Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) have been organised as a framework for promoting professional learning for teachers. PLCs are facilitated by a combination of CfBT and Bruneian teachers in primary and secondary schools and clusters throughout Brunei. The goal is to develop teaching practices through a focused and measurable process which results in improved professional practice and therefore improved outcomes for learners. This continuing professional development model is grounded in teachers leading teachers.
Our Brunei PLC model was adapted from the national model developed by our parent company Education Development Trust (formerly CfBT) in Wales and is defined as a “group of practitioners working together using a structured process of classroom enquiry. The enquiry focuses on a specific area of learning and teaching to improve learner outcomes (learning.wales.gov.uk/yourcareer/PLC). A key feature of this process of professional learning is that it directly links to classroom practice and focuses on an area selected by the teachers themselves.
Primary CLIL Programme
Since 2012, CfBT Brunei has been leading a CLIL-based pilot project in a small number of primary schools. The project involves the professional training and development of English-medium subject teachers in CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) Pedagogy and practice through a dedicated and distinct professional development and support programme sensitive to the local educational context and grounded in Brunei and school-specific needs.
The CLIL project focuses extensively on the necessity for all subject teachers to recognise the importance of, and their growth in, being both language and literacy teachers in addition to being the traditional conveyors of content knowledge. Critically, the project also identifies and underscores the role of the learner which, together with strategic CLIL delivery, drives the development and improvement of student language capabilities and content knowledge.
The core goal is to raise student achievement in English language and literacy across English-medium core subjects. This is achieved through the design and delivery of professional training to core subject teachers, supporting them to develop and extend their classroom knowledge and best practice methodology in the delivery of content, language and literacy. Central to the professional training is the promotion of local solutions to collaborative joint working practices. By strengthening the teaching in and across subjects, we strengthen the learning taking place.
IGCSE ESL AdVantage Student Support Programme
IGCSE AdVantage is a national programme with students from all secondary schools across Brunei participating. The core objective of IGCSE AdVantage (Ad from the Latin ‘towards’ and Vantage ‘position of strategic advantage’) student support programme is to increase the number of students who achieve a Grade C (Credit) in their external examination. The programme is designed to ensure standardised, strategic and sustained support to target threshold students through a series of cluster and school-based activities led by passionate CfBT teacher facilitators. Activities build student confidence and skills, including learner independence, and tailored, quality resources help support programme delivery.
The programme, delivered over a six-month period in cluster and school-based blocks, builds on prior learning and sets ambitious but achievable performance goals for participating students, motivating learners to strive for their academic best.