42 Secondary Schools Offering Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Applied Learning Programme (STEM ALP)
42 secondary schools are offering the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Applied Learning Programme (STEM ALP). This programme will provide learning opportunities for students to apply their knowledge and skills in science, mathematics and technology to solve real-world problems. By 2017, half of the 124 mainstream secondary schools will offer the STEM ALP to our students.
The objective of STEM ALP is to help students appreciate the relevance and value of what they learn in the curriculum and develop stronger motivation and purpose to acquire knowledge and skills. The skills and competencies include:
- Scientific inquiry and literacy;
- Reasoning and problem solving;
- Design thinking;
- Computational thinking; and
- Data analysis and the use of technology
In addition, the STEM ALP provides students an early exposure to STEM-related applied learning and careers and helps to ignite students’ interest to pursue STEM-related courses in Institutes of Higher Learning, and a career in the STEM-related industries.
To support schools in developing and implementing quality STEM ALPs, MOE has partnered STEM Inc., a newly-established unit under the Science Centre Singapore comprising about 50 personnel. Some of STEM Inc.’s personnel also have industry experience, and will work with schools to create meaningful and enriching learning opportunities for students. Through the partnership with STEM Inc., MOE supports schools in the following areas:
- identifying and developing the school’s programme;
- co-developing lessons, resources and materials;
- co-teaching lessons; and
- facilitating partnerships between schools and industry partners to offer students opportunities to better understand the STEM industries.
The list of 42 secondary schools offering the STEM ALP is in Annex A.
A total of 23 schools will be recognised for their efforts and achievements in delivering a holistic education to students at the Ministry of Education (MOE) Work Plan Seminar (WPS) on 23 September 2014.Lee Hsien Loong Award for Innovations in Normal Course
Bukit Batok Secondary School, Si Ling Secondary School, and Yio Chu Kang Secondary School will receive the Lee Hsien Loong Award for Innovations in the Normal Course. These schools had demonstrated innovation in teaching and learning, school management and organisation, as well as student development. This has led to significant benefits in the all-round development of their students in the Normal (Academic) and Normal (Technical) Courses. Details of each school’s innovative approach are in Annex A.Best Practices
Twenty schools will be recognised for 68 Best Practices in five key aspects - 18 for Teaching and Learning, 13 for Character and Citizenship Education, 15 for Student All-Round Development, 15 for Staff Well-Being and Development, and 7 for Partnership. These schools’ best practices are recognised for their effective programmes, processes, and systems that have led to good education outcomes for their students. Details of some of the schools’ effective practices and systems are in Annex B.
Teachers play an important role in building our nation by bringing out the best in every child. The Ministry of Education (MOE) will further strengthen efforts to grow our teachers by providing opportunities at every stage and in every way to deepen their skills and expertise. Through this, MOE aims to strengthen a culture of learning among our teaching force, a culture of teachers growing teachers, and in the process, nurture a pipeline of teacher leaders who are accomplished in their profession and able to lead fellow educators.Strengthening Training for Beginning Teachers and Deepening Mentoring Capacity in Schools
MOE will strengthen the support for the development of Beginning Teachers. Pre-service training at NIE and the subsequent mentoring for Beginning Teachers will be more tightly integrated. Beginning Teachers will be given more time and space to learn on the job, benefit from mentorship, and hone their craft.
MOE will strengthen the quality of mentoring in schools by:
- Developing a course for all mentors to strengthen their mentoring skills; and
- Strengthening manpower support for schools so that mentors have the space and time to coach their younger colleagues.
MOE will create more opportunities for specialisation for teachers in the primary schools and support educators who want to deepen their expertise.
First, MOE will strengthen the expertise and skills of our lower primary (Primary 1 and 2) teachers in working with younger children. This could be through an inaugural NIE Advanced Diploma in Teaching Early Primary School Years, which began its run this August, or through a network learning community that has been set up for these teachers. Lower primary teachers will be better equipped to cater to younger students’ socio-emotional learning needs, and ease their transition from pre-school to primary education.
Second, MOE is moving towards subject specialisation in the teaching of primary English, Math and Science through the training and deployment of our primary school teachers. To develop deeper content mastery and pedagogical skills, MOE will provide support through in-service courses for content and skills-upgrading in English, Math and Science. The pre-service training for new primary school teachers will also be reviewed to focus on building a strong foundation in two subject areas instead of three. This will allow primary school teachers to develop deeper content mastery and more effective teaching methods so that they can design engaging lessons that lead to better learning for their students.
Third, MOE continues to enhance the knowledge and skills of our teachers, the Allied Educators (Learning and Behavioural Support) [AEDs(LBS)] as well as educators in Special Education (SPED) schools in supporting students with special educational needs. This includes the implementation of a revised NIE programme in special needs for our teachers this March, and the NIE inaugural Advanced Diploma in Special Education in August for AEDs (LBS) and SPED educators.Developing Teacher Leaders
To enable our more experienced teachers to continue to grow in their job, AST and schools will continue to facilitate various platforms and programmes such as Professional Learning Communities in schools and other cluster and zonal level learning platforms.
MOE will grow the Subject Chapters or professional networks established by the various teachers’ academies and language centres and led by a core team of the best and most inspiring Master, Lead, and Senior teachers and Specialists from MOE and NIE to further deepen the knowledge and skills of teachers in respective disciplines or learning domains. These learning networks enhance teachers’ curriculum depth, pedagogical skills and assessment literacy, and provide opportunities for teachers to share, collaborate and co-develop new and better ways of teaching.
To widen the reach and impact of highly skilled teachers in lifting up the practice of the entire teaching fraternity, MOE will continue to develop and appoint more Principal Master Teachers, Master Teachers, Lead Teachers, and Senior Teachers in recognition of their key roles in leading professional learning and in deepening the culture of teachers growing teachers. In this regard, MOE will work with schools and clusters to actively encourage more teachers to deepen their skills and take up these appointments.
Appointed Senior Teachers and Lead Teachers have the opportunity to attend Teacher Leaders Programme which is designed to further deepen their professional knowledge and skills. MOE will look to raising the apex grade for the teaching track to recognise the national role of Master Teachers in developing and raising the competencies of the entire teaching service.
MOE will continue to strengthen professional development opportunities and support our teachers to be lifelong learners, so that they too can be role models of lifelong learning for our students. With more skilful, caring and effective teachers in every school, we will be able to bring out the best in every child.
The Ministry of Education (MOE) will support teachers and schools to deepen the culture of improving, innovating, co-creating and sharing of effective teaching resources and process innovations. By supporting this culture, MOE hopes to create time and space for our teachers and schools to deliver more impactful learning experiences and achieve better education outcomes for our students.Process Innovations
Schools have been developing a culture of improving and innovating on processes by harnessing technology. Some schools, for example, have tapped on technology for attendance taking so that attendance for the day can be updated more effortlessly and expediently.
MOE has also started to centrally identify effective process innovations and other best practices started by schools, for the purpose of scaling these solutions across schools. Examples include:
e-MEAL Coupon System (eMCS). MOE adapted an e-system developed by Blangah Rise Primary School where students on the school breakfast programme simply scanned their student smartcard against a card reader installed at each canteen stall. The cost of the meal will automatically be captured in the system. This is in place of hardcopy coupons that were previously issued to these students.
Enhanced School Store Management System (ESSMS). MOE studied best practices in the logistics industry and developed the ESSMS to help all schools improve store management practices. This involves the use of bar coding to tag school assets, so that assets can be more easily identified and tracked using bar-code scanners in regular checks and annual stock taking. It also helps schools to maintain an up-to-date list of school assets, which can be viewed on a web-based system. Teachers and school staff no longer need to manually count and update the list of equipment under their charge.
MOE will provide more centralised support to schools in finance and procurement. MOE will be introducing Finance Partners, with each Finance Partner providing dedicated support to a cluster of schools for more complex finance and procurement matters. The Finance Partners will also identify and share best practices across schools.Quality Digital Teaching and Learning Resources
A Student Learning Space (SLS) - an online integrated learning space - will provide both teachers and students access to quality digital teaching and learning resources. It will consolidate the resources produced by MOE, teachers in schools or curated from other sources, curated by MOE and aligned to the national curriculum. The SLS will be implemented in all primary and secondary schools, junior colleges and centralised institute progressively, starting from 2016.
The SLS will enhance our teachers’ delivery of lessons and create opportunities for their professional development through learning online from others. Through the SLS, teachers may create and share new teaching resources with one another to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of their teaching. Subject-based teaching tools will be available to guide teachers in designing activities for students to develop inquiry and problem-solving skills. Teachers can also monitor students’ e-Portfolios and provide feedback on students’ learning progress.
The SLS will thus engage students more deeply in learning. For example, a student can find learning materials to help him understand a concept better, and use the collaborative tools provided to hold a discussion with his classmates and teacher on the materials to further his learning.
MOE will continue to actively harness quality teaching and learning resources and spread IT innovations widely across schools, so that our teachers can grow to be more effective and deliver better student outcomes, and in so doing, bring out the best in every child.
Nurturing Early Learners Framework for Mother Tongue Languages - Chinese, Malay and Tamil Versions Now Available
The Nurturing Early Learners (NEL) Framework for Mother Tongue Languages (MTLs) is now available in Chinese, Malay and Tamil. This was announced by Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Law and Ministry of Education, Ms Indranee Rajah, at the Early Childhood Conference 2014 on 20 September 2014.
With the Framework available in Chinese, Malay and Tamil, MTL early childhood educators are able to better access, relate and use the Framework as core reference when reviewing, planning and implementing their MTL curriculum. These versions contain the same information as the English version which was launched in 2013.More about the NEL Framework for MTLs
The NEL Curriculum provides a comprehensive tool kit of kindergarten curriculum resources for use by early childhood educators in Singapore.
The NEL Framework for MTLs is part of this curriculum. It serves as a guide to the teaching and learning of the three official MTLs in Singapore, articulating a broad set of vision, objectives, learning goals and guiding principles for MTL teaching and learning.
The guiding principles help early childhood educators translate the Framework into practice, providing support in their planning and implementation of their MTL curriculum, and in their observation and evaluation of their students’ MTL learning progress. For example, the Framework sets out MTL learning goals that every child should achieve by the end of Kindergarten 2 when they participate in a pre-school MTL programme.Supporting MTL Early Childhood Educators
To complement and encourage adoption of the NEL Framework for MTLs, MOE is developing Educators’ Guides for each of the MTLs. We are also working with ECDA to organise training to help MTL early childhood educators apply the Framework. Training will start with principals, supervisors and senior teachers from end 2014, moving on to courses for MTL educators subsequently.
The NEL Framework for MTLs in all four languages can be accessed at http://www.moe.gov.sg/education/preschool/.
A total of 534 students from 70 schools were presented the National Schools Colours Award at the 44th Singapore Schools Sports Council (SSSC) National Colours Award Presentation and National School Games Closing Ceremony today. Another 1187 students were presented the Zone Colours Award.
The National and Zone Schools Colours Awards recognise students for their contributions in representing the Singapore Schools Team, and achievements in sports and games within the SSSC Sporting Calendar, at various levels.SSSC Overall Best School Boy and Overall Best School Girl Award
This year, the SSSC Overall Best School Boy Award was awarded to Quah Zheng Wen from Anglo Chinese School (Independent) for Swimming. Quah Zheng Wen was one of our top medallists at the 27th SEA Games in Myanmar. In addition, he re-wrote his own national record for 50m and 100m backstroke this year. The SSSC Overall Best School Girl Award was awarded to Martina Lindsay Pelonio Veloso from Singapore Sports School for Shooting. In June this year, she was crowned champion in the ISSF World Cup at Munich, Germany.
The Overall Best School Boy and Overall Best School Girl award recipients were selected from the Best School Boy awardees in 17 Sports, and the Best School Girl awardees in 14 sports. These student athletes had attained exceptional sporting achievements, and demonstrated exemplary conduct on and off the field. The list of Best School Boy/Girl award recipients are listed in Annex A.SSSC Best Team Award
The SSSC Best Team Award was awarded to the Boys Sailing Team for emerging as the World Champion in the 2014 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship (420 Class). The team comprises two sailors - Loh Jia Yi and Jonathan Yeo from Raffles Institution.National School Games
The 2014 National School Games (NSG) was declared opened by the Minister for Education on 6 February at ITE College Central. The NSG had reached out to over 50,000 students which encompassed 28 sports for SSSC and 21 sports for SPSSC 1. In conjunction with the National Colours Award presentation, the 2014 NSG was brought to a close.Footnote
- Singapore Primary Schools Sports Council ↳