Integrated Teacher Capacity Development Programme (ITCDP)
Amongst numerous determinants of education quality and learning outcomes, getting a qualified and motivated teacher into the classroom is an important school-based factor. The Integrated Teachers Capacity Development Programme aims to assess the needs of teachers and their professional growth. The focus area is the use of data by teachers to monitor children’s learning and to design strategies to improve learning outcomes.
Our Approach: The Integrated Teachers Capacity Development Programme (ITCDP) proposes a process where teachers: use assessment data to identify student learning gaps and track improvements or decline in student performances over time; co-reflect on the factors underlying learning gaps; and design/modify and implement customized action plans to enhance learning outcomes.
ITDCP was structured to build the capacity of teachers in designing alternate approaches to improve learner performance, focusing on literacy and numeracy.
The programme was organized by TEP Centre, in partnership with Professor David from the University of Oxford. The pilot was carried out in Akwa Ibom and Kaduna state, beneficiaries included 80 government schools (40 schools in each state), 960 pupils (479 in Akwa Ibom, 481 in Kaduna), and 739 teachers. The students were assessed on foundational literacy and numeracy content knowledge, over three term cycles of the programme.
Result: Results indicated that students in Akwa Ibom progressed in literacy by 79.1 points (scaled scores), while students in Kaduna progressed by 43.1 points (scaled scores). Teachers in the programme were trained on how to use student data to identify gaps in learning, tracks student performance and develop strategies that improve pedagogy/learning outcome. At the end of the project, 90% of participants had learnt how to:
• use assessment data to identify student learning gaps and track improvements or decline in student performances over time
• peer-reflect on the factors underlying learning gaps
• design/modify and implement customized action plans to enhance learning outcomes
These results also showed improvement in teachers’ literacy skills, and in their ability to analyse and interpret classroom data. This enables them to customize learning pathways for their students to achieve better learning outcome.