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With the advancement of private education, teaching is emerging as an attractive career in Sri Lanka and the world over. In addition to being a rewarding career, teaching is considered by many as a profession that provides a good work-life balance. One of the main draw backs for young aspirants in taking to teaching has so far been the lack of opportunities in career progress. Gateway Graduate School (GGS), the higher education and professional development arm of the Gateway Group that is supported by the network of Gateway Colleges has addressed this issue by offering teacher training and education qualifications through partnerships with prestigious international institutions: The Pearson Edexcel for Diplomas and Higher Diplomas for Secondary, Primary and Pre-School Teachers, Cambridge for the Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT) and Microsoft for the Microsoft Certified Educator (MCE) certification

Summary of the Teaching qualifications offered are:

  1. Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND in Early Childhood Education and Care: This qualification develops students as professional, self-reflecting individuals able to meet the demands of employers in the early education and care sector and adapt to a constantly changing world. The qualifications aim to widen access to higher education and enhance the career prospects of those who undertake them. Full time work placement in early education and/or care settings can be arranged through the Gateway network of schools and centres.

    Entry requirements: Advanced Level (local/UK) qualification or its equivalent such as the Foundation Diploma at Gateway.

    Duration: Two years of part-time studies

    Career progression opportunities: Upon the successful completion of the programme, students can also progress directly into employment. The skills offered as part of the qualification can provide graduates with the opportunity to work in many different areas of the early education and care sector.

  2. Pearson BTEC Level 4 Professional Diploma in Teaching and Learning: This newly updated qualification is equivalent to the first year of a Degree and includes modules such as Soft Skills for Careers in Teaching, Principles and Values in Teaching and Learning, Personal and Professional Development Through Reflective Teaching Practice, Further Personal and Professional Development Through Reflective Teaching Practice, Assessment Methods in Education, Creative Development in Teaching and Learning, Use of Resources in Teaching and Learning, Pedagogical Use of ICT, Supporting the Independent Learner, Introduction to the Philosophy of Education, Sociological Factors and Education, Creating the Positive Classroom Environment and Effective Behaviour Management.

    Entry requirements: Advanced Level (local/UK) qualification or its equivalent such as the Foundation Diploma at Gateway.

    Duration: One year of part-time studies

    Career progression opportunities: Upon the successful completion of the programme, participants can progress in their teaching careers or gain entry into the teaching profession. Academic progression opportunities: Successful participants can progress on to the Pearson BTEC Level 5 Professional Diploma in Professional Diploma in Teaching and Educational Management

  3. Pearson BTEC Level 5 Professional Diploma in Teaching and Educational Management: This newly updated qualification is equivalent to the first year of a Degree and include modules such as Educational Psychology and The Learner, Evaluation of the Learner Performance, Educational Professional Practice, Principles in Curriculum Design for Inclusivity, Evaluation and Assessment of Structured Learning, Action Research in Teaching and Learning, Educational Leadership and Management, School Counselling, Language across the Curriculum, Coaching and Mentoring for Teachers, Portfolio of Professional Practice and Digital Learning in Practice.

    Entry requirements: GGS’s Pearson BTEC Level 4 Professional Diploma in Teaching and Learning or a recognised degree qualification or a recognised diploma qualification with one year’s relevant work experience

    >Duration: One year of part-time studies

    Career progression opportunities: Upon the successful completion of the qualification, participants can progress on to senior teaching and administrative positions within the education sector.

    Academic progression opportunities: Successful participants can progress on to the University of Nottingham’s MA in Education offered through GGS after completing the Level 6 qualification

    In addition to the above qualifications, we also offer short programmes related to teaching:
    • Pearson BTEC Level 4 Professional Award in Soft Skills for Careers in Teaching (Duration - One Month)
    • Pearson SRF BTEC Level 4 Professional Certificate in Teaching and Learning (Duration - Three Months)
    • Cambridge Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT) for Teaching English as a Foreign Language (Duration - Three Months)
    • Microsoft Certified Educator (MCE) certification validates that educator have the global educator technology literacy competencies needed to provide a rich, custom learning experience for students. MCE certification is ideal for educators-in-training, faculty of teacher training colleges, and in-service educators (Duration – One Month)

Registration for the above qualifications is now on. Further details can be obtained by calling Sheral/ Rasika - 0772256356, 0777060157, 11 2695103 or by writing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Additional information about the programmes can be obtained by visiting the website of GGS http://gatewaygraduateschool.com

Gateway Graduate School, Pearson Edexcel and the University of London in collaboration with the University of Nottingham Malaysia, Macquarie University and RMIT University will host the fourth consecutive International Forum for Teachers (IFT) at BMICH, Colombo, Sri Lanka. As with the previous year, due to popular demand, the conference themed ‘Reach, Teach, Guide: Teachers Make the Difference’, will be repeated over two days on the 20 th and 21 st of September 2019.

The IFT conference, is the first of its kind and is open to all teachers of the state, private and international schools of Sri Lanka and regional countries. IFT’s mission is to assist in developing world- class teachers through global partnerships, collaboration and dialogue. The annual conference of the IFT offers delegates the opportunities to network, exchange best practices and gain an in-depth understanding of the rapidly changing environments of school education from a global perspective.

The Theme - ‘Reach, Teach, Guide: Teachers Make the Difference’

Keeping in line with the past conventions of IFT, this year’s event too will include presentations from eminent international and local speakers with wide global exposure, panel discussions and networking opportunities. The 2019 conference specifically considers the imperative role that teachers play in counselling and supporting learners to make decisions and solve problems related to personal, communal, national and global matters. This topical theme was developed by the conference organisers due to the increasing expectations on educators to go beyond their subject-matter expertise to help students realise that conventional notions of knowledge, skills and competences are being redefined continuously.

The International Forum for Teachers 2019, will focus on addressing the following broad enquiries:

  • How can teachers develop sensitivities and abilities to create positive learning environments and relationships to support their students deal with educational, personal and social challenges?
  • How can all educators acquire the calling and skills to guide their students successfully to the next level of their lives–university and career–through counselling and mentoring?
  • How can counselling be the responsibility of all educators and not be limited to a designated member of staff?
  • How can teachers proactively resource information and knowledge to help students gain better self-awareness, set positive aspirations and be self-directed as well as resilient lifelong learners?
  • Moderator of the IFT 2019 Conference

    Prof. Dr. Ganakumaran Subramaniam - Head of the School of Education, the University of Nottingham Malaysia

    Speakers at the IFT 2019 Conference

    Snr. Prof. Udith K. Jayasinghe-Mudalige - Dean – Faculty of Agriculture and Plantation Management, Senior Professor and the Chair of Agribusiness Management, and Director – Staff Development Centre, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka

    Mr. David Kaye - International Teacher Trainer, Education Consultant and Coach

    Datin Dr. Cynthia Yolanda Doss - Associate Professor of the School of Education, the University of Nottingham Malaysia and Director of Training at the Malaysian English Language Teaching Association (MELTA)

    Dr. Alberto Luis August - Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Master of Education Programme of the School of Education, the University of Nottingham Malaysia

    Mr. Rukshan Perera - Music Director, Composer and Performer

    Panellists at the IFT 2019 Conference

    Ms. Kim Insley - Programme Director, PGCE: Teacher Development, the University of London and Lecturer, University College London (UCL) Institute of Education (IOE)

    Emeritus Prof. Colin N. Peiris - Director - Academic Development and Quality Assurance, SLIIT, Professor Emeritus - University of Peradeniya and Council Member - Asia Pacific Quality Register

    Kalashuri Dr. Channa Wijewardene - Founder and Dance Director – Channa-Upuli Performing Arts Foundation

    Mr. Dulith Herath - Founder & Chairman of Kapruka.com, Co-Founder of Grasshoppers and Eisenhower Fellow