International Primary Teaching Programme

What is our philosophy?

Deep training on Cambridge pedagogies at your school. Limited places remaining for September 2019.

“Every teacher needs to improve, not because they are not good enough, but because they can be even better.”

Professor Dylan Wiliam, 2015

What did this year's participants say?

Participant Feedback

This feedback confirms research* on effective teacher development which says that one-off courses can be useful to to introduce teachers to new concepts but in order for teachers to embed these techniques in their day to day lessons, they need support and development which is:

  • ongoing
  • subject specific
  • tailored to their unique school contexts

That is why we have developed a programme which we believe will help teachers to change their practice enough that it has an impact on their pupils.

*Developing Great Teaching, Teacher Development Trust, 2014

What is the programme?

This one-year programme, delivered at your school by a Cambridge University Press Primary mentor would include:

  • A one-day needs analysis
  • A 2 day Induction Course
  • 3 x 1 day consultancy visits at your school
  • Day-to-day remote support from a Cambridge University Press Primary Consultant
  • Termly mentoring calls for your Primary Lead Teacher
  • Access to teaching modelling videos
  • Certificate of Completion for all teachers
  • A plaque with your school's name and our logo

Who runs the programme?

Kathryn Joy, Teaching & Learning Lead

Kathryn graduated from the University of Cambridge with a first class degree in English and Primary Education. After a successful career as a primary teacher and school leader in the UK, she spent 10 years supporting and training teachers around the UK curriculum, often in a second language or to second language pupils. As well as training teachers in the UK, Kathryn has enjoyed training teachers at leading Independent schools in South-East Asia.

Simon Lind, Senior International Education Consultant

Simon has over 15 years of experience teaching English and Geography at primary and secondary levels at independent schools in the UK. At Cambridge University Press, he has trained thousands of teachers on active learning pedagogies in Africa, India, Pakistan, the Middle East and South-East Asia. Through his rich international experience, Simon has developed a deep understanding of the cultural contexts in which our teachers work.

Lesley Bird, Operations Lead

After a successful career as a senior marketing executive, Lesley trained as a teacher. She spent 10 years as a Chemistry teacher and Head of Department at an Independent school in the UK where she recruited, appraised and trained teachers. At the Press, Lesley oversees the global operations of over 100 teacher support events we run each year as well as the International Primary Teaching Programme.

Julia Citron, Head of Professional Development

Originally a secondary school teacher, Julia has experience designing and developing teacher development programmes in the UK and internationally. She is passionate about helping teachers to do their important and difficult work and thinking of new ways that they can use technology to access ideas and support from other teachers and experts.

How is the programme unique ?

Our programme is built around the pedagogies in our books. This makes it outstandingly practical and specific. Here are some examples of how:


  • During the induction course, we can help teachers to plan their first weeks' lessons using our resources

  • The pedagogies which we teach on are built into teachers' day to day resources already


  • Throughout the year, teachers can ask the remote mentor for help to plan specific units

  • On the remote mentoring group, teachers can compare examples of pupil work for the same topics in the books.

Programme details

Places remaining in ASEAN: 15 schools can participate in our programme starting in September 2019

Countries where we can run the programme: Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam

Programme schedule:

  • Needs Analysis: April 2019-July 2019
  • Induction Course: July 2019 - September 2019
  • 3 School Visits: October 2019 - June 2020
  • Remote mentoring: Ongoing

Registration deadline: 30th March 2019

How do I find out more?

If you think the programme could help your school, please email to request more information. We look forward to hearing from you.