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Education Development Trust at Teacher Skills Forum 2018

05 March 2018

Education Development Trust played a key role at this year's Teacher Skills Forum in Jordan which ran from 3-4 March; subject specialists from the organisation delivered eight sessions to an audience of more than 1,000 teachers from the Arab world.

This year's theme was 'growth beyond grades' and Education Development Trust shared expertise on a range of topics including the incorporation of computational thinking across different subjects; the rapid improvement of underperforming schools; teaching as a research-informed profession and applying evidence-based practice within a supervisory system.

Improving English language learning for Syrian refugees in Jordan

Anna Riggall, Head of Research, led the Education Development Trust delegation and delivered one of the plenary sessions: 'This conference is hugely important to us as an organisation and we are delighted to be able to participate across the programme. We have a long history of working in the Arab world and we are currently working with the Queen Rania Teacher Academy and the Jordanian Ministry of Education to improve the English language learning of thousands of Syrian refugee children.

'Through our Improving English Skills programme, we are sponsoring a cohort of 20 supervisors to attend the conference; these supervisors in turn reach some 325 teachers working with refugees. We are a research-engaged organisation and so making the time to explore, learn and share experiences with peers, specialists and leading experts is very much one of our tenets.'

The conference, now in its fourth year, has gained international recognition and is focused on providing modern and creative strategies and teaching techniques. It is organised by the Queen Rania Teacher Academy in partnership with the International Baccalaureate (IB).

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