Commences Partnership with University College London Institute of Education
December 13, 2018
To enhance the work of the Leadership Center,
the Bahrain Teachers College commenced a partnership with the University
College London Institute of Education (UCL). UCL's Centre for Leadership in
Learning operates a program much like BTC's new Leadership Center, which
focuses on providing targeted support to struggling schools. BTC's Center
started in October 2018 and has dedicated itself to working with 17 schools
judged inadequate by the Bahrain Quality Assurance Authority for Education and
Training for three cycles in a row.
UCL utilizes an approach of leadership coaching,
which seeks to encourage school leaders to identify their own solutions to the
problems within their schools. Often, school improvement is considered to be
aided by traditional forms of professional development, in which a lecturer
provides detailed knowledge about evidence, theory, and practice. Coaching, on
the other hand, recognizes that contextual differences within schools are often
so great as to require solutions that are specific to the school and its
leadership. It is a process that empowers school leaders to take action within
their schools based on solutions generated on their own for their school
To begin this partnership, two trainers from UCL
visited Bahrain for a week-long workshop. Mr. Greg Ross and Ms. Sue Hellman
lead such workshops all over the world, as well as within schools in London.
Their visit to Bahrain in December 2018 centered on coaching practice.
Attendees included many BTC faculty members; four Ministry of Education School
Chiefs (who are currently serving as leadership coaches in BTC's Leadership
Center); the Ministry curriculum leader for English Ms. Sahar Almajthoob; four
school principals; and the Ministry's liaison to this project, Ms. Hala Al
Dr. Faten Abdelhameed, Associate Professor in
the Department of Mathematics and Science, attended the workshop and indicated
that coaching will "enable participants to carry out their mission as
change agents with greater confidence." Mr. Salman Zayed, Instructor in
the Department of Education Studies, furthered this sentiment: "This
partnership provides us the opportunity to develop our collective leadership
and school improvement skills."
The partnership between UCL and the BTC will continue
as the BTC's Leadership Center will focus more intensively on whole-school
reform. Mr. Ross and Ms. Hellman indicated their commitment to Bahrain's
educational development and expressed their university's desire in deepening
the partnership in the interest of Bahrain's development.