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What we do

Professional development teacher study visits. Residencies. Teacher training activities and CPD courses. Student study and research programmes. International teaching practice placements. Study tours. High school student programmes. Education consultancy. Creative workshops. Documentation. Resources.

Our work

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We host, facilitate and run professional development study visit programmes for teachers who visit us from the UK. These programmes enable teachers to gather information and teaching resource ideas to use and share on their return to their schools. These are residential visits which run for between 6-14 days. Each study visit is developed to suit the key stage, curriculum requirements and interests of the group of teachers. The objectives of these visits are to increase first-hand experience of a different country and culture in order to enrich many curriculum subjects; Geography, History, Knowledge and Understanding of the World, Religious Education, Citizenship, Sustainable development, and science.  The visits will also explore Art and Creativity in the Indian context, will develop an understanding of the Indian Education system, and will strengthen the Global Dimension.Visits can include a study tour element.

We work alongside Universities delivering student study and research programmes to groups of visiting students and trainee teachers. These programmes develop aspects of undergraduate courses through exposure, experience and activities to focus discussion, in collaboration with the University teaching faculty.

We plan, run and deliver Science, Biology and Geography teacher training activities and CPD courses for teachers from schools local to our centre in Bangalore.

We work closely with local schools, placing visiting groups of student teachers for a short International teaching practice professional placement. These visits involve a week of orientation at our centre before beginning the teaching placement.

We work with the staff of secondary and high schools on programmes which enable exposure to another culture and country, and allow for development of subject specific case studies.

We run creative workshops which are run for children, or adult groups. Our craft and art workshops are designed to suit the interests and skill level of the visiting group developing the skills of working with clay, ceramics, painting, drawing, sculpture, string and paper crafts. We often work closely with dance teachers and musicians on these activities.  Our science based activities use waste and found-objects to demonstrate and explore scientific ideas and phenomena.

We run residencies for creative people, ideally with a focus on themes that interest us – engagement with socially, environmentally or educationally relevant ideas, explorations of the rural locality and its changing and traditional cultural context, Bangalore city and its change and development, or inter-disciplinary art forms. The residency programmes provide a quiet and calm space for working independently, an open opportunity to experiment and work with local materials, and the chance to connect and interact with new ideas and concepts.

Our education consultancy work involves conducting school monitoring and evaluation visits, conducting needs assessments, reporting on most significant change and development of educational websites.

We have developed a range of resources for sharing with visiting teachers, educators and students. These include a photo resource pack, an artifact resource pack, and a science teaching resource bank.

We undertake documentation projects of our local cultural context, which involves film work, written images, and interviews.

Our activities are chosen by visiting groups in order to shape a programme which suits their interests.

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