. To find out more, visit the school’s website or contact the Principal, Ms Kiran Merchant at firstname.lastname@example.org