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17 November 2016

NIS SUPER Internship Programme at ERI 2017

Twenty-four pedagogical students, four schools, two weeks, finishing with one great meal at Christ College. An ongoing partnership between the Education Reform and Innovation team (ERI) and Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools, (NIS) Kazakhstan, link to the internship programme with local SUPER schools including Impington, Bottisham, Biddenham Village Colleges as well as the Samuel Whitbread Academy. The NIS SUPER programme's objective is to share professional knowledge and practical expertise within leadership and improvement strategies- an exchange of ideas between two countries in regards to building and sustaining a successful network of schools.

Read more about the SUPER Partnership.

13 November 2017

Faculty and Peking University partnership in Early Years Education

Delegates from China's Peking University have made a visit this November to the Education Reform and Innovation Team at the beginning of a long-term cooperation for Early Years Education. The University of Cambridge Faculty of Education wishes to promote further academic and research links with the China Center for Strategic Studies at Peking University, a partnership which was initiated in April 2017. The focus on this visit is to develop kindergarten head teachers and early year professionals' understanding of education in the UK as well as surrounding policy. This visit consisted of lectures in the Faculty as well as visits to local schools looking at the importance of indoor/outdoor environments as well as 'physical' areas of learning and integrated practices. This will be followed up with a research and scoping visit of the ERI team to Beijing and Jinan in January 2018, before moving onto a long-term agreement with regular visits and interaction. The ERI team is grateful for the help of PhD Students from the Faculty of Education that have assisted with translation and interpretation.

1 June 2017

Invitation to the Vice-Chancellor's Impact Awards

We are delighted to announce that Professor Colleen McLaughlin will be attending the Vice-Chancellor's Impact Awards Ceremony on behalf of ERI on Thursday 13 July 2017.

ERI has been nominated for an Impact Award for their work in Kazakhstan and the contribution the team made to the development of education in the country. Working with a variety of stakeholders, from government institutions to universities, schools and teacher training centres, the impact of ERI's work can be felt as the nation progresses towards the goal of trilingual education.

30 May 2017

Completion of Students' Wellbeing Research Project

The "Interdisciplinary Intercultural Research on Wellbeing in Schools for Health", or Wellbeing Project for short, concluded today after 26 months of collaborative work between Cambridge University Faculty of Education and Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education. In a Thank You letter to the team, PI Dr Ros McLellan mentioned both the hard and often difficult work, as well as the fantastic data that was gathered.

Professor Carole Faucher from NU added: "This project will serve as a solid basis for initiating new ways to support the wellbeing of students of Kazakhstan and to increase the awareness on the need for more research in this area."

5 May 2017

Monitoring and Evaluation of Maths and Science Textbooks in the Sultanate of Oman, Phase 1

This month, field work was undertaken in six primary schools in the Sultanate of Oman by ERI staff. This included focus groups with teachers and students alongside face-to-face semi-structured interviews with teachers. A national survey was also conducted that drew data from every region in Oman.
In more detail, the research team met with 106 people (principals, vice-principals, teachers, and parents) and conducted 10 interviews and 12 focus groups. Grade 4 students were also consulted for their views on Maths and Science textbooks by means of another 12 focus groups. The online survey was delivered in Arabic and English and was completed across the Sultanate by teachers of Cycle One; culminating in a response set of over 400 teachers' opinions of various key features of the current mathematics and science textbooks.
This baseline data collection was a preliminary and timely step prior to the introduction of new textbooks for mathematics and science which have been commissioned from Cambridge University Press and which are currently in design and production to be in service for Grades 1-4 (Cycle One) as of September 2017. A 100-page report was produced on this work by Dr Liz Winter and Dr Natallia Yakavets for Cambridge University Press and the Ministry of Education in the Sultanate of Oman. The report contained not only an Executive Summary but also pointed towards mechanisms appropriate to monitoring and evaluating the new textbooks as they are adopted.

In 2018, Dr Winter and Dr Yakavets plan on returning to Oman for Phase 2 to research new textbooks to compare the old and the new.

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