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Teachers left behind as Italians head overseas

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Italian secondary schools are becoming more international. In 2013 there was a surge in students going abroad to study – 55 per cent more than in 2012 – and 68 per cent of schools were participating in international activities, Claudia Civinini writes. The process, however, seems to have left some teachers behind.

This is what emerged from the National Observatory on School Internationalisation and Student Mobility’s 2015 annual report. The organisation was created by the Italian non-for-profit student exchange association Intercultura, with its surveys conducted by market researchers Ipsos.

The report gauged the internationalisation of Italian secondary schools by canvassing 480 teachers and 63 head teachers on their involvement in international projects such as student exchanges and international work experience for teachers. On the whole, it seems head teachers are satisfied with the internationalisation process. But while students and parents are enthusiastic, some teachers are still hesitant.

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Visa changes hit teen learners

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Overseas 16–18-year-olds lose right to enrol in state-funded schools, reports Melanie Butler

A change in UK immigration rules, reported in the press as removing work rights from international students at state-funded further education (FE) colleges, appears to also hit a wide range of provision for 16–18-year-olds. The main changes, based on the information provided in a statement by immigration minister James Brokenshire to the House of Commons, and the new rules laid before parliament shortly before going to press, are outlined below.

Work rights

Students at state-funded FE colleges will lose the right to work ten hours a week, bringing them into line with the private sector. A Home Office statement to the press that work rights were removed because ‘officials had detected early signs of increased fraud at some publicly funded colleges’ was not referred to by the minister.

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Malay teaching project forges ahead

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To date, over 3,000 primary English teachers from the east Malaysian states of Sarawak, Sabah and Labuan have benefitted from the English Language Teacher Development Project (ELTDP) mentoring scheme, and now students and local families are getting involved too, Fiona Wright writes. The project is supporting the Malaysian Ministry of Education to make a step-change in the quality of English teaching in the country.


The main ELTDP project aims to improve the teaching and learning of English while raising teachers’ English proficiency, to increase the use of teaching aids and encourage the involvement of parents and the local community. The project focuses on developing teachers’ own reflective practice, allowing them to identify areas to explore within their mentoring relationship. One hundred and twenty mentors have been placed across east Malaysia, often in very rural areas, each working with a cluster of schools in an area.

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Indonesia improves its interoperability

DEDICATED UNIT Indonesian UN military observers with their English teacher Lieutenant Dahlan at a training centre in Jakarta (Courtesy Colm Downes)

Colm Downes describes an Anglo-Indonesian collaborative project with global reach

 In Indonesia the British Council’s Peacekeeping English Project has just entered its third year. Funded by the UK Ministry of Defence, the reach and scope of the project is expanding, moving from specific English language support for the Indonesian Peacekeeping Training Centre to a range of English language initiatives across the Indonesian security and defence sector.

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New Skills for Life launch

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Matt Salusbury explains how Esol qualifications are about to change

By the time you read this, the official sign-off on England’s new state-sector Esol Skills for Life qualifications will have occurred, and awarding bodies can start to promote them. As we went to press, there was a lot of detail available on the new qualifications and to what extent they will be funded – but it was all waiting for that final thumbs up from the government’s Skills Funding Agency (which funds England’s Esol) and others.

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