UK expert conducts workshop for BTEC teachers

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TWENTY teachers at the Business and Technology Education Council (BTEC) yesterday attended a one-day workshop which reviewed the structures of the BTEC business programme done to date at secondary schools.

The workshop, called “Getting Ready to Teach”, was conducted by Pearson (UK) Education Limited in collaboration with the Ministry of Education (MoE) at the Radisson hotel.

The group of 20 teachers from 13 government secondary schools who attended were from BTEC’s level two International Hospitality programme.

According to the MoE, the workshop is the second of its kind held since the implementation of the BTEC programme in 2011.

The workshop also looked at the assessment methods and sample assessment materials, reviewed the quality assurance and grading models, and provided teachers the opportunity to ask subject specific questions to the BTEC Hospitality programme expert from Pearson (UK) Education, Dr Michael Coram who is a standards verifier and lead examiner for programmes in various sectors of Hospitality.

As an experienced Quality Management Reviewer and International Centre Approval Officer, Dr Coram works in collaboration with Pearson BTEC centres to deliver first class education and training in Asia, South-East Asia, the Middle East, the Caribbean, India and Africa.

The MoE said Dr Coram looks forward to working with Brunei teachers, engage with them and share his expertise to assist their continuing development.

Acting Senior Special Duties Officer at the Department of Schools Marina Chek Bujang said: “Teachers play a critical role in providing quality assessment as part of the teaching and learning process for our students. It is essential that teachers focus on the evidence-based BTEC coursework with integrity, that is, teachers must always bear in mind that when they plan their lessons or write their assignment briefs, they should be student-centred.”

She added both teachers and students should know where they are in their learning, where they are going and how to get there by using the BTEC assessment grading grids as the most useful guides.

The BTEC programme is coursework-oriented and based on individual students’ portfolios.

Marina said the assessment grading grids for the BTEC programme will help to promote more productive student learning which can empower students to cultivate independent learning skills according to their talents and pace of learning.

Hence, the award of certificates for BTEC programmes is an ongoing process which depends on the progress and completion of the coursework by the individual students, the MoE press statement said. The MoE said it has been five years since the BTEC programme was first implemented via the SPN21 system at Year 10.

Since January, 519 students have registered under the Cohort 6 Level 1. The MoE said although it is still too early to make any conclusive judgements, programmes have been running smoothly and teachers and parents have been showing greater awareness, understanding and acceptance towards the various educational programmes introduced through the SPN21 system.

Currently, there are 30 government secondary schools throughout Brunei offering between one to two BTEC programmes at various levels simultaneously in one cohort.

The Hospitality programme, is offered at 13 schools at different levels ranging from Level 1 Introductory to Level 2 Diploma, with a total of 273 students under the supervision of 22 teachers.

BTECs are career-based qualifications by Pearson (UK) Education Limited, designed to give students or learners the skills they need to move on to higher education or go straight into employment.

BTECs come in different levels, from Entry Level (Foundation Learning) right through to professional qualifications at Level 7 (equivalent to postgraduate study).

Currently, only Level 1 to Level 2 Diplomas are offered at government secondary schools.

To date, about 2,000 students have successfully completed the BTEC Level 2 Extended programmes under Art & Design, Business Administration, IT, Hospitality and Sports.

While some of them have continued their studies at the Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE) or private institutions, some have been recruited under the Royal Brunei Armed Forces, among others.

The Brunei Times