What are International Professional Learning Communities?
International Professional Learning Communities (IPLC) are funded by the Welsh Government and delivered by the British Council in Wales. They align with Welsh Government education priorities, and offer teaching professionals from schools and colleges in Wales the chance to collaborate with schools, organisations and networks in other countries.
Through International Professional Learning Communities, teachers from Wales have the opportunity to visit a country overseas to learn from international colleagues by observing lesson delivery, teaching methodologies and content approach and standards in pupil learning.
Learning exchanges in the past include digital competence in Hong Kong, school leadership in Malaysia, numeracy in India, literacy in Canada, arts in special educational needs in Los Angeles and reducing the impact of poverty on attainment in New York.
Northern Ireland 2018 - applications now open!
This visit, targeted towards schools who'd like additional support to implement the Digital Competence Framework, will allow Welsh practitioners to observe best practice in use of digital technology for cross-curricular learning.
We are working with the Department of Education Northern Ireland and the AmmA Centre; a multimedia creative learning centre which enhances and enriches pupils’ skills and creativity through new pathways such as:
- Digital video editing and camera techniques
- Multi-media design
- Digital story telling
During the visit to Northern Ireland, the delegation will observe a range of digital competence practice through AmmA, the Education Authority C2k project and schools that implement a high standard of digital competence, giving practitioners the unique opportunity observe best practice to inspire their own strategic vision on how to translate the Digital Competence Framework into practice in their own classrooms.
When: 15 - 19 January 2018
For: Primary school practitioners
How many: Up to 6 delegates
Application deadline: 1 December 2017
Due to the availability of schools and organisations in Northern Ireland, the visit is being planned around the dates shown above, therefore you must be able to travel on these dates.
To request an application form and/or if you have any queries please email us or call us 02920 924360
Canada, February 2018 - (applications closed)
‘Languages, Literacy and Communication’ is the largest of six areas of Learning and Experience (AoLE) within the development of the new curriculum in Wales.
The 2018 IPLC visit to Canada, in conjunction with British Council Canada, aims to explore innovations in languages, literacy and communication (LLC) teaching and strategies for developing:
During the visit, the delegation will observe a range of languages, literacy and communication practice through leading organisations and schools that implement high standards of teaching. This should inspire new approaches to improving practice that will transform into Welsh school practice and lead to the development of new strategies to develop students’ 21st century skills.
The visit programme will chiefly aim to:
- Develop effective methods to prepare the teaching workforce to meet the challenge;
- Analyse the impact of whole-school strategies on pupils’literacy;
- Develop more effective pedagogies across all languages offered in the curriculum;
- Gain support in developing creative teaching materials and build sustainable partnerships for innovating and sharing ideas for effective teaching practice.
When: 17 – 24 February 2018 (subject to change)
For: languages, literacy and communication Practitioners/ school leaders
How many: up to 6 delegates
Application deadline: Friday 6 October 2017
All participants will be expected to attend a pre-departure briefing and provide up-to-date biographies for Canadian institutions in advance.