Singapore Experience

Welcome Chartered Teachers Conference 10th May 2008

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Agenda/Topics to Be Covered
 How I got involved  Visiting Group members  Singapore  MOE Background  School Visits  Reflections

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How I got involved?

 Random e-mail  Chartered teacher  Elaine Pasternak / Addie Thomson  Completion of LTS application  Acceptance/meeting

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Who’s Who
 Leadership Study Group  16/ Various Councils/ QIO/ Deputes/Dept Heads/

Chartered teachers / teachers/ primary and secondary

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Singapore

 The Red D

T  What It Is,

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Benefits Review
• Total land area 240 sq. miles • Population - 4.5million Major ethnic groups – Chinese, Malays and Indians. • Climate – Hot and Hotter • Language - English, 98% literacy English as first language • GDP – $169 Billion
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MOE Background
 Educational Development in Singapore  Overview of System  Recent Initiatives  Educational Leadership in Singapore  Educational Leadership Development &

Management Framework [ 3Ls]  School Cluster system  School Excellence model
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Educational development
 3 phases since 1959 to present  Ability based / Aspiration driven phase  Educational landscape of peaks and troughs  Human resource  World Class Education System

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Overview
 Budget of S$7.5 billion ≈ 3.4% of GDP

 535,000 students in 360 schools  137,000 students in Post-Secondary Education

Institutions (PSEIs)
 29,000 teachers in schools; 8,800 academic staff in

PSEIs

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Education Structure
University (3 - 4 years)

JC (2 years)

Poly (3 years)

ITE (2 years)

Secondary School (4 - 5 years)

Primary School (6 years)

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Recent Initiatives
 More pathways/choices  Provide Holistic experience  Inculcate Global Outlook  Provision of Special needs  Supporting teachers

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Supporting Teachers
 Teachers carefully selected from top 30% of cohort  Introduced Growth, Retention, Opportunities and Well-being

(GROW) package for teachers

Growth: Sabbaticals (up to 6 months) for teachers with 12 yrs of service, Learning and Development Scheme for all teachers. Recognition: Additional benefits to recognize teachers for their years of service Opportunities: More promotional grades, enhance Teacher Specialists track Well-being: Enhance part-time teaching scheme, augment manpower resources

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Leadership
 Context for Educational Leadership in Singapore  Philosophy for Educational Leadership in

Singapore
 Leadership Development and Management

Framework (3-L Framework)
 School Cluster System  School Excellence Model (SEM)  Academy of Principals

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3 L Framework
 Lead (Identification

and Selection)  Learn (Training and Development)  Leverage (Systemic Support)

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TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT DIVISION PM Monday 7th
 Staff Training Branch  Teachers Network

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Staff Training Branch Acronyms Awards Passion
 Supportive & Nurturing Environment  Professionalism  Interdependence  Continuous Learning  Excellence  Spirit of Adventure

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Acronyms Awards Passion
 School Staff Developer (SSD)  Structured Mentoring Programme

(SMP)  In-service Training Programmes
 Planning & provision of in-service

courses & programmes  Professional Development Continuum Models (PDCM)  Development Opportunities for Teaching Track
 E-systems (TRAISI, VITAL, TLRP)  Professional Development in MOE

HQ via BE Niche Std (People)

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Teachers Network

Valuing People Open to Learning Integrity Commitment Excellence

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Learning Circle Teacher Work Attachment Teacher Renewal Staff Well-being TN Workshops Teachers’ Conference 2008 TN Publications Induction Programmes for BTs & PRC teachers PAT & OYEA/TN Awards Read @ TN iCARE TN Home Page/Websites - TWA, SWB, Bluesky, PoT
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Victoria School am Tuesday 8th
 Strong tradition  Gentleman, Professional Sportsman  Nil Sine Labore  Young innovative principal  Profile  Enthusiasm, Pride  ICT excellence

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St Andrew Meeting with Master Teachers pm Tuesday 8th
 Master teacher Chinese term  More experience /older teacher  Mentor  New pedagogies

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National Institute of Education am Wednesday 9th

 Teacher training courses  Leadership courses  Future school  Genetics department tour

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Beacon Primary Wednesday pm
 Future school ICT centre of

excellence  Primary neighbourhood school  School tour  ICT rooms/ Broadband connections  Video suite  CCA

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St Margaret’s am Thursday
 All Girls religious school  Flag raising ceremony  School tour  Awards  Lesson observation Maths  Respect  Centre of excellence for Art

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Punggol Primary am Thursday
 Primary neighbourhood  Centre of excellence for science  Lesson observation genetics P5  Lesson observation less able P1 phonics

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Hwa Chong Institute/ Ong Teng Cheong Leadership Thursday pm
 Cutting edge “ maverick school”  Profile

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