New University partnership with British International school in Kazakhstan

Date 12.11.2015

The course, the first Level 4 Certificate for Teaching Assistants in an International Context, is going to be used to train the staff of one of Britain’s oldest and most prestigious independent boarding schools in the UK, Haileybury, to launch the new English School in Astana.

The University has developed the Certificate as part of our agenda for internationalisation and has been designed to develop host country and expatriate Teaching Assistants knowledge and skills to an internationally recognised standard.

Dr Estelle Tarry, Senior Lecturer in Education at The University of Northampton

The school will open its doors on 1 September 2011 to pupils from the age of 3 to 10 years and has plans for a boarding school for pupils aged from 13 to open in September 2014.

Education is not the process of filling up an empty vessel, but lighting a fire in the hearts and minds of the young with whom we are privileged to work.

We offer a special blend of discipline, respect and life skills in a calm, modern environment. Our British-based education programme is internationally competitive and we are very grateful to The University of Northampton for helping us to create and maintain the highest academic standards.

Andrew Auster, Headmaster of Haileybury in Astana

The Certificate for Teaching Assistants in an International Context was developed following research on behalf of the Council of British International Schools (COBIS) and launched at their conference on 30 May 2011 in London.

The University of Northampton’s accredited and bespoke training for classroom based support staff in international schools has been well received throughout the growing COBIS global network

Colin Bell, COBIS Executive Director

The new course is part-time over one year consisting of six days face to face teaching supported with online blended learning and takes a flexible approach in developing the students’ skills.

This Certificate is designed to meet the specific needs of teaching assistants working within international primary settings and is designed to develop their understanding of intercultural teaching with children in the age range 5-11

Dr Estelle Tarry

The partnership between the School of Education at The University of Northampton and the Haileybury in Astana was facilitated by the University’s Business and Commercial Services team which offers a range of support services to businesses, voluntary and community groups.

To find out more about the Certificate for Teaching Assistants in an International Context (CTAIC), please contact the Education Admissions Team on 01604 735500 or email

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