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'The concept of ‘educational impact’ has become increasingly important in academic research and education debate, as no school can make meaningful progress without understanding the effect of its practices on students’ learning,” said Michael O’Sullivan, Chief Executive, Cambridge International at the Pakistan Schools Conference in Lahore on 4 April.
More than 220 teachers and school leaders from over 140 Cambridge schools in Pakistan met at the conference to explore the theme of ‘Measuring what matters: understanding and improving educational impact.'
During the conference, principals discussed how to measure the impact of their work, including the different methods used to do this and how to make best use of the information gathered. They also examined how teachers can measure the educational impact of their lessons and the role that professional development plays in this.
Rana Mashood Ahmed Khan, Education Minister, Punjab was the Chief Guest at the conference (pictured above with Michael O’Sullivan). Speakers included Tristian Stobie, Cambridge International’s Education Director, Dr Liz Taylor, education consultant, and Rosemary Hilhorst, Country Director, Pakistan, British Council. A lively panel discussion explored the challenges of understanding educational impact and whether everything in schools can or should be measured.
In her welcome to delegates, Uzma Yousuf Zaka, Country Director, Pakistan, Cambridge International said: 'I am really excited to be hosting our fourth flagship conference in Pakistan. These conferences are important as they not only generate meaningful debate around key educational issues, but they also give us an opportunity to hear from Cambridge schools in Pakistan'.
'I am delighted to a part of the Pakistan Schools Conference,’ said a participant. ‘It covers a very important theme about measuring impact of everything that we do at schools, as this helps us reflect, understand the gaps and in turn bring further improvement in teaching and learning.'
Over 600 schools offer Cambridge programmes and qualifications in Pakistan, including Cambridge O Level and Cambridge International AS & A Level.