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Build Africa is an international NGO with offices in the UK and supporting organisations in Kenya and Uganda. It aims to improve the quality of education and support livelihoods by developing the capacity of communities. Build Africa works with communities stretching across several regions in Kenya enabling school communities to improve the quality of education they provide for their children.
Subject Excellence (USAWA) Project
Consultancy Terms of Reference:
Teacher Learning Circles content refinement and training of trainers
- Subject Excellence (SE-USAWA) Project
Build Africa’s work in Kwale, Kenya has focused on improving the quality of primary education in 72 schools in Msambweni, Lunga Lunga and Kinango Sub Counties, prioritising ensuring good quality learning experiences, and especially that of disadvantaged girls. The SE-USAWA project supports this goal with the aim of ensuring that teachers have subject knowledge and pedagogical skills that foster inclusiveness for marginalised learners and enable sound learning outcomes. It will equip teachers with the necessary specific subject knowledge and the right skills and methodology to engage all children across P4-P8 primary levels.” It will focus on literacy and numeracy. It has been designed to follow the outline below:
- Formation of a Subject Excellence panel to serve as a lead technical and advisory panel for the pilot
- Preparatory work on content development to support learning through Teacher Learning Circles (TLC), focused on literacy and numeracy subject specific and pedagogical skill development for teachers in 10 pilot schools in Kwale.
- Training of trainers in TLC pedagogy and subject expertise skill development therein.
- 20-40 days of school level assessments using the curricular framework and the subject-specific content as the framework for assessment.
- Teacher Learning Circles (12 sessions during the pilot phase) to help teachers develop and practice their new content knowledge expertise and pedagogical skills.
- Consultancy focus
- Intended consultancy goals
- The consultant will produce two training packages, in consultation with the project’s Subject Excellence panel, for use in training trainers (and later in training teachers) in how to use TLC to build their skills. The training packages will be:
- Reading in an Inclusive Classroom (for Swahili and English topics)
- Learning Maths in an Inclusive Classroom
The consultant will then train the project and project affiliated partners in how to use the training packages to carry out blended learning activities for teachers to help improve their content and pedagogy knowledge and skills and undertake early monitoring of training uptake. The consultant will also provide some mentoring support via brief assessments of early teacher trainings and TLCs.
Consultancy tasks and timeframe
February 2018-May 2018
Level of effort: Anticipated to take 45-60 days.
Desk Research on TLCs and the Subject Excellence Project
This consultant will use the following documents to shore up his/her understanding of TLCs and how to create content for them.
- Learning To Read in a Healing Classroom Guidance Notes
- Learning To Read in a Healing Classroom Trainers’ Toolkit
- Learning To Read in a Healing Classroom Teachers’ Guide
- Learning To Read in a Healing Classroom TLC Guide
- Learning Maths in a Healing Classroom Teachers’ Guide
- Subject Excellence project documents (including proposal and Gantt)
- Work of the past consultant
- Teacher Learning Circles: An Introductory Guide for the Subject Excellence Programme
Skills and qualifications of Subject Excellence Trainer.
- An advanced degree in Curriculum Development.
- Experience in teacher training especially Teacher Learning Circles (TLCs).
- Experience in Training of Trainers (ToTs).
- Knowledge and experience in developing appropriate training materials and modules in a participatory process while maintaining clear oversight and control over the quality of content.
- Previous experience of undertaking using didactic and participatory methods suitable for adult learners.
- Child Safeguarding
- It is essential that the successful applicant familiarise self with, and sign up to abiding by, Build Africa’s Child Safeguarding Policy. We reserve the right to conduct background checks for all shortlisted applicants in line with our child safeguarding policy. This may include collecting references from past employers or commissioning organisations. ٴ