• 57 Participants from 26 Institutions benefited from Tamkeen’s TEPS Programme
    ideas - Manama,07/11/2010

    A total of 57 participants from 26 educational and training institutions, both private and public, completed their training in under the Training and Education Performance Support (TEPS) Programme launched by Tamkeen early September 2010.

    The six workshops completed so far covered various topics that included Leadership for Middle Management, securing Value for Money; making the most of the resources available to school, developing Action Research skills to improve teaching & learning, running a super learning day; making the teaching of English exciting and engaging to students, the magic of making training fun, and Quality Mark standards for KGs.

    As for job levels of those participants, 44% belongs to Management, 44% instructors and 12% admin and support, with the majority (81%) coming from the private sector, compared to 19% from public and semi-government institutions.

    Senior Manager, Human Capital Development, Amal Ishaq Al Kooheji, stated that the TEPS Programme aims to train a total of 400 Bahrainis working in the education and training sector including schools, training institutes, colleges & universities, nurseries and kindergartens. TEPS meant to support training and education service providers (TESPs) working in Bahrain at 3 levels; management, trainers and instructors, and administration & support. It focuses on upgrading the capability and ability of TESPs to professionally respond to new and emerging requirements of education and human resource development and acquire the skills necessary to help them match the growing demands of organisations and individuals, and to continuously improve their training and education offerings and service. “The 28 workshops offered by TEPS cover 11 learning areas which are: managing training and education institutions, instructional & teacher effectiveness, assessment and evaluation of learners, training needs analysis, quality management systems, creativity and innovation, coaching for trainers, marketing of training and education services, training and curriculum design, special education and inclusion, and training ROI”, she added.

    Calling on individuals and institutions working in the training and education field to benefit from TEPS, Dr. Nader Al Mallah, MD itcan Consultancy - the assigned Programme Manager- stressed the fact that seats are limited for each workshop under this programme, and thus acceptance is made on first-come first-serve basis after confirming eligibility according to the criteria and standards stipulated by the programme. Al Mallah stated that 61% of all seats had already been booked while registration for the remaining seats will continue till all are reserved. “We have received so far 354 applications for the 400 seats, 284 were accepted, 42 declined, while the remaining 28 are being processed.” says Al Mallah. “It is a real achievement to receive such a high number of applications (88% of the programme’s total seats) in less than 2 months, since registration started.” He added.

    According to Tamkeen, candidates welling to join this programme can submit their applications either online through the TEPS Programme official website (www.tamkeen.bh/teps), or by contacting the Programme Manager; itcan Consultancy and Public Relations, who will take all necessary steps to get eligible candidates registered on time.
     

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  • Aiming to raise quality standards at foundation level, TEPS runs “Quality Mark for KGs”
    ideas - Manama,31/10/2010

    A unique workshop on quality systems and standards for kindergartens was recently completed under TEPS Programme. A total of 11 participants from different KGs in the private sector participated in this 3 days workshop which was a practical training led by Alexa Kowalski, who is an experienced education consultant and trainer at Tribal, UK. Alexa is also a member of the national Quality Mark Programme team, and holds the responsibility of monitoring and supporting QM within a number of regions in England as well as working directly with local authorities, schools and early years providers to support improvement.

    Successful implementation of the key principles and core processes covered during the workshop could be recognized if desired, by applying for a Tribal external assessment to validate the improving educational practice and provision, leading to achievement of a ‘Quality Mark’ award.

    The workshop focused on enabling participants to understand the ‘Quality Mark’ as a framework of quality standards and indicators covering provision and practice in developing the skills of young children, particularly in communication, language and mathematical development; apply Quality Mark standards to structure use of effective self evaluation as a tool to support continuous improvement and to validate good practice; demonstrate use of the framework in practice, including how to: audit current provision and practice assess young children’s abilities and achievements and plan ‘next steps’ in their learning develop action planning monitor progress evaluate impact, and have an understanding of how future accreditation with a ‘Quality Mark’ award can be achieved, if desired and the next steps required.
     

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  • A 100% Satisfaction Rate on “Running a Supper Learning Day”
    ideas - Manama,14/10/2010

    Marked with a 100% satisfaction rate, the third workshop under TEPS had been successfully completed on Thursday 14th of October, 2010. The workshop presented a variety techniques and approaches towards enhancing the learning environment with a main focus made on making the teaching of English exciting and engaging to students.

    Over 3 days of joy and learning, participants were equipped to deliver a super learning day aimed at young learners so that they have a positive learning experience and get prepared fully for their English Language examinations. The concept of delivering super learning days is to provide an interactive, fun and absorbing learning experience which is freed from the traditional classroom experience.

    The workshop was delivered by Mrs. Philippa Ronan, a Tribal expert, with a full engagement of participants who experienced the impact of exciting teaching innovation and learnt how to organize such an event themselves. “There is no better way of understanding the impact of a super learning day than to be taken through the process”, says Ronan.

    Philippa Ronan is an experienced teacher and examiner having over twenty years experience in UK schools. She has written four books including the Essentials of GCSE English and Aiming for A*. Philippa is a guest speaker at both Sheffield University and Sheffield Hallam University. Her workshops are known to have an 85% success rate in raising pupils’ performance by at least one grade.
     

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  • Led by Professor Jean McNiff: Raising education standards through Action Research
    ideas - Manama,11/10/2010

    A featured workshop aiming to help practitioners develop their action research skills was conducted under TEPS Programme during the period 9-11 October 2010. With 9 senior participants belonging to 8 professional institutions, the workshop was delivered in an interactive manner that contributed towards enriching the outcomes and gains of this learning experience.
     
    The objective of this workshop is to enable participants to make contribution to new practices and knowledge in education, support them to improve their classroom practice, promote the enjoyment of learning, and raise the standards in their education system.

    The workshop was delivered by Jean McNiff ; Professor of Educational Research at York St John University, UK; Honorary Professor at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa; Visiting Professor at Ningxia Teachers University, China; and Adjunct Professor at the University of Limerick, Ireland. McNiff’s books on action research are used as textbooks on many professional development courses. She closely works with teachers and academics who are studying their practices in schools and universities, and supervises many for their master and doctoral degrees.
     

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  • 3 Days for “Securing Value for Money” successfully completed
    ideas - Manama,05/10/2010

    The second group of TEPS participants had today, 5th October 2010, successfully completed their workshop on “Securing Value for Money”. Participants came from 8 different institutes, with a majority (63%) from the training sector; BERLITZ Bahrain, BIHR, Flextrain, Um Al Darda Quaranic Studies Centre, BIRD, Bright Beginnings Day Care & Child Development Centre, Abdul Rahman Kanoo International School, and Golden Trust Training.

    The workshop was delivered over a period of 3 days, were the first day focused on strategic management, second day on procurement and contracting, and the last day on school workforce. Topic covered during the 3 days included analyzing strategic planning, developing ideas and practices that will lead to improvement in ‘value for money - VFM”, taking strategic thinking beyond just money and cost saving, focusing ideas on solutions that cut across all school management decisions, examining processes for achieving VFM when undertaking purchasing, developing a strategic approach to manage large contracts and service level agreements, and analyzing the structure of the school’s workforce.

    The main objective of VFM workshop was to enable participants to make the most of the available resources to their institutions. A number of templates and analysis tools were provided by the trainer for in-class practice as well as to be used at the workplace.

    The workshop was delivered by Martin Creasy, M.A. in Applied Research in Education, from Tribal, who possesses a deep experience in school inspection. Until 2002, Martin worked for Cambridgeshire Country Council, before he joins Tribal as Director of Primary Support Services and consultant within the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Before entering the private sector, he was a successful headteacher of two large primary schools and has held a senior management position for Cambridgeshire as a general inspector in primary and nursery education. In Tribal, Martin led and participated in many projects including school improvement activities across the age range 3-18; governor development; school self-evaluation; RFI; BSF; Academies and asset management.

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  • 9 participants successfully complete their first workshop under TEPS
    ideas - Manama,23/09/2010

    A total of 9 Bahrainis belonging to 7 training and education institutions have successfully completed their first training workshop under the TEPS Programme, titled “Leadership Training for Middle Leaders”. The workshop started on 21st and was completed on the 23rd of September 2010 at the Mercure Grand Hotel, Seef.

    The topics covered in the workshop include: coaching and mentoring, performance management, self-reflection and awareness, confidence and competence, engagement and collaboration, and research, analysis and evaluation.

    The workshop was delivered by Caroline Pardy from who joined Tribal, UK, in September 2008. Carline has tremendous school based experience and a track record of success in both middle and senior leadership. Her areas of expertise include curriculum innovation, timetabling, vocation courses, building the capacity of senior and middle leaders, assessment for learning and raising attainment. This is in addition to her deep experience of curriculum redesign and review.

    The participants in this 3 days workshop came from Bayan School, Golden Trust Consultancy, Genetech Training Institute, Arad Intermediate Schools, London Training Center, Bahrain Training Institute, and Ahliya University.
     

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