Steep rise in number of teachers using online courses at Nord Anglia Education

An international schools provider has seen the number of teachers using its online courses to boost their teaching and digital skills rise significantly

An international schools provider has seen a steep rise in the number of teachers using its online courses to boost their teaching and digital skills.

Nord Anglia Education analysed data based on 10,000 teachers in 30 countries and found an 82% increase in the number of training sessions taken between September 2020 and April 2021, compared to the same period last year.

Teachers accessed the courses through Nord Anglia University, the organisation’s online professional development platform, which contains thousands of resources, courses and learning opportunities.

On average, teachers took part in 57 training sessions focused on enhancing their teaching skills during this time.

Courses on teaching skills were the most popular, accounting for 51% of all enrolments during this period, including Teaching Creative Writing, Early Years Pedagogy and Empowering Learners.

One in five sessions (21%) focused on improving digital skills, with popular sessions including Technology for Collaborative Learning, Digital Tools for Student Engagement and Gamification for Learning.

Courses on wellbeing and pastoral care made up 14% of all sessions, with Mindfulness and Wellbeing and Healthy Living courses proving the most popular.

This was closely followed by resources on leadership and career management at 13%, with the most popular courses including Mindful Leadership, Developing Resilience and Managing Through Change.

Dr Elise Ecoff, group director of education at Nord Anglia, said: “At Nord Anglia, education technology is a powerful tool to support teachers’ professional development as well as unlock students’ learning. It is why we have invested in Nord Anglia University, so our teachers have high-quality professional development at their fingertips wherever they are teaching in the world.”

In the UK, Nord Anglia has two independent sixth form colleges (Oxford International College and Oxford Sixth Form College) and one co-educational day and boarding school (d’Overbroeck’s).

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