OUR Approach

We believe that teachers are the key to improving the quality of education in even the hardest to reach areas. By harnessing the power of technology, and people-to-people networks across the Commonwealth, we help teachers raise learning outcomes in their classrooms.

Our Approach

We believe that teachers are the key to improving the quality of education in even the hardest to reach areas. By harnessing the power of technology, and people-to-people networks across the Commonwealth, we help teachers raise learning outcomes in their classrooms.

FIGHTING THE GLOBAL EDUCATION CRISIS

While school enrolments have certainly increased in lower-income countries, it is estimated that 250 million children around the world leave school unable to read or write. Everywhere, educators are challenged with overcrowded classes and poor infrastructure and teachers enter their classrooms lacking the skills, resources, and updated practices to provide children with a good education.

We know that teachers have more impact on learning outcomes than any other factor. That’s why our aim is to help teachers to teach better, so that children learn more and have a brighter future.

The Commonwealth Education Trust is collaborating with government and programme partners to roll out its EdTech platform, Teach2030; providing opportunities for professional development for as many teachers worldwide as possible. Through our digital training platforms, we have already effective upskilled more than 10,000 teachers in over 40 countries.

Our goal is to reach 125,000 teachers and impact more than 6 million children by 2023.

We are on a learning journey to ambitiously conquer the tough challenge of delivering outcomes that so many other EdTech programmes have failed to achieve. Our interventions are based on listening to the voices of our learners and identifying their needs. We are continually developing based on feedback from our community and network.

EDTECH AND Blended Learning

An EdTech platform is the most efficient way to achieve scale but the impact comes from the blend of digital and people. Building capacity of existing resources; governments, organisations, officials, headteachers and teachers through digital resources and the tools to implement regular, high-quality and practical professional development.

In this model:

HOW WE MEASURE IMPACT

The statistics on the right are based on a sample of teachers who have completed one of our Teach2030 courses. We have impact surveys embedded in our courses for our international teacher community to respond to help us gather data on their learning. 

We are working on how we can follow these teachers on their journey to gather evidence of the impact this is having in their classroom, and importantly on student learning outcomes. 

Working with our in-country partner Warwick in Africa, we will begin 2021 with a research project led locally in Ghana to collect critical data to demonstrate our impact.

1 %
...of our users feel the course was appropriate for them and their classrooms
1 %
...said activities made them reflect on their own practice

Teacher, Ghana, October 2020

Q: What changes will you make to your classroom practice after this course?

A: I will use the right phrases to my pupils. I have been able to identify my strengths and weaknesses. I have put down plans to help me improve and develop more strategies to overcome these challenges.

OUR FIELD PROJECTS

Scaling-up in Chongwe and Chisamba District , in partnership with the Teaching Council of Zambia

Training Lead Teachers to reach 700 teachers in 24 schools in partnership with Warwick in Africa

Tanzania

Teachers embracing Teach2020 in COVID times in partnership with Coco International

HEAR FROM OUR PARTNERS IN THE FIELD

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Dr. Ebby Mubang: Teaching Council of Zambia and MEMBER OF TEACHER EDUCATION AND SPECIALISED SERVICES (TESS), ZAMBIA

Dr. Ebby Mubanga, Registrar for Teaching Council of Zambia, will scale up the Teach2030 project from initial 2,000 teachers, to reach all registered teachers in Zambia, an estimated 152,000!

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Lucy Kendall: CEO COCO International Children’s Charity, Tanzania

Lucy Kendall, COCO International’s CEO, states the “excellent quality” of Teach2030  courses “We wanted to give our teachers a tangible skill to take away from this time.”

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DIGITAL MARKETING

We know many teachers will want to upskill themselves independently, so we use digital marketing to connect them to our programme.

  • We implement direct marketing campaigns

  • Teachers in lower income countries 

  • Ambassador programme 

  • Strong focus on access

  • Target countries; Zambia, Nigeria, India, Pakistan

In-country partnerships

This is our high impact, high touch model of partnerships where we are working with governments and NGOs to implement Teach2030 as a long term CPD solution.

  • We establish high touch partnerships with strong implementation programmes
  • We connect with Governments, Teaching councils, ministries, NGOs
  • Strong focus on impact and access
  • Existing partnerships; Zambia, Jamaica, South Africa, Tanzania, Ghana

 

Content licensing

Working with existing CPD providers enables us to reach more teachers and impact more children more quickly.

  • We distribute Teach2030 across other platforms
  • We connect with NGOs, publishers, private sector organisations that have an existing teacher network
  • Strong focus on access
  • Existing and potential; Alison, Teacher Platform in India

Scaling-up in Chongwe and Chisamba District in partnership with the Teaching Council of Zambia

Our partnership with the Teaching Council of Zambia is exciting in its scope and great potential to scale. The council has over 150,00 registered teachers; teachers need to re-register every three years, and show proof of accredited professional development courses completed during this time. Teach2030 courses will be accredited by the Teaching Council and provided to all registered teachers as part of their membership.

We officially began our partnership in January 2020 with planning a Phase 1 rollout of Teach2030 courses to nearly 2,000 teachers in the Chongwe and Chisamba districts. Working with national education institutions at government level is one of the most effective ways to ensure sustained and long-lasting change in teacher professional development, and we are delighted to also work with the TESS department (Teacher Education Specialised Services) and the more localised District Education Board Secretaries to bring this programme into the schools they support.

Despite the challenges a Covid-filled 2020 has presented, the partnership has kept moving and is on course to be used as a whole-school CPD in Chisamba and Chongwe districts from January 2021, and to scale up to reach all council-registered teachers in the near future.

Training Lead Teachers to reach 700 teachers in 24 schools in partnership with Warwick in Africa

In July 2020, we were delighted to partner with the NGO Warwick in Africa (WiA), a charitable initiative by the University of Warwick. One of their roles is supporting schools in Ghana, Tanzania and South Africa, through an in-country Lead Teacher programme, which in turn supports over 700 teachers working in 24 schools.

Our partnership aims to bring Teach2030 courses to the teaching community they work with during 2021, starting with training their 31 lead teachers.

We introduced Teach2030 to the lead teachers during their September virtual conference, and have been thrilled to see the enthusiasm and immediate participation from their whole team, receiving regular feedback such as ‘I have found the course so interesting and applicable in my own daily teaching process. I went through the growth mindset course and the next week I found myself changing the language of teaching into a growth mindset especially when my students need feedback.’

We provide a personalised partnership home page for WiA and their teachers, enabling them to enrol in specific courses as well as see information and videos unique to them. In addition, the WiA UK-based programme manager is able to track their progress by accessing the course data for their group through our website.

Photograph : WiA lead teachers with their teacher portfolios after their virtual conference in September 2020.

Teachers embracing Teach2020 in COVID times

Our collaboration with Coco shows how quickly we can team up with partners to get our courses into the hands of the teachers they work with. Coco is a charity working to support education communities in East Africa, and while we had previously been establishing how we could partner together, it was the Covid pandemic that highlighted to Coco the need to swiftly provide support to their 76 teachers in 8 schools and colleges during closures and our partnership began in earnest. 

CEO Lucy Philipson talked to us in April 2020 about how they were deeply concerned about how isolated their teachers might feel during the prolonged school closures, plus how their classroom skills might suffer from not being in the classroom. Teachers were informed about their free access to the Teach2030 courses, and we were delighted by how enthusiastically they were embraced by all. We were able to track progress and give Lucy regular updates through analysis of course digital data.