CORE SKILLS Training Courses: Available in September 2017

What are CORE SKILLS?

When parents and educators are asked “What do we want our children to be like as adults?”, the list of responses usually includes words such as: happy, curious, passionate, resilient, empathetic, kind, creative, a problem solver, a risk taker, a leader, a critical thinker, a lifelong learner. 

However, there is growing consensus that school systems need to be clearer about the purposes of education, with a clearer focus on developing young people with core skills and competencies that relate to the world in which they are living and will live. These are often referred to as 21st century skills and include:

  • Ways of working: communication and collaboration

  • Ways of thinking: critical thinking, problem solving, creativity and innovation, learning to learn and metacognition

  • Tools for working: information literacy, information and communication technology (ICT) literacy

  • Ways of living in the world: global citizenship and civic responsibility, including cultural awareness and competence

Many educators are unclear about the definition of 21st century skills as well as concerned about how to promote these dispositions in an already packed curriculum. British Council has designed a series of courses to support teachers in addressing these concerns. These include:

  • Creativity and Imagination

  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

  • Digital Literacy

This series of courses will help you appreciate that 21st century skills aren’t an add-on to the curriculum but rather, a way of being in the classroom. This training will inform and inspire you to reflect on and make changes to your practice, pedagogy and, where appropriate, curriculum, to develop high levels of skill and competency in the teaching of core skills, and in so doing, in developing global citizens better equipped to thrive in the global market of the 21st century.

CREATIVITY AND IMAGINATION

Creativity and Imagination are essential human capacities, contributing to all aspects of human life and essential skills for the 21st century. While the term is sometimes associated strongly with the arts, where it is indeed a key ingredient, creativity has a vital role to play across the whole curriculum, including STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects.

This course is designed to help you understand how to apply creativity in a range of different contexts and purposes. Our focus will be on strategies that enable you to consciously nurture and develop the creative capacities related to, for example, team work, problem solving and resilience.

Our approach will enable you to apply creativity to challenges and real-life contexts, and appreciate the place of the arts as a driver for creativity.

In this course, you will learn about:

  • The value of creativity and imagination as 21st century skills

  • The range of richness of creativity as an underpinning approach to learning and teaching

  • Ways in which you can nurture creativity in yourself, in your students and with your colleagues

In order to meet the learning objectives, you will:

  • Plan projects, lessons and challenges that promote creativity in learning

  • Relate creative approaches to real-world challenges

  • Understand the issues involved in assessing creativity and undertake meaningful assessment

  • Be enthusiastic about the potential of creativity in learning

  • Collaborate to plan and lead professional development through reflective practice

How to register

  • The 3-day course is open for registration by individual or groups of teachers from schools. Registrations can be invoiced to institutions, or to  MOE schools by e-invoicing through the IFAAS system. Participants should register by either clicking on the email link at the top of the page or emailing Susan, our Administrator, on susan.teo@britishcouncil.org.sg and she will send you the IFAAS form.
  • Participants will be registered on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Names of participants must be submitted in full and will be used for printing of their certificates, to be awarded to them upon successful completion of the course.

Course outline

Day One

In the first day of the course, you will build a working definition of creativity and look for opportunities to be creative in your own work. You will explore pedagogical approaches to encouraging your students’ creativity as well as engage in, observe and analyse creativity in practice.

Day Two

In the second day of the course, you will build on your knowledge from Day One while you examine your role as a teacher in promoting creativity in learning. You will explore methods for assessing creativity. Finally, you will begin planning a project for implementing creativity in your classroom and/or in your school; you will have 10 weeks to work on this project in your school.

Day Three

Ten weeks after Day Two, you will come together to share the work you have done in your school, reflect on each other’s projects and explore the relationship between the creative process and the outcome. Finally, you will identify leadership strategies for taking creativity back into your schools.

Course schedule

SEPTEMBER 2017

07 September 2017 - Day One:

9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

08 September 2017 - Day Two:

9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

17 November 2017 - Day Three:

9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

 

Fees and venue

Full 3-Day Course Fee: SGD 1,500 (excluding GST)

Venue: British Council, Toa Payoh Centre,  #09-01 HDB Hub, East Wing 310480

Terms and conditions

Course fees are required to be paid in full prior to course commencement except for invoices generated using IFAAS.  We reserve the right to cancel the course if the minimum number of participants required to run the course is not met prior to commencement date, in this case written confirmation will be sent to all registered participants 3 days prior to commencement of the course.