LRTT FELLOWSHIPS

Mutually empowering cross-border teacher development

A 3-4 week-long professional development programme bringing together teachers from economically developed countries to provide training for teachers in contexts where people live on less than $5 a day.

who

Qualified Teachers

We’ve welcomed Fellows from over 30 countries worldwide. Whether a teacher is relatively new to teaching or they've been in education for 20 years, they've got something valuable to share.

what

Instructional Coaching

An LRTT Fellowship brings together teams of 15-30 teachers from around the world to co-design and lead 3-4 week long instructional coaching programmes that up-skill and empower in-country teachers.

where

Low Resource Contexts

Our programmes take place in 11 countries around the world. We work in partnership with locally led organisations to support teaching transformation in contexts where people live on less than $5 a day.

when

Teacher Summer Breaks

Our Fellowships coincide with school holidays. With start dates in January, June, July, and August, Fellowships are accessible to teachers from the UK, USA, Australia and New Zealand.

Fellows co-design & plan professional development sessions with Team Leaders & in-country partners
Fellows lead workshops to support in-country teachers to develop mindset, knowledge, and skills.
Fellows conduct short lesson observations to support feedback and promote reflective practice.
Fellows lead instructional coaching to support in-country teachers to master new teaching strategies.
Fellows champion a culture of collaboration and support in-country teachers to cultivate peer support.
Fellows support in-country teachers to complete pre and post training self assessment surveys.

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Commonly Asked Questions

Who is eligible to apply for an LRTT Fellowship?

Applicants must be qualified teachers with a minimum of 6 months classroom teaching experience at the time of Fellowship. Our course is based around 6 core principles of effective teaching, including growth mindset, preparation for teaching and teaching for learning. It is important Fellows have a solid base of understanding of these principles so that they can support in-country teachers develop their knowledge, mindset and skills.

How long is an LRTT Fellowship?

Each Fellowship is between 3 and 4 weeks long. We have Fellowships in January, June, July and August each year, to coincide with the summer holiday break for teachers in Australia, New Zealand, the UK, US and Canada.

Where do Fellowships take place?

We currently work in 11 countries across Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. Fellows can choose to work with teachers from rural Uganda and spend their weekends on Safari, or with teachers from urban Malaysia and enjoy a beach getaway weekend. There is something for everyone.

What does a typical day on a Fellowship involve?

All our Fellowships are slightly different. In some locations, Fellows will spend most days in schools conducting lesson observations, and leading intensive instructional coaching; supporting teachers to master a variety of new teaching strategies. In contexts where schools are closed, Fellows run training conferences with groups of teachers. Our conference days typically run from around 9am to 4pm, with some variation to fit around school hours and the availability of our teachers where necessary. At the end of every day, we run group debrief session to reflect on what went well that day, and then plan sessions for the following day. In the evenings we typically have dinner together, and keep evenings free for Fellows to explore the surrounding area, organise their own quiz nights, talent shows or take some time out from the group.

How many teachers are on each Fellowship?

Our Fellowships are typically made up of between 15-25 Fellows. Some Fellowships are slightly smaller, and some are slightly larger depending on demand and on the needs of our in-country partners and teachers. One of the highlights of the Fellowship experience is the opportunity to meet and work with a range of passionate educators from all over the world. We get really excited when we see teachers sharing ideas, learning from each other, and re-discovering their passion for education.

How do Fellowships differ from one another?

In terms of the overall objective and general model, all our Fellowships are very similar. However, depending on the country and the type of partner we work with, every Fellowship has its own unique objectives and context.

  • Teachers trained - In some Fellowship locations we work with only primary school teachers, in some we work with both primary and secondary teachers, and in others we work solely with lead teachers or head teachers.
  • Training model - Depending on the time of year, our programme will be in schools model, a conference only model, or a combination of the two.
  • Partnership - We have worked in some locations since 2012, which means the programmes there have become significantly more robust than in places we only recently started working in. We also work with different types of partners in each location, from ministries of education, to low-cost private school networks, to NGO’s and organisations that are part of the Teach for All network.
  • Environment - Many of our Fellowships focus on supporting schools in rural areas where classrooms and resources are very limited, where as some Fellowships take place in more urban contexts where teachers have access to a wide range of resources.
  • Schools - In some locations we work with only low-cost private schools, in others we work with both, and in some we work only with government schools. Also, in some locations we partner with only primary schools.

How do teachers benefit?

By participating in the Fellowship teachers complete a minimum of 100 hours professional development. Our recent data shows that participating in an LRTT Fellowship develops teachers classroom practice and helps them grow as leaders. Self assessment from our Fellows themselves shows increases in motivation for teaching and confidence in their own teaching ability. Many of our Fellows tell us that taking part on a Fellowship has helped reignite their passion for education and given them a renewed sense of purpose. As well as helping teachers accelerate their career progression, joining an LRTT Fellowship is a valuable way to connect with other teachers with diverse skills and experiences and feel part of an inspiring global movement of teachers. Many of our Fellows say it is the best PD they have ever done, and a real highlight of their teaching career.

What training do Fellows get?

Fellows complete a series of pre-Fellowship training modules before their Fellowship. This training is designed to help teachers think about education in a limited-resource context and working with teachers from a different cultural background to your own. We appreciate that our Fellows are all teachers with busy schedules, that’s why all pre-Fellowship training can be completed online and at a time and pace that suits each Fellow. When Fellows arrive in-country, we ensure that all Fellows have a thorough induction and orientation to help answer all the unknowns and make sure all Fellows are informed and confident about their role.

What's Included?

The programme fee for Fellowships starts from £1295

This includes:

  • Pre-Fellowship training
  • In-Country Orientation
  • LRTT Course materials
  • Coaching & Feedback resources
  • School visits and/or conferences
  • All accommodation & food
  • 24 hr support & mentorship
  • All in-country transport
  • Access to a network of 2000 teachers
  • Certification for 100 hrs professional development
  • Access to alumni events
  • Discounts on future Fellowships

What is the application process?

If you would like to join a Fellowship, the first step is to complete our online application form here. The form should only take you 15 minutes to complete. You’ll be asked to tell us about your teaching experience, and your motivations to join a Fellowship team. After submitting your application, you will receive an email from us within 2 days inviting you to book a time for an interview call with one of your Team Leaders. The aim of that call is to get to know you and give you the opportunity to ask any questions you have about the Fellowship. We encourage you to book it in as soon as you can, as places on our Fellowships do fill up quickly. After the interview, you will find out within 2-3 days if you have been offered a place on the team. You will then have 7 days to consider if you would like to accept the offer, and confirm your place by paying your deposit. The deposit is GBP295 / US$395 / AUD$495 / NZD$495 and is the first instalment of your programme fee.

What do we look for in a Fellow?

We look for adaptable, creative and responsible teachers with sound pedagogical knowledge. Because every Fellowship involves working closely with other Fellows and in-country teachers, it’s important our Fellows are good team players. Initiative, resilience and cultural sensitivity are all attributes we admire and that are key to teachers becoming effective Fellows.

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