A teacher trainer has teamed up with Cambridge University to improve the quality of teaching across the globe.

Sunderland’s Evidence Based Education (EBE) has been working with Cambridge Assessment International Education to publish a fresh review of the education sector’s recruitment and retention crisis.

The Sunderland-based training business, which was awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Innovation last year, is leading the review to change the face of teachers’ professional development.

The plan is to give educators a career-long and personalised framework for improving practice while helping them understand how to nurture their staff and improve the overall education experience.

The review, which was released earlier this month, has concluded that teacher feedback is crucial to achieving better student performance, and highlighted four key areas that educators around the world should focus on to improve their quality of teaching.

Professor Rob Coe, EBE’s director of research and development, said: “The strong link between the quality of teaching and student outcomes has been widely proven and if we get professional development right, the impact it can have on the culture of schools and the quality of learning could be transformational for generations to come.”

“When great teachers want their students to learn complex tasks, they don’t only describe what those tasks look like.

“They break those tasks down into small chunks, support their learners and provide constant feedback. If we want teachers to learn how to become better teachers, then they too require constant feedback and a practical toolkit to help them grow.”

The review marks the first step to creating the Great Teaching Toolkit, which will be a free to download guide to professional development within the education sector, helping teachers in the UK and overseas understand how they can improve the quality of their work.

EBE was founded five years ago to deliver both online and on-site training to teachers and schools nationally and internationally.

It was set up by Professor Stuart Kime, an academic and former teacher, and Jack Deverson, who is qualified in Chinese and German, with the aim of delivering teacher training which would have long-term benefits for schools and colleges.

Co-founder Jack, who is now EBE’s managing director, added: “As a growing self-funded business, I’m incredibly proud of what our team continues to achieve, even in these difficult circumstances. We’re delighted to be doing it all from the North East too – which is fast establishing itself as a hotbed for innovative, fast-growing businesses.

“We’re constantly striving to improve the lives of teachers and the quality of education, and while we laid a strong foundation last year, the nature of this project is a really exciting one. We hope to launch the toolkit next year, and our intention is that it will be free to use for teachers around the world.”

EBE has been supported since its move to the city early last year by Sunderland City Council and Councillor Graeme Miller, leader of Sunderland City Council, said the company was one of a in the region which is making an impression worldwide.

Councillor Miller said: “Evidence Based Education is just one of hundreds of innovative businesses in the city flying the flag for the North East across the globe and we are delighted to have been able to support them on their journey.

“To have received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Innovation last year and then to be working on a global project with as reputable an organisation as Cambridge University is a huge feat for a business established just five years ago and is testament to their ingenuity and hard-work.

“They’re fast becoming a success story not only for Sunderland but the wider region and we’d like to wish them the best of luck as they look to the future.”



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