Professor Leads Conference for Head teachers in India


Professor Ken Jones of University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, has just returned from leading a conference for headteachers, teacher educators and government officials in Ludhiana, India. This is the fourth time that Professor Jones has been asked to take a lead in the planning and delivery of conferences in the Punjab, a region in Northern India.

The theme of the conference was Leading Professional Learning in Schools and, in addition to jointly organizing the conference, Professor Jones gave the keynote address on Building Cultures of Professional Learning. The conference was held in the city of Ludhiana which has a population of nearly 4 million, more than in Wales, and is a highly industrialised city where three languages are spoken: Hindi, Punjabi and English.

Professor Jones said: 'There is huge disparity between schools in this region. Some pupils and teachers are privileged in having access to good facilities but many are not. Even in the best schools, there is very little effective professional development support for teachers. Our aim in running the conference, in collaboration with Partap College of Education, was to raise awareness of the need for teachers and school leaders to have access to the high quality professional development support which is needed to raise the standards of learning and teaching in schools in the region'.

Professor Jones was the lead international organiser of the conference along with Dr Margery McMahon of the University of Glasgow, formerly Acting National Coordinator of the newly founded Scottish College for Educational Leadership.

Professor Jones added: 'Following this conference, new networks will be established for school leaders in the region so that the challenges facing them can be tackled in a collaborative way’