The ABF Teacher Accreditation Program
In 2011, the ABF introduced Teacher Training Programs which aim to prepare prospective teachers for their first class and to assist experienced teachers with new ideas for their classes. From these first sessions the ABF Teacher Accreditation Program (ABF TAP) has grown to more than 50 accredited teachers from clubs across six states and territories.
To gain accreditation, a teacher must earn 65 points through completing a Teacher Training Program (TTP) and attending Continuing Professional Development (CPD) days, as well as leading help with play sessions and teaching series of lessons at their club. Points may also be allocated for other innovation activities or prior experience.
ABF National Teaching Coordinator Joan Butts and Teacher Trainer Cath Whiddon offer a number of TTPs and CPD days each year throughout Australia. These workshops offer proven advice that, if followed, will give teachers the tools to deliver top-quality bridge lessons.
Each TTP and CPD day offers a closer look at teaching methods and contains resources for beginner, help with play and card play courses. Teaching ideas are developed through discussion and practical demonstrations. There are also marketing and promotional tips offered from the ABF.
The ABF is committed to providing ongoing support for its teachers. The Learn page contains an index of resources available for Novice and Improving players as well as tips for their teachers. You can also find educational videos that will walk you through bidding and card play. The Improvers Teaching Tips feature topic notes and lesson tips that were initially part of the successful ABF Summer School.
2018 Clubs Training Survey Questionnaire
The ABF is committed to developing the Education Programme to grow healthy, strong clubs across Australia. To help us do this, we need your feedback about what activities your club is completing and how we can assist you. The 2018 ABF Clubs: Training Survey Questionnaire is your club’s chance to provide us with valuable information. This survey is for all clubs, not just clubs with accredited teachers.
2018 ABF Accredited Teacher Survey
In mid-2018, the ABF Accredited Teachers were asked to complete a short, anonymous survey to provide further insight into how the Accreditation Program has assisted their teaching and their clubs.