TES Institute Staff Development Hub

TES Institute Staff Development Hub

GEMS Founders School Dubai, is proud to have been recognised as the world’s first international ‘TES Institute Staff Development Hub’ by TES Institute, a leading teacher training and development provider in the UK.  This is in recognition of our commitment to staff professional development from early career teachers to lifelong teacher learners studying at masters level. This partnership enables us access to a range of staff development and training resources. As a hub school we host TES Institute events and provide support and guidance to TES Institute course learners in other schools across the GEMS Network in the MENA region.

Early Career Teacher Induction at GEMS Founders School

As an ‘Outstanding’ British School Overseas, GEMS Founders School is registered to induct Early Career Teachers (ECT) as part of the statutory programme as set out by the Department for Education (DfE) in England.  ECT induction includes a professional learning pathway known as the Early Career Framework and is the development and support provided to newly qualified teachers to enable them to be the most successful teachers they can be for their learners.  This offering includes assigned coaches, professional learning activities and opportunities for research and reflection.  TES Institute has been our nominated appropriate body since 2019, and in this role they provide quality assurance of our ECF provision, ECT support and reporting to the TRA.

Professional Learning for All

TES Institute offers a number of professional learning courses for aspiring and in-service teachers and teaching assistants.  Please see below further information of their offering.

Quote GEMSF in your application to any of the below courses.

Please click the course title below for more information:

International Teaching Practice

This course offers preparation and support to those new to international teaching or those making the move overseas. If you’re working in an international school and want to develop your teaching practice within an international and intercultural school context, then this course could be perfect for you. 

International Teaching Assistants Course 

This course offers aspiring and in service TAs offers three level 3 qualifications; award, certificate and diploma. This is suitable for those learners looking to move into their first TA position as well as for more experience TAs who want to advance their skills.

International Post Graduate Certificate in Education 

This course provides masters level learning that supports teachers to improve the quality of teaching, subject knowledge and pedagogy within the context of international school systems and carries  60 Masters’ level credits. Based on the English national curriculum, it has been designed to be applied across a range of English language curricula including International Baccalaureate, Cambridge International or a blend.

Straight to Teaching (for those requiring preparation to achieve QTS)

This course is delivered through a mix of in-school experience and online learning and theory, enabling learners to develop teaching strategies and prepare a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate the meeting of English Teachers’ Standards.

Assessment Only route to Qualified Teacher status 

This 12-week course provides participants with the opportunity to be assessed against the Department of Education (DfE) Teacher Standards and be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status. 

MA in Education with Pedagogy  

The course is a top up for people who already have 60 masters credits form earlier study and aims to help learners develop their knowledge of pedagogical practices and conduct research into a chosen aspect of education.

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