Through Support to Improving the Quality of Education in Iraq we have worked with teachers and school leaders, technical and vocational education and training (TVET) institutions and physical education and sport secondary schools in Kurdistan and Central and Southern Iraq to support and improve the quality of education.


  • Over 45,000 teachers, principals and supervisors have been trained in, and are implementing, a more child-centred approach to teaching and learning in over 3,700 schools.
  • 12,500 senior staff are focused on giving school principals a greater role as ‘leaders of learning’ in 5,900 schools, while over 5,000 supervisors are acting as ‘critical friends’ to schools.
  • The Ministry of Education in the Kurdistan Region has printed 120,000 copies of the standards and plans are in place to roll out the training in the remaining 29 Directorates of Education. Plans are also in place in Central and Southern Iraq to deliver training in the remaining eight General Directorates of Education.

TVET (Technical and Vocational Education and Training)

  • The Ministries of Higher Education, Ministries of Education, Ministries of Labour and Social Affairs for the Kurdistan Region and Central and Southern Iraq have approved the first cross-ministry TVET strategy.
  • 15 centres of excellence are now actively involved and pioneering new developments in line with the strategy. Staff are actively implementing modern competency-based teaching, learning and assessment methods, and are cascading the training to other teachers.
  • Twenty-four deans and ten head teachers have successfully graduated from a customised executive leadership programme at master’s level and achieved chartered manager status.
  • Frameworks are piloted, for both the Standards for Leadership of TVET organisations and the Standards for the Teaching of competence-based training.


  • Nine pilot secondary specialist sports colleges are working together with support from five UK schools and are delivering the physical education (PE) and sports curriculum in new ways. These schools are linked with other secondary and primary schools forming a network of 50 schools. Over 250 teachers and supervisors have been trained in new methodologies and 85 master trainers have been trained.
  • New PE curricular resources have been developed including reference to young people who are differently abled. 23,000 students are being taught in new ways including those in maths and science classes.
  • Head teachers, teachers, supervisors, young people and parents in the selected districts report increased awareness of the importance and value of PE.
  • Over 600 young people have had their leadership skills developed using sport as the vehicle.
  • New mutually beneficial relationships have been developed with the community around the schools including businesses.