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'i – Journey' Paid Non-local Study Leave Scheme for Secondary School Teachers (New Programme on STEM Education) (Extension of the deadline of application - 9 Jan 2018)







      The Scheme aims to create a unique learning experience for participants, where they will start with an inquiry, get inspired in the process, and most importantly, bring an impact on their teaching/ student learning/ school development. “i” refers to the 3 crucial elements of this Scheme – inquire, inspire and impact, and together they make a fruitful learning journey.





  • Enhance teachers’ professional capacity and inspire them with the latest global education developments
  • Promote a culture of research and inquiry in schools that brings positive changes and impact on learning and teaching
  • Create space for teachers to undertake professional development activities on a full-time basis





EDBCM 134/2017





Programme Structure      
  • Pre-trip preparation: a one-week period in Hong Kong for research and development of an initial school-based initiative/ research proposal
  • Overseas experience: four to six weeks of structured learning and school attachment abroad
  • Post-trip consolidation: a two-week period upon returning to Hong Kong for consolidation and finalising a detailed implantation plan and developing research/ teaching materials






Participating teachers will be entitled to:

  • Full-pay study leave, covering pre-trip, overseas experience and post-trip
  • Air passage
  • Course fees, including tuition and course materials
  • Lunch and local transportation (during school attachment only)


Participants’ schools will be entitled to:

  • Funding for employment of supply teacher(s) during participating teachers’ whole study leave period (Please use the claim form below for reimbursement of salaries of supply teachers)                  

Financial Support










Programmes in 2017/18







Programme Location Programme Dates (tentative)

A(3) - STEM Education

(Deadline Extension: 9 Jan 2018)



Exeter, The United Kingdom


Mid April – Early June 2018

(7 weeks)


A(1) -Interdisciplinary Learning & Entrepreneurship Education

(Application closed)


Helsinki & Jyväskylä, Finland


Early April – late May 2018

(8 weeks)


A(2) - Catering for Students with

Special Educational Needs (SEN)

(Application closed)


Melbourne, Australia


Mid-April – mid-June 2018

(9 weeks)










Core requirements:

Application is open to full-time serving secondary school teachers who:

  1. are permanent residents of Hong Kong;
  2. hold recognised teacher qualification;
  3. are regular teachers in government, aided (including special schools), caput or Direct Subsidy Scheme secondary schools at the time of application; and
  4. have no less than 5 years (as at 2 January 2018) of full-time teaching experience in local secondary schools.


Additional preference (For Programme on STEM Education): 

Preference will be given to applicants with past experience in

  1. whole-school STEM education curriculum planning or KLA-level curriculum planning in   Science EducationMathematics EducationTechnology Education;
  2. organising STEM-related activities / coordinating all STEM-related activities at school; or
  3. conducting education research/ action research in STEM education.


(Applicants who have previously submitted an application for Programme A(1) or A(2) may also apply. For details, please refer to – Information Notes to Applicants)














  • Application deadline is January 9, 2018
  • Completed Application Forms should be submitted by email to, followed by submission of hard copies of supporting documents, if any, and the signed Declaration Form by post.  For submission of the completed forms and supporting documents, please refer to the submission procedures on p.1 of the Application Form.
  • Application and Recommendation Forms (e-forms) and relevant documents can be downloaded here. They have also been uploaded onto the Training Calendar System (TCS) (Course ID: PDT020170156)





(For ‘i-Journey’ Paid Non-local Study Leave Scheme for Secondary School Teachers) 


(For ‘i-Journey’ Paid Non-local Study Leave Scheme for Secondary School Teachers) 








For further information about the Scheme, please contact the School Leadership & Professional Development Section, Education Bureau:

Miss Ingrid TO         Tel: 3509 8742 or email:

Mr Ivan LOE            Tel: 3509 8774 or email: 





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