Instructional Leadership Training, Uganda

Low-Cost, High-Impact Teacher Training

The Varkey Foundation has designed a low-cost teacher training programme that will address the issue of teacher quality in developing countries..

The project involves identifying School Leaders (Principals and Deputy Principals) and training them on an intensive face-to-face five day course to improve pedagogy within the school. The course also includes an embedded “train the trainer” element which means that the course can be cascaded. These trained School Leaders return to their own schools and commit to training at least eight classroom teachers in the modern teaching techniques over the rest of the year. The project team follows-up with the School Leaders in their schools at least once over the year, both to monitor their execution of the teacher training, but also to help them improve their ongoing delivery.

Our training programme moves lessons away from a focus on a student’s ability to remember and repeat facts. Instead, we encourage students to apply, analyse and create based on what they remember. The programme trains teachers to create a culture of ‘personalised learning’ in the classroom with greater participation and exploration of ideas.  Rather than simply relying on ‘chalk and talk’ methods of standing at the front of the classroom, teachers are taught to cater for different learning needs – including those pupils who learn best through ‘Visual’, ‘Auditory’ or ‘Kinaesthetic’ methods and take part in cooperative learning activities.


Amuru is a district still recovering from war and VFs intervention has rekindled our teachers hearts. The intervention has improved the quality of our teachers and we are seeing real impact in our schools. We are now sure that our children are learning, they are enjoying class more and student/teacher attendance has improved. The VF intervention has ensured that there is impact in the most important place- the classroom.’

Lanyero Joyce -  Senior Education Officer, Amuru District

‘We have attended many workshops, usually, when we go back to the rooms, we discuss issues of transport refund, what we left at home….., but at this workshop, when we go back to our rooms, we discuss what we have learned during the day and how we can take this back into our schools . This workshop is truly different from any we have ever attended’

Otim Bismarck – Teacher Nwoya District

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