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English language teaching in the Middle East

Our English language teaching work in the Middle East is largely funded by the ringfenced funds resulting from our merger with the Alexandria Schools Trust (AST) in 2014. We are committed to fulfilling the former charity’s mission, promoting and maintaining teaching of the English language in the Middle East.


To leave a sustainable legacy, our work builds upon the existing skillsets of local teachers and school leaders in the teaching of English and subjects taught in the medium of English.

Improving English skills in Jordan

Education Development Trust and the Queen Rania Teacher Academy have been delivering the Improving English Skills project in Jordan aimed at improving the English language teaching skills of public-school teachers of refugees since January 2017. The project also builds the capacity of education supervisors in coaching skills and in the use of evidence to inform their practice, certifying them with our Certificate of Professional Practice in Evidence-Based Supervision. In 2017-2018, the Improving English Skills project reached 19 supervisors, 192 teachers across 87 schools and approximately 20,000 students, while continuing to support a cohort of 124 teachers involved in the project during 2016-2017. Our case study evaluation found that supervisors now provide more effective feedback to teachers, teachers now use more varied strategies to teach English and enthusiasm for learning among students has improved.

Empowering refugee teachers with language skills for teaching in Lebanon

In Lebanon, we have been supporting NGOs delivering non-formal education to Syrian refugee children since October 2017. Our objective is to build the capacity of teachers to increasingly and more effectively use English as a medium of instruction, better preparing refugee children to enrol in Lebanese schools and universities (where medium of instruction is often English) and to become global citizens. We deliver language courses for teachers, customised to meet the needs and requirements of the teachers working in non-formal education, many of whom are refugees themselves. The face-to-face course is supplemented by online practice of reading, writing, listening and speaking skills, through WhatsApp. Additionally, we build the capacity of teachers to facilitate teacher learning communities (TLCs), as an ongoing sustainable means of teacher professional development.

About the Alexandria Schools Trust

The Alexandria Schools Trust (AST) was established as a charity in the 1950s by the former British owners of three schools in Alexandria which became Egyptian National Institute schools: El Nasr Boys’ School, El Nasr Girls’ College and Victory College. In 2006, Education Development Trust began working in partnership with AST, supporting teacher professional development projects in Alexandria. In 2014 AST merged with Education Development Trust and the AST charitable fund now belongs to Education Development Trust.

Through the AST fund, Education Development Trust delivers projects and programmes which:

  • focus on improving the teaching of the English language and other subjects taught through the medium of English;
  • apply to the Middle East and other countries in the region;
  • reach school-aged children and young people as ultimate beneficiaries;
  • promote cultural relations between the United Kingdom and the countries concerned.

Through our AST fund we have previously:

  • developed and delivered a middle leadership pilot project in Alexandria building the leadership capacity of senior teachers of English to lead teacher professional development within their schools, in partnership with University College London (UCL) Institute of Education (2016-2017)
  • trained teachers of English from across the 40 Egyptian National Institute schools, focusing on building local capacity through developing cadres of teacher trainers (2014-2017)
  • provided trainers for English language teaching (ELT) teacher training courses to the Central Directorate for In-Service Training and Professional Academy for Teachers in Alexandria (2012-2013)