School leaders from 140 schools met at Pakistan Schools Conference

LAHORE: 05 April: More than 220 teachers and school leaders from over 140 schools met at the Pakistan Schools Conference, hosted by Cambridge Assessment International Education at a local hotel here on Wednesday. The conference theme was ‘Measuring what matters: understanding and improving educational impact.’ “The concept of ‘educational impact’ has become increasingly important in academic research and education debate, as no school can make meaningful progress without understanding the effect of its practices on students’ learning,” explained Michael O’Sullivan, Chief Executive, Cambridge International to conference delegates. “Cambridge schools across Pakistan work hard in many ways to help their students learn. They do this through careful curriculum design, inspiring extra-curricular activities, professional development of teachers, and the creation of school environments conducive to learning,” he continued. During the conference, principals discussed how to measure the impact of their work, including the different methods used to do this and how to make the best use of the information gathered. They also examined how teachers can measure the educational impact of their lessons and the role that professional development plays in this. Speakers included Tristian Stobie, Dr Liz Taylor, education consultant, Rosemary Hilhorst, Country Director, Pakistan, British Council. A lively panel discussion explored ideas around the challenges of understanding impact and whether everything in schools can be measured. Uzma Yousuf Zaka, Country Director, Pakistan, Cambridge International, said: this type of conferences are important as not only they generate meaningful debate around key educational issues, but also give us an opportunity to hear from schools in Pakistan”. Killing of Hazara condemned: Protesters at Liberty Roundabout on Wednesday condemned the killing of Hazaras in Quetta and demanded action against the responsible. They marched from Liberty Roundabout to Hussain Chowk. They were holding placards and banners with the slogans against the authorities and the killers. A police official told The News that the police was providing them security as they were on the roads for their rights. Sara Suhail, Saleha Rauf, Arif, Amar Ali Jan, Aima Khosa and other social activists joined the protest and said during one month some 50 people of Hazara community were murdered.The news.

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