Signing of the MoU (10 December 2013) between Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove MP and Rabbi Shay Piron, former Minister of Education | Photo Credit: Nimrod Saunders
Routes to Excellence is a nationwide teacher-training programme developed by the British Council in Israel together with the Israeli Ministry of Education to raise the level of English learning in Israel. Routes to Excellence is a 5-year programme supported by a signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the UK and Israeli governments expected to reach the majority of English teachers in Israel by 2018.
- Raise the standards of English teaching in Israel
- Deliver standardised needs-based teacher education in line with the approved in-service course framework
- Ensure a clear and systematic continual professional development track for teachers
Routes to Excellence is built on a cascade model. Ministry of Education Inspectors identify suitable teachers to participate in a training course run by British Council teacher trainers. Selected teachers participate in intensive training to make the transition from teacher to trainer by developing skills in running effective workshops, conducting peer observations and giving constructive goal-oriented feedback through a micro-training model.
Newly accredited lecturers cascade their learning to English teachers by delivering British Council 30-hour in-service teacher training (INSETT) courses for up to 25 English teachers, who receive a Ministry of Education accreditation (gmul) upon completion. The cascade model promotes personal career advancement.
As a result of this training, currently over 300 teachers are taking part in British Council Learning Technologies courses offered in teacher-training centres (pisgaot) throughout the country.
Course registration and information
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