The Connecting Classrooms programme offers high quality professional development opportunities for teachers with an emphasis on supporting their students’ development of skills necessary in the 21st century.
Every country in the world needs a high quality, inclusive and equitable school system that creates young people who are able to:
- live and work in a globalised economy
- use their knowledge, skills and values to contribute responsibly locally and globally.
In order to do so, there is growing consensus that school systems need to develop young people with certain core skills and competencies (often known as 21st century skills or ‘Deep Learning’ skills).
Those skills and competencies can be categorised as:
- skills for living in, and contributing to, a fairer world: global citizenship
- skills for working: collaboration and communication
- ways of thinking: critical thinking and problem solving
- key tools – crucially digital literacy
Young people who receive this high-quality education and develop these skills are better able to contribute to the future stability and prosperity of our global society.
WHAT ARE CORE SKILLS?
The British Council consulted a range of stakeholders, drew upon research on the deep pedagogies framework and UNESCO’s transversal skills and decided to focus on supporting teachers to develop their pedagogy in the following six Core Skills: