June 2013

From June 2013 the Autonomous Educational Organisation Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools (hereinafter – AEO) has started teacher training sessions for grades 1, 8 and 12 in order to prepare teachers for the implementation of the Integrated Educational Programme (hereinafter – IEP). Last year the implementation of the IEP has started in grades 7 and 11, and from September 2013 it will be piloted in grades 1, 8 and 12. The Integrated educational programme is aimed at students’ achievement of specific learning objectives, which means that students not only get a certain amount of knowledge, but also develop the ability to apply their knowledge in solving learning and life problems, so the programme is focused on the formation of functional literacy and critical thinking skills of the students.

Successful implementation of the Integrated Educational Programme requires the use of modern pedagogical approaches, such as active learning, team teaching, content and language integrated learning (CLIL), etc. In order to prepare teachers of Intellectual schools to work with innovative subject programmes and course plans, Centre for Educational Programmes under the AEO (hereinafter – CEP) has been conducting five day practical training sessions for each subject led by Cambridge consultants. Teachers get acquainted with the new course plans jointly developed with Cambridge, as well as with active learning methods that are necessary in order to develop 21st century skills. The format of training suggests acquiring knowledge by teachers and applying it in practice via demonstration of teaching methods and techniques to each other – "micro-teaching". In total there will be 523 teachers of Intellectual schools and 30 trainers from Cambridge who will participate in 32 training sessions.

Successful implementation of the Integrated Educational Programme requires the use of modern pedagogical approaches, such as active learning, team teaching, content and language integrated learning (CLIL), etc. In order to prepare teachers of Intellectual schools to work with innovative subject programmes and course plans, Centre for Educational Programmes under the AEO (hereinafter – CEP) has been conducting five day practical training sessions for each subject led by Cambridge consultants. Teachers get acquainted with the new course plans jointly developed with Cambridge, as well as with active learning methods that are necessary in order to develop 21st century skills. The format of training suggests acquiring knowledge by teachers and applying it in practice via demonstration of teaching methods and techniques to each other – "micro-teaching". In total there will be 523 teachers of Intellectual schools and 30 trainers from Cambridge who will participate in 32 training sessions.

The teachers of five newly opened Intellectual schools, who will be teaching in grades 7 and 11, will participate in training sessions in August 2013. These training sessions will be led by the CEP specialists, who were trained by Cambridge consultants in years 2012-2013.

By the end of the training sessions, Intellectual schools teachers will acquire knowledge and skills necessary for working with the new subject programmes and course plans, they will also exchange ideas with their colleagues and get feedback from Cambridge experts.