Programme Summary

Higher Education is an important stage of formal learning following the achievement of secondary education. However, today, once a diploma or a degree has been obtained, many professionals decide to participate in structured courses locally and internationally as part of their continuous professional development. This is imperative for professionals in any role to meet the unceasingly changing demands of society and the industry.

This training is aimed at helping teaching staff increase their professional, social and intercultural skills and employability. It is also an opportunity for teaching staff to gain competences in addressing the needs of pupils with disadvantaged backgrounds. Given the current context concerning young migrants, refugees and asylum seekers, this programme focuses mainly on areas that assist teaching staff achieve results with refugee children, intercultural classrooms, teaching pupils in their second language, classroom tolerance and diversity.
Such competences will equip teachers and trainers to manage the constant change being faced with, and will also contribute to their motivation and job-satisfaction, leading to social cohesion and well-being of all involved.

In light of the above, this programme has been developed in line with the European Framework on Key Competences for Lifelong Learning that allows teachers and trainers develop and update their key competences throughout their professional career. This takes place while learning the appropriate provisions made for young people who, due to educational disadvantages caused by personal, social, cultural or economic circumstances, need particular support to fulfil their educational potential (Recommendation of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2006 on key competences for lifelong learning, 2006), and so that later on in life, they may achieve personal fulfilment and development, active citizenship, social inclusion and employment.

Objectives

The objectives of this course include:

  • Becoming familiar with Psychological Theory of Contribution;
  • Grasping the most appropriate Teachers’ Behaviours in the Classroom and Strategies for Nurturing Inclusion in the Classroom;
  • Developing skills for Facilitating Challenging Conversations in the Classroom;
  • Mastering Classroom Ground Rules: A Culture of Inclusion and Respect;
  • Helping ALL Students Flourish.

Course Programme

Time:               10:00 – 16:00

Date:                21st August, 2017

  • Conceptualising culture, diversity and inclusion
  • Limitations of educational strategies
  • A policy for inclusive education – A new strategy
  • European requirements – what are the European Reference Framework for Key Competences
  • An overview of literature and theory including:
    • Theory of planned behaviour
    • Contact Theory
    • Labelling and Attribution Theory
    • Social Exchange Theory

Time:               10:00 – 16:00

Date:                22nd August, 2017

  • Understanding own limitations / strengths, beliefs and perceptions of diversity
  • Working to overcome own shortcomings ? Reflect, gather feedback and refine approach
  • Learning the art of negotiation
  • Managing difficult situations in class

Time:               10:00 – 16:00

Date:                23rd August, 2017

  • Barriers as a result of stereotypes
  • Ensuring equality amongst students ? Create an environment that embraces diversity
  • Synergize: 1+1 = 100
  • Exploring the benefits of an inclusive perspective
  • Promoting a growth mind-set

Time:               10:00 – 16:00

Date:                24th August, 2017

  • Define purpose of discussion and create a structure
  • Enhance the development and improvement of:
    • Critical thinking skills;
    • Analysing skills; &
    • Communication skills to face challenging conversations
  • Promote an open and honest culture within the classroom
  • Encourage participation through different techniques

Time:               10:00 – 16:00

Date:                25th August, 2017

  • Assess current ground rules
  • Identify new ones that can be implemented
  • Instil a culture of respect, tolerance and support within the classroom
  • Helping ALL Students Flourish
  • Communicate with Parents of culturally diverse children by:
  • Understanding different cultural styles
  • Providing support for parents
  • Involving parents and encourage them to participation at home
  • Integrate different languages
  • Identify a suitable pedagogy approach: Transmission Model vs Experiential Model
  • Positive behaviour and motivation in the classroom
  • Choosing the right assessment methods for all student

Trainers

Charmaine Sultana

Charmaine Sultana has worked in human resources for the past decade gaining considerable experience in various sectors including services, manufacturing and retail in leading companies both locally and internationally.

Charmaine earned an M.Sc. in Organisational Psychology from Birkbeck College, University of London, an Honours Degree in Psychology from University of Malta and a Diploma in Management from Maastricht School of Management. During her time at Birkbeck College, Charmaine was awarded the best dissertation of the year and was later invited to present her research project in a number of academic workshops, universities and consultancy firms. She has also gained certification in Level A (Ability) and B (Personality) Psychometric Testing.

Charmaine’s specialisation is in the dynamics of working relationships, the development and coaching of individuals in new roles, and interventions at the individual, group and organisational levels for continuous development and effectiveness of individuals, teams and organisations alike. This is backed up by both her academic achievement as well as her years of experience in the HR and Management field.

Charmaine delivers courses in: Awards in aspects of Work Psychology; Customer Care; HR and Employment Law; Leadership and Management.

Reece Delia

Reece Delia is in the possession of a first-class Bachelor in Commerce in Accountancy and Banking and Finance from the University of Malta. He then further pursued his studies within the aforementioned institution, attaining a distinction in his Master in Accountancy in 2016 and joining the firm soon after.

Apart from his passion for accounting, Reece is also interested in the fields of cultural diversity, cross-cultural negotiations and multiculturalism. This is the result of his love for languages, being professionally competent in seven European languages. Having had several experiences working and interacting with people from across the globe, including his two cultural exchanges in France in 2014 and 2015, as well as his post as liaison officer and interpreter for the delegation of Gabon during the Valletta Migration Summit held in November 2015, he has taken a further keen interest in the field of cultural diversity, in which he is specializing further.

He has therefore started delivering particular modules on the topic with respect to two main courses offered by Equinox Academy: Negotiation Skills; and Leadership and Management.

Fees

€350

The full 5-day information-packed programme comes at a price of €350 per participant. This includes tuition and training material. The price is exclusive of VAT.
This course may be funded under the ERASMUS+ Programme. For more information, please see page 9 of the brochure above.

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This course may be funded by the ERASMUS+ Call for Proposals: Key Action 1: School Education Staff Mobility: http://eupa.org.mt/erasmus-programme/mobility-of-individuals-key-action-1/school-education-staff-mobility/

This call would cover costs related to travel, subsistence, course fees, special needs support, as well as exceptional costs.

To apply for funding, contact your National Agency, information and contact details of your National Agency may be found on the following link: https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/contact_en

The deadline for the Call for Proposals is 2 February 2017 at 12:00 (midday Brussels time).

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Equinox Academy is licensed as a Higher Education License Institution (License number 2015-005) by the National Commission for Further and Higher Education.

Sessions

Sessions for this course will be held both in Malta and in Sicily as follows:

Malta Programme: 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th and 25th of August 2017.
Sicily Programme: 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th September 2017.

Location

Equinox Academy, 36, Archbishop Street, Valletta, VLT 1447