TELLAL Celebrates its Inaugural Teacher Training Graduation Ceremony

TELLAL has marked the achievements of its first cohort of teacher trainees with a formal graduation ceremony at Atlantis, The Palm in Dubai.

As part of GEMS Awareness Day on 9 September, 2017, TELLAL’s first pre-service teacher training graduates dressed in mortars and gowns to receive their qualification certificates in front of an audience of 1,700 GEMS Education teachers, senior management and the Chairman, Sunny Varkey.

The graduates were awarded their TELLAL/KHDA ATP certificates on stage and were congratulated by Sir Chris Stone, Chief Education Officer for GEMS Education MENESA, Dr Linda Rush, Senior VP of TELLAL Institute and Dino Varkey, CEO of GEMS Education.

On receiving her certificate, TELLAL graduate Farah Clague quoted Dr Seuss saying,

“’Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory’ — the graduation ceremony was a great moment that celebrated my hard work and is now a memory that I fondly cherish.”

The 38 graduates had all been trainees on TELLAL’s Apprenticeship in Teaching Practice programme. The trainees had spent 10 months in a fully immersive teacher-training programme known as SCITT (school-centred initial teacher training), which involves training in a school environment from day one for up to 90% of the training time. The trainees’ in-school practice was supported with teaching theory sessions, mentoring, shadowing, and reflective teaching sessions involving cutting-edge technology including TELLAL’s virtual reality avatar simulation classroom, bug-in-ear coaching and Swivl self-observation.

To pass the Apprenticeship, the trainees were assessed throughout the programme via assignments, teaching practice assessment and portfolio evidence. The graduates include three early years specialist teachers, and a mix of primary school generalists and secondary school subject specialists.

“Every graduate who was looking for employment has secured a job,” said Sheryl Lee Rogers, TELLAL’s Senior Manager for Digital Professional Learning & Development. “Our newly qualified teachers are now working in a variety of primary and secondary GEMS schools, across a range of curricula.”

Continuing the journey towards teacher competence

Earlier this year, the graduates received their Provisional Teaching Competence after passing the newly introduced teacher competence assessments, as part of the KHDA’s pilot. The next step towards their full teaching competence is to build ePortfolios of evidence against the UAE Teacher’s Standards as they grow in teaching experience. They now have three years to meet all of the Teacher’s Standards and gain full competent teacher status.

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