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PROFESSIONAL LEARNING
COMMUNITIES (PLC)

Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) have been organised as a framework for promoting professional learning for teachers.

PRIMARY CLIL
PROGRAMME

Since 2012, CfBT Brunei has been leading a CLIL-based pilot project in a small number of primary schools.

IGCSE ESL ADVANTAGE
STUDENT SUPPORT PROGRAMME

IGCSE AdVantage is a national programme with students from all secondary schools across Brunei participating.

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Professional Learning communities (PLC's)

PLCs are facilitated by a combination of CfBT and Bruneian teachers in primary and secondary schools and clusters throughout Brunei.

Primary CLIL Programme

Since 2012, CfBT Brunei has been leading a CLIL-based pilot project in a small number of primary schools.

IGCSE ESL Student Support Programme

IGCSE Advantage is a national programme with students from all secondary schools across Brunei participating.

ELT PROJECTS
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CfBT Learning, Leading and Development Opportunities

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CfBT is committed to the continuing growth and development of its teachers. Not only is this an essential part of our capacity guarantee to the Ministry of Education, it is also an essential part of our ongoing and dedicated support to all our CfBT educators. We offer a range of informal and formal development opportunities with ranging degrees of financial assistance for all.

CfBT, as part of its contract, also partners with the Ministry of Education annually on a range of national educational initiatives and programmes.

CfBT teachers, without exception, contribute to these proactively as qualified and experienced specialists in participant, support or lead roles. Our project lead and support roles are advertised internally, to our professional teaching experts in Brunei, and are remunerated based on the scope and detail of work required.

Our teachers have been involved as national teacher trainers for O Level and IGCSE ESL, national assessment writers, school and cluster-based professional development facilitators, programme and materials developers and student support programme delivery specialists.

CfBT provides newly arrived teachers with a theoretical and practical language awareness mini-course to extend professional knowledge and skills for immediate classroom use and impact. It aims to support new teachers in the delivery of their programmes in the Bruneian context.

Established in 2012, the Tropical English Teacher (TET) Fellowship supports educational community outreach programmes in ASEAN countries and India. CfBT provides teachers with a $500 sponsorship to volunteer their time during the school holidays to communities and countries in development. Teachers are normally provided with room and board in their host community in exchange for teaching in local schools or teacher training assistance.

CfBT has established links with a number of schools with our teachers having volunteered their time and expertise in a range of contexts, communities and countries including India, Thailand, Indonesia (Bali and Java), Laos, Cambodia and Nepal.

The Tropical English Teacher (TET) blog evolved from our popular CfBT TET Journal. The TET Journal was created in 2009 as a way for teachers to share their knowledge, expertise, tips and tricks with others across the country.

Published four times a year, it showcased CfBT teachers’ academic study and research findings, classroom-based practitioner and action research, lesson plans, student extra-curricular events and activities, and inspirational stories. This journal lives on in blog form with teachers continuing to contribute their old and new knowledge to the wider CfBT community.

Malay language courses are offered at beginners level each year with intermediate courses on offer according to demand. The course features survival Malay, classroom language, staffroom language and the language of school administration.

The Malay language course is run by our CfBT Training and Learning Centre (TLC) and all teachers are fully funded for one such course.

Partnering with our CfBT Training and Learning Centre (TLC), we run the Cambridge CELTA course annually and on-site in our Bandar Seri Begawan (BSB) centre. We also provide access and support for those wishing to undertake their Distance DELTA.

Both courses are significantly funded by CfBT, allowing teachers to further enhance their teaching skills and acquire externally accredited and internationally recognised ELT qualifications.

Building on the original Platov Awards, CfBT makes funding available to teachers undertaking relevant distance learning postgraduate degrees. These degrees are typically based in New Zealand, Australia, the UK and Canada. Teachers share the knowledge gained with the wider community via the TET blog.

Since 2016, we have extended this support through the creation of a partnership with UBD in which CfBT teachers can undertake Brunei based postgraduate study. Supervised by UBD academics, teachers hone their research skills and make significant contributions to the Bruneian educational knowledge base.

CfBT Education Services is a registered Cambridge Centre and as such is able to provide all teachers with personal passwords and access to all areas of the CIE website. This is especially useful to those teachers involved in teaching the O Level and IGCSE ESL syllabi. The site provides access to their entire bank of past papers, mark schemes and examiner’s reports together with current syllabi and planned changes.

CIE also run on-line certificated courses linked to a range of syllabi. CfBT teachers have access to these courses and are fully funded by CfBT.