NET Scheme in Primary Schools
Centralised Professional Development
One of the major tasks of the Advisory Teaching Team (ATT) of the NET Section is to provide centralised professional development workshops and seminars to all English teachers, including NETs. It is expected that the participants will disseminate the ideas gained from the workshops and seminars in their schools and implement them in the classrooms.
B) Workshops and Experience Sharing Seminars
Since the start of the Primary NET Scheme, the ATT has been conducting workshops and experience sharing seminars on various English language topics to meet the changing professional needs of teachers. From September 2002 to June 2017, 878 sessions were held and 27,990teachers (in terms of head counts) were trained. Professional development programmes will continue to be delivered on a weekly basis by the NET Section. Some popular topics will be re-run and some new ones will be introduced based on teachers’ needs.
The evaluation results for the workshops and experience sharing seminars have been consistently high. The average rating for the 2016/17 workshops was 5.38 on a 6-point scale. The workshops and experience sharing seminars have been well received by the participants due to useful and practical content.
D) Way Forward
The ATT will continue to provide professional development for both NETs and English teachers in primary schools. The workshops will focus more on the practicality of the topics and provide skill-based training with the aim of helping teachers acquire the necessary teaching strategies to improve the quality of the learning and teaching of English in their schools. During school visits, our Advisory Teachers will continue to provide classroom support to teachers in applying the skills they have learned in the workshops.
E) Professional Development Programmes for 2017/18
Detailed information may be accessed through the EDB Training Calendar System (http://tcs.edb.gov.hk).