‘Beyond The School Wall –
Developing Extra-Mural Opportunities’ (BSW)
LEVEL 1: BEYOND THE SCHOOL WALL
The BSW training-and-support programme is a two-year course offered to principals,
deputies, teachers, and managers who wish to develop their schools as extra-mural community hubs.
BSW is EMEP’s flagship development training and support programme for entry-level schools.
This programme comprises a series of training modules and on-site support for Principals, Deputies, Educators and Management Teams of participating schools. It increases the capacity of trainees to develop and manage vibrant and coherent extra-murals.
The Objectives of this Training Programme are to:
- develop the professional capacity of the Teacher-Manager Trainees as Extra-Mural Development Practitioners (EMDPs)
- institutionalise the development of extra-murals (i.e. integrate and expand extra-murals into the ongoing roles and responsibilities of school staff, learners, managers and governors
- use the school effectively as a Community Hub
- benefit learners and improve effectiveness of the school.
Training modules cover the following topics:
- strengthening and initiating extra-murals and incorporating them into the school curriculum and timetable
- broadening the range of extra-murals on offer and making them more inclusive
- methods of increasing the involvement of educators and learners
- enhancing holistic pedagogy in both the classroom and after-class settings
- using existing resources optimally
- personal and professional development
- understanding and facilitating change
- working collaboratively
- developing good planning, management and partnership practices
- policy development to enable easy and safe access to school facilities for the whole-school community and external partners, both during and after-class.
Main Activities of the BSW programme:
Personal and professional devtraining & mentoring
- residential and non-residential training
- on-site mentoring
- cluster support.
- residential and non-residential
- on-site w/shops
- cluster support.
Organisational development processes
- Research and practical assignments
- School & community leagues, functions, and festivals.
- Summative assessments
Training is rooted in Organisational Development principles and uses active and practical methods. An action-learning, activity-centered approach is used in all EMEP trainings. Emphasis is placed on participants experiencing new methods directly, and implementing them in their school as a means of fulfilling course requirements.
Main beneficiaries of the programme: Primary and secondary school personnel including:
- SMT members
- support staff
2½ year programme.
Maximum of 20 schools per intake.
Year 1: intensive, residential modular training courses, w/shops, and cluster support.
Year 2: regular on-site and cluster level mentoring and support.
Year 3: graduation: graduate schools join the Network Programme.