The teachers’ professional development is at the core of the school programmes and around 45 days of training, workshops, conferences, presentations and other such opportunities are provided in a year at ITM Global School, Gwalior, says the school principal Ajay Lall in conversation with Elets News Network (ENN).
How does the environment at your school help students to lead and excel in the global community?
Students are given opportunities to develop and display their talents in their areas of strengths. All students from grades I to XII are given an opportunity to apply for a given position in the student council. SPIKE (students’ plan to integrate knowledge with experience) is a student body which plans entrepreunership projects and utilises the money for student welfare. Visits to organisations working for the underprivileged, physically impaired and other such children are done throughout the year with students’ initiative. Nukkad nataks are performed by the students to make the general people aware of the social evils. Further, a number of our students have excelled at National Level in sports – mainly tennis, basketball, floorball and archery.
What measures are in place to make teachers competent enough to educate students and nurture them as future leaders?
The professional development for teachers is at the core of the school programmes and around 45 days of training, workshops, conferences, presentations and other such opportunities are provided in a year. Teachers are also sent for CIE subject workshops to other cities by the school. In-house training happens once a month during NID (Non-instructional days). Trainers and workshop leaders are also invited to the school for specialized training in key areas which requires strengthening be it class management or dealing with SEN children.
Parents’ involvement is an important factor to educate children. What policies are followed at the school to involve parents in teaching-learning processes?
Parents are an integral part of the school and our main stakeholders. Apart from the school almanac, parents are able to communicate with the school via telephone, through the grade teachers, by email, through online access on the website and even through PTA members.
An open invitation is provided to parents to participate in any and every school activity and also to share their expertise with the students. Feedback from parents is taken seriously and the feedback forms are collated and analysed twice in a year.
Security is a very important concern in schools. What measures are taken by your school to ensure the safety?
Entire school building and the adjoining areas are under CCTV surveillance. Even the school buses are fitted with cameras for recording the activity there. The child is taken back to school if the parent or guardian fails to pick him/her up from the designated spots at the given time to ensure the child’s safety.