The programme comprises 2 main components: The In-Class and the Out-of-Class Components
The In-Class Component provides professional development for SISC+s to enable them to guide teachers in improving students' proficiency in the language. In 2014, the SISC+s attended upskilling through 3 main courses including Differentiated Teaching and Learning, Coaching and Mentoring and also Remedial Instruction. The courses aim to enable SISC+ to guide teachers more effectively in meeting the multi-level needs of a range of students. The SISC+s' training and subsequent work in both hotspot and non-hotspot school reflects efforts to provide English language teachers in schools with in-situ professional development.
School Support Plan
Since 2015, the In-Class Component has been extended to include 300 English language teachers teaching in Form Four classes in hotspot schools. The School Support Plan allows ELTC to provide more direct forms of support as teachers foster continuous cycles of student improvement . The direct approach impacts approximately 51,000 students from the 300 schools.
Objectives: School Support Plan
Workshops conducted under the School Support Plan enable teachers to:
use various types of data to support effective pedagogical decision making
analyse and interpret student performance data in order to identify gaps in students' knowledge and skills
develop and implement effective interventions to address these gaps
The Out-of-Class Component directly involves students through various main activities. In 2015, the English Language Teaching Centre is implementing the component through the English-in-Camp: Oral Proficiency through Literature. The centralised language camps will be conducted in Sabah (5 camps) and Sarawak (3 camps)
The objectives of the camp are to:
1. enhance students' understanding of the Literature Component compulsory texts
2. increase students’ confidence to communicate in English
3. provide additional materials to support the teaching and learning of the Literature Component texts
The 25 teachers from these schools involved in the camps are expected to conduct similar camps in their respective schools for 100 students, thus bringing the total number of students impacted to approximately 2,500 pupils. In 2016, Each of these schools is expected to "adopt" another school in the district in order to conduct camps for their partner schools, thus, impacting a further 13,500 students.
MONITORING THE INITIATIVE
The English Language Teaching Centre closely monitors the implementation of the PPKBIS to ensure its impact on students. To date, teams from ELTC and also the Teacher Training Institutes have visited close to 90 schools throughout the country to provide support to the SISC+s and teachers, and to also ensure effective implementation of the initiative.
TRACKING OF STUDENT OUTCOMES
Tracking of student outcomes of the PPKBIS is underway. The result of the Form 4 students' first test, mid-year and final examination are being tracked from the Sistem Aplikasi Penilaian Sekolah (SAPS). The results are analysed to track the efficacy of the PPKBIS and its impact on student outcomes.