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Professional Development

CHIREC PD Programme

CHIREC recognizes that our teachers must lead by example and provides numerous professional development opportunities to sharpen their existing skills and to cultivate new ones. We train our faculty to be passionate about teaching, and to work together towards the goal of a collaborative, cohesive and wholesome education.

CHIREC has its own in-house professional development programme for teachers where we provide latest trainings every month focussing on the following 5 areas:
• Curriculum & Pedagogy
• Educational Leadership
• Counselling & Human Development
• Special Education
• Counselling & Human Developmen
• Human & Organisational Learning

All year round, CHIREC conducts in-school as well as online professional development workshops and provides teachers opportunities to attend reputed conferences such as the IB World Conference and Connected Learning. We also invite in-house as well as industry experts to guide our teachers in the latest teaching practices and standards of global education.

Cambridge Certification Programme

CHIREC is also the first school in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana to be authorised as a centre for Cambridge Certification Program in two categories - Teaching & Learning and Educational Leadership. We kickstarted our first session in July, 2020, for educators across India. Our programme focuses on empowering teachers in the classroom while giving them the freedom to customize practices suitable for their social, cultural, and educational context.

The most significant factor determining the quality of students’ learning outcomes is the quality of teaching and school leadership. To ensure this, it is important for teachers as well as school leaders to keep abreast with the best practices in teaching-learning as well as leadership. This is possible through continuous professional development which results in consistently good performance of students. It is important to constantly reflect and evaluate the effectiveness of the teaching inputs to ensure best learning output.

The faculty comprises Ms. Sanchita Raha, Cambridge Diploma Holder, and Ms. Shirisha Kondury, Cambridge Certificate holder.

The Cambridge PDQs will help practising teachers and educational leaders to:
• Engage critically with relevant educational thinking and international best practices
• Apply new ideas and approaches in their own practice
• Reflect on and share experiences and outcomes to plan further development
• Improve the quality of their students’ learning

These will help schools to:
• Access quality accredited professional development programmes locally that are cost effective and meet individual and school needs
• Establish and nurture school-based professional learning communities
• Promote continuing and collaborative professional learning in school life and culture
• Ensure that professional development is planned, experienced, and evaluated as an integral part of school development

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who are the qualifications for?


    The CICTL & CICEL are programmes meant for practising teachers and education leaders. The qualifications are relevant to all general education teaching and learning contexts. They are key to the professional learning experience of Cambridge schools, teachers and leaders, as they engage with Cambridge Primary, Cambridge Secondary 1, Cambridge Secondary 2 or Cambridge Advanced.

  • Who designs and teaches the Cambridge PDQ programme?


    Cambridge Professional Development Centres are training providers. CAIE assures quality and approves centres to design and run a Cambridge PDQ programme. The Programme Leaders are accredited by CAIE which certifies that they have qualified as Programme Leaders to run the centre.

    The Programme Leaders design their programme using the Cambridge PDQ framework. They run their programme to meet the needs, priorities and local context of their school(s), teachers and leaders, within CAIE guidelines and quality assurance procedures.

  • What does the Certificate involve?


    A typical Certificate programme run by a Cambridge Professional Development Centre consists of a broad balance of activities, appropriate to the needs and circumstances of teachers and their schools. The programme is planned by the centre’s programme leader and team as a coherent sequence of learning over time, with a variety of elements.

    Each module of CICTL & CICEL comprises the following:
    • 50 hours of guided or face to face learning
    • 50 hours of Individual and collaborative learning
    • 50 hours of work-based learning (to be done in the respective schools)

    Total learning hours in preparation will be 150.

    Guided Learning sessions will be held every Saturday for a minimum of 3 hours, over a period of 12-14 weeks.

Curriculum & Pedagogy

Workshop on Framing Inquiry Questions

A workshop on Framing Inquiry Question was conducted for the faculty members of International Section on October 14, 2019 by Ms. Swapna Kannedi, Middle Wing Coordinator, and Ms. Sony Sharma, Global Perspectives and TOK Facilitator. Ms. Swapna led the discussion on to the process of inquiry and the reason for teachers to model questioning and help students in inquiry-based learning. Ms. Sony discussed about various aspects of a good inquiry question. She explained all the important features with the help of an example. Teachers worked in their subject groups, created a set of inquiry questions on a specific topic and presented in front of their fellow colleagues.

Writing reflections for Project-based Learning

Ms. Snehalatha Tolasati, Academic Coordinator, conducted an interesting workshop for the CBSE Primary and Secondary teachers (Kondapur & Gachibowli) on how to write their reflections on Project-based Learning (PBL) on September 28, 2019. Teachers were advised to choose topics keeping in mind real world issues that give students a chance to think critically and find solutions to those problems. They discussed the multiple intelligence theory that can be incorporated in PBL. Teachers were also given 15 reflection strategies to help students retain information.

Geometric and Spatial Relationships, Operations and Algebraic Thinking

Ms. Manjusha Gadamsetty, Director of Sprouts School, to conduct an interactive workshop on Mathematics for Primary and Pre-primary teachers.The session provided some detailed insights into shapes, geometry, and spatial knowledge with reference to geometry. It emphasized the importance of inculcating a number sense and algebraic thinking among students to help them develop love for the subject.

From Click to Mortar

An interactive session on Digital Trends in Classroom was conducted by Mr. Shantanu Paul, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Talent Sprint. The session helped teachers gain insights into technology that can be being integrated in the classrooms to make teaching more interesting. He explained how education is becoming a consumer product and by combining education with entertainment, students will be engaged in learning with pleasure which will help them retain more information. He also explored the concept of a flipped classroom, where by reversing the traditional learning environment, the focus on the students in the classroom is enhanced.

Workshop on Notebook Correction and Maintenance

Ms. Shalini Singh Hamilton, the Headmistress of Middle and Senior Sections, conducted a workshop for the teachers on Notebook maintenance and Correction. The emphasis was laid upon the timely and appropriate correction of assignments by the teachers while ensuring that the students are maintaining their notebooks well by filling the index, writing the heading and the date, writing in good handwriting, etc. Teachers were encouraged to appreciate good work done by the students and give clear and detailed feedback on their assignments. Ms. Hamilton also insisted on checking the Additional Help assignments promptly, sharing feedback with parents, and maintaining a record of students` performance.

Educational Leadership

Workshop on Active Learning

Ms. Cinymol, Headmistress - International Section, conducted a workshop on Active Learning for the faculty members of the International Section on October 16, 2019. The session discussed misconceptions regarding active learning, the checklist to be kept in mind while planning, and the actual practice to be executed. The teachers participated actively and shared their ideas and thoughts. The coordinators and the principal gave their valuable inputs.

Workshop on Improved Learning Objectives

A workshop on Improved Learning Objectives was conducted for the faculty members of International Section by Ms. Shirisha Kondury, IBDP Coordinator on October 16, 2019. The session started with a LIE Triangle that led to a discussion about the three important elements in planning: Lesson Objectives, Instructional Strategies, and Evaluation. Changes in any one of them affect the other two elements and hence all three need to be planned together.

Having a clear Learning Objective helps teachers plan content, design assessments, and devise instructional Strategies. It also helps students direct their efforts and monitor their own progress.

The session concluded with teachers giving examples of learning objectives for different subjects and getting feedback on how it can be improved. In tune with the modern ways of communication, the workshop was summarized with three things:
AIM: Assessment/End in Mind
KISS: Keep it Simple Stupid
LOL: Learning objective that lasts long

Cambridge Learner and Teacher Attributes

Ms. Shalini Singh Hamilton, the Headmistress of Middle and Senior Sections, conducted a workshop for the teachers on `Cambridge Learner and Teacher Attributes`. The session emphasized on five attributes that the Cambridge students and faculty members must possess:

  1. Confidence: Students should be confident while working with information and ideas – their own and those of others. Teachers should be confident while teaching their subject and engaging each student in learning.
  2. Responsible for themselves, responsive to and respectful of others.
  3. Reflective as learners, developing their ability to learn and practice
  4. Innovative and equipped for new and future challenges.
  5. Engaged intellectually, socially, and professionally and ready to make a difference.
  6. At the end of the session, an exemplar lesson plan which would lead to development of these attributes in the students and teachers was shared and discussed.

Learning Spectrum

CHIREC organized an engaging session on Learning Spectrum for CAIE teachers conducted by Ms. Alokaparna Das, Head Content, TTF, Ms. Sandhya Shivaprasad and Dr. Reeshma Suri, Senior Coordinators, Training & School Support, TFF. The first half saw the discussion on the aspects of 21st-century learning - learning environment, expectations of a learner, and how one can become a good teacher. They emphasized on collaborative work and how it can be used in the classroom. The also shared deep insights into teaching outside the classroom.

Intelligent Interactive Panel for Education

Mr. Pradip G Kalshetty, Sr. Engineer, conducted an informative session for teachers on the Intelligent Interactive Panel for Education. He gave his insights into the Intelligent Interactive Panel that helps teachers play a significant role as mentors towards building future leaders. He also explained how to use this Panel to make children inquisitive and explorative, fostering better understanding of concepts.


An in-depth and interactive workshop on Numeracy skills was conducted by Ms. Shreevidya Ramachandran, Coordinator, Training & Teacher Support, TTF for Pre-primary teachers. The session saw a lot of hands-on activities based on concepts and skills appropriate for the Early Years.

Counseling and Human Development

Smart Parenting and Teaching

A session on smart parenting and teaching was conducted by Dr. Savita Date Menon, Clinical & Health Psychologist. The session emphasized on how students can be made accountable for their actions, how negative motivation is the wrong approach toward bringing desirable changes, the importance of developing skills instead of focusing on scoring marks, and the need for teachers to be a source of encouragement for students.

POSCO Act – Good Touch, Bad Touch

CHIREC in collaboration with Early Childhood Association organized a workshop on the protection of children against all kinds of abuse to raise awareness amongst the school staff about the POCSO Act and the importance of teaching children the concept of Good Touch, Bad Touch. Teachers were provided insights into the importance of interacting with students daily to know if they are okay, the need to sensitize everyone about the safety of children, and how to de-stigmatize these issues and break the silence, and the correct way to approach the situation if it may arise.

POSH - Prevention of Sexual Harassment

An in-depth session was held by C. Anusuya, DCP, W&CSW, Cyberabad, to educate and create awareness among the staff on The Sexual Harassment of Women at the Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 also known as POSH. The workshop included a detailed overview of what sexual harassment is and its legal definitions, why women don`t complain about the harassment, how to handle sexual harassment complaints and maintain a positive work environment.

Special Education

Learning Disabilities

The session conducted by Ms. Madhavi Adimulam, Special Educational Needs Professional, gave insights into the identification and detection of the learning disabilities in children and how it can be improved through occupational therapy. She introduced the teachers to dyslexia, dysgraphia, etc., and shared her expertise to enhance teaching strategies and techniques to give children an inclusive environment.

Workshop on Inclusive Education

CHIREC hosted a Capacity Building Workshop on Inclusive Education for its teachers in collaboration with Mrs. Shailaja, Principal of Tatva Global School and Mrs. Anuradha, Principal of CRPF Public School. The Workshop was conducted to raise the awareness on the importance of equality, overcoming discrimination and prohibit any kind of harassment and victimization of any child with special needs in school.

Human and Organizational Learning

Etiquette in Communication

A workshop on Etiquette in Communication was conducted for the teachers by Ms. Shalini Singh Hamilton, Headmistress of Middle and Senior Sections. She discussed the various modes of communication (face-to-face/phone call/e-mail) that a teacher uses to interact with the parents, students, colleagues, and the non-teaching staff/support staff and emphasized the importance of being courteous, polite, and respectful. Teachers are encouraged to listen to opinions of others and do their best to understand the circumstances and use appropriate language and discretion while dealing with people on different issues.

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