NET Scheme in Primary SchoolsAdvisory Teaching Team (ATT)
Advisory Teaching Team (ATT)
The Government provides support for the PNET Scheme by way of setting up an Advisory Teaching Team (ATT), comprising a mix of NETs and local English teachers. The ATT designs and operates professional development programmes for the NETs and local English teachers as well as conducts school development visits to individual schools. It facilitates the effective deployment of the NET, provides support for the development of innovative/effective teaching strategies and related curriculum resources, and disseminates good teaching practices in language learning and teaching. The ATT also provides peripatetic support for schools with less than six classes.
The ATT’s vision is to enable Hong Kong primary school students to become competent users of English and to enjoy the use of English in a variety of situations and for a variety of purposes.
The ATT’s mission is to create an enriched and effective English language learning and teaching environment in local primary schools through the implementation of curriculum reform, professional development of teachers and the adoption of innovative learning and teaching practices.
ATT in School
The main work of the Advisory Teaching Team is to conduct school visits and to provide on-site professional support to the English Panel for primary schools in the NET Scheme.
A) Professional Development
- Develop Advisory Support Plans (ASPs) for schools to support English language learning and teaching as well as school-based professional development. Plans are varied and they are devised according to the needs of the schools
- Improve learning and teaching through classroom support, reflection and feedback
- Introduce EDB documents or resources and support the development of teaching materials for/with teachers
- Conduct centralised workshops, follow up what teachers have learned from workshops and help them put the knowledge into practice
- Support NETs to conduct school-based workshops
- Support schools in conducting parents' meetings
- Communicate with principals, informing them about the progress of the Scheme within the school
- Support schools in conducting school self-evaluation
- Promote collaboration and networking
B) Learning and Teaching
- Visit schools on a regular basis to support the English programme
- Attend collaborative lesson planning (CLP) meetings
- Give suggestions on innovative teaching strategies and creating an English-rich environment
- Support English activities or events
C) Curriculum Development
- Support schools to develop their school-based English Language curriculum and resources for learning and teaching English
D) Building a supportive working relationship
- Keep close contact with schools through school visits, e-mail, phone calls or fax
- Give advice on deployment issues if necessary