The backbone of any good school is its teaching staff. The British School is committed to its staff's personal development. We offer our teachers a comprehensive programme of CPD (continuing professional development), to enable them to broaden their knowledge and skills, progress their careers, and stay at the top of their game.
Teachers have the opportunity to study for a Masters Programme in Education with Liverpool Hope University.
Liverpool Hope was chosen as the partner school for three reasons:
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- The university has an excellent track record in teaching
- The programme is focused on inquiry-based learning. This means studies can be related to experience and research within the school.
The British School offers staff the chance to take part in two Middle Leadership Development Programmes, run by the prestigious UK organisation, the National College for Leadership of Schools and Children's Services (previously known as the National College for School Leadership)
The Middle Leadership Development Programmes are run in all schools in the UK. Both programmes offered at The British School - Leading from the Middle and the Aspirant Middle Leader course - are designed to develop best practice in middle leadership across the school. The British School is committed to ensuring that our staff are trained to the very best standards in the UK.
Leading from the Middle
LftM supports the leadership development of middle leaders in five key areas:
Aspirant Middle Leader Courses
- Leadership of innovation and change
- Knowledge and understanding of their role in leading teaching and learning
- Enhancing self-confidence and skills as team leaders
- Building team capacity through the efficient use of staff and resources
- Active engagement in self-directed change in a blended learning environment
This course offers staff the opportunity to reflect upon leadership in an international context and investigate a particular leadership theme pertinent to school and system wide development. It is aimed at those who wish to develop leadership capacity, implementing changes to benefit their school/organisation and share their learning to benefit others. Its objectives are to:
International Computer Driving Licence
- Enable participants to develop their own leadership capacity and that of others
- Ensure participants' schools benefit from knowledge and understanding of leadership practice overseas
- Enable the wider education system to benefit from learning on school leadership through a dedicated dissemination and knowledge management strategy
The British School Al Khubairat offers teachers the chance to take part in the International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL) training.
The ICDL concept is a global computer literacy initiative developed to raise the level of knowledge about Information Technology (IT) and increase the level of competence in using personal computers and common computer applications for all the citizens of the world.
We welcome many high profile speakers to the school throughout the school year, as well as arranging visits to see external speakers. The speaker programme is complementary to the school's CPD programme, and all teachers are welcome to attend.
Our recent speaker programme has included:
- Professor Guy Claxton: Co-director of the Centre for Real World Learning; Professor of Learning Sciences at the University of Winchester UK; originator of the educational Building Learning Power programme; educational consultant; and author or numerous books.
- Jenny Mosley: renowned educational consultant, founder of the Quality Circle Time model; and author of numerous books. Many of our teachers went to Dubai to listen to Jenny speak.
- Chris Quigley: former head teacher, lead inspector and trainer of inspectors, Chris is now a sought-after speaker and author, best known for his work on curriculum development.
- Alistair Smith: one of the UK's leading trainers in modern learning methods, Alistair came to school to speak about his award-winning Accelerated Learning model.
- Many teachers recently went to listen to Mike Jeffries' work on Middle Leadership in Dubai.