A guide to strategic planning
Paul Cabrelli recently explored the idea of “sustainability in schools” as a speaker at the COBIS conference for for Bursars, HR Managers and HR staff at St. Julian’s School, arguing that this is a 21st Century issue that must not be ignored.
The British School Kathmandu (TBS) has recently won three of the eleven 2017 British International School Awards – ‘Community Initiative of the Year’, ‘Senior Leadership Team of the Year’ and ‘British International School of the Year 2017’.
Ronald Stones OBE: the “can do” man
British international education in South East Asia has been grown rapidly for some time . We meet Ron Stones, one of the most influential British school leaders over the last 30 years, look back on his career and ask about his next project.
Colin Bell talks about the Council of British International Schools and its work in 2016
Walking into the open plan office area of the COBIS HQ in London’s Russell Square is rather like stepping through the doors of a good school. This, one feels, is the way that CEO Colin Bell and his staff like things.
Case study in leadership and learning from Malaysia
Judicious change and improvement are the lifeblood of schools. Beginning this process from first principles is not easy. Brian Ambrosio explores how a government village primary school in Malaysia transformed itself.
Establishing a “branch school”overseas
Many UK independent – and a few state schools – have considered setting up overseas branches of their schools. Is there still a market for UK independent schools to expand overseas? Undoubtedly. Are there pitfalls and dangers along the way? Definitely. So what are the risks involved and how can they be mitigated? Paul Cabrelli suggests you should be guided by 10 fundamental principles.
Listening is invaluable in schools in all sorts of ways and at many levels of responsibility – teachers, school leaders, students themselves and parents. Here Peter Hudson explains why listening is vital for school leaders.
New standards and support for international schools
Child abuse is a difficult issue for any educator to confront and International School leaders face particular difficulties. Jane Larsson, Executive Director of the Council of International Schools (CIS) recently spoke to ITM about a new source of support for schools as they develop more robust safeguarding policies.
Starting the journey
When taking up responsibilities at a new school, school leaders need to get things moving quickly while also taking stock in a measured way. How do you strike the right balance? Andy Homden talked to Dr. Tassos Anastasiades, who has just taken up the Directorship of Ajman Academy.
Much has been written about “meeting and exceeding standards” in order for a school to be considered “outstanding”. Regulators routinely expect schools to rise to this kind of challenge in order to earn their approval. Malcolm Greenhalgh offers some advice about responding positively, while remaining unashamedly student–centred.
The challenge of “Intelligent Disobedience” might ruffle feathers
Best-selling author and thinker, Ira Chaleff is looking forward to his forthcoming appearance at the Asia-Pacific International Schools Conference (AISC) in Hong Kong this December. What he’s got to say is important, even though it might ruffle a few feathers . . .
This is the ultimate teaching and learning resource. Students of French, history, literature, media studies, science, biology, the environment . . . . and leadership will be totally absorbed. The winner of the 1987 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, is based on the original book by Jean Giono, also reviewed in ITM.
Information management technology is inextricably interwoven into the fabric of most schools. At its best it allows schools to manage data efficiently and effectively for the benefit of students, staff, leaders and parents. At its worst it can be a source of frustration for all sections of the school community. Greg Martin shows how to ensure your system suits your needs.
Six essential steps to take: it’s all about people
With the growing competition for students and staff, it has never been more important for a website to be noticed and read properly by the people you want to reach. Andy Homden looks at what you should be doing to give your website the edge.
In a competitive and often unpredictable world, effective school governance is crucial if a school is to remain true to its mission and achieve its vision. Consilium Education’s Paul Cabrelli reflects on five essentials that sustain excellence and help governors enjoy their time in office.
Andrew Wigford, a former international school Head Teacher and founder of Teachers International Consultancy, is keenly aware of the changes taking place in international education. Reflecting on the past 10 years as a recruiter, he thinks that schools need to adjust their recruitment policies accordingly – urgently.
In some areas of the world there is a leadership crisis in schools; England reports an alarming lack of head teachers. Workload and stress levels have been cited as contributing to the paucity of teachers willing to take on leadership roles, but Ciaran McMahon suggests that directed leadership training will enthuse teachers and offers a positive route out of the leadership shortage predicament.
This article appears with the kind permission of the Irish Primary Principals’Network (IPPN) It originally appeared in Leadership+, the IPPN’s members’magazine.
Phil Jones, Director of VPJ Solutions, a UK based consolidated educational supplier, thinks that schools should regularly review the services they receive from providers to make sure that they not only get the best service, but also the best value for money.
The UAE continues to be the leading country in the world for English-medium K-12 international schools. In terms of the number of international schools, the UAE is currently competing in a very tight race with China, but in terms of student enrolment, the UAE leads the world decisively. The data has been published in the new Market Intelligence Report for International Schools in the United Arab Emirates by ISC Research. Anne Keeling reports.
The role of deputy principal is multi-faceted but is known to vary greatly between schools. Recognising the demands placed upon principals, Ciaran McMahon believes the deputy principal role requires development including greater responsibility and recognition that it is crucial to the success of a school.
This course is designed to give an awareness and understanding of basic Duty of Care in the International Schools Sector. To learn more about the one and two day courses offered by Philip Jones, Co-Owner and Operations Director of VPJ Solutions Limited.
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Round the world with Sarah Outen
From the comfort of our cozy lives, it is difficult to imagine what it is like to cycle, row and kayak around our planet. Sarah Outen has done just that and her experiences provide one with a sobering sense of perspective and genuine awe. Tony Richards reflects on her epic trip and makes the case for opening up outdoor education to those who are yet to experience its benefits.
Inspiring a love of learning in students is a challenge all teachers face and often relish. Vicky Hill describes an unconventional and innovative approach to developing a passion for learning at Island School, Hong Kong, which has proved effective and very enjoyable for all involved.
Fortunately few of us will experience events as tragic as the earthquake that struck Nepal in April 2015, but such events do happen and, as we have witnessed, demand enormous human resourcefulness and resilience. Steve Priest, teaching in the The British School of Kathmandu at the time of the earthquake, explains the crucial role that forward thinking and planning played in enabling the school to react effectively to events and support the school and wider community.
Drawn from his experiences, Steve also provides valuable guidance on how schools can and should prepare for crises available as a downloadable PDF. (see below)
KINSES 2016: a global education symposium
Sandeep Aneja wants us all to talk to each other about radical changes taking place in global education. To this end, he’s getting a few people together at the The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina on February 27 & 28 to carry on a conversation that started in Singapore two years ago. It’s an impressive gathering.
It’s not that they’re stupid; it’s just that they don’t know anything!
This is just one of the memorable lines from the 1988 movie Stand & Deliver during an Oscar – nominated performance by Edward James Olmos, playing the role of LA Math teacher Jaime Escalante. In a remarkable career, Escalante took issue with one of the most popular misconceptions about learning, and in doing so developed an approach to teaching that Andy Homden has come to describe as “The Learning Wedge”
Glancing across his busy desk towards the tall and elegant windows of his office, Stephen Baird cannot fail to be inspired by what lies within view. A vibrant green swathe of lawn sweeps gently down to the clear, dancing waters of Lake Geneva, bordered by a dappled forest, fading gently into the foothills of the Swiss Alps.
An interesting two years
Financial crises, ash clouds, haze, epidemics, regulatory changes, geopolitical instability – all are beyond a Headteacher’s control, and all pose a threat to a school’s health and growth. Andy Homden, who was in his first headship at the Alice Smith School in Kuala Lumpur during 1997 recalls how a combination of existential threats lead to the development of a new and flexible approach to strategic planning which has been put to the test more than once in the last 15 years.
The featured image shows Hong Kong International School’s spectacular new campus in the Tai Tam area of Hong Kong Island: the current expansion of international education means not only more schools being started, but established schools like HKIS (founded in 1966), growing and building new, state of the art facilities. Anne Keeling explains why growth in the international sector shows no sign of slowing down.
A vist to Taylor’s International, KL
My taxi, adorned with a myriad of good luck charms: coins, mystic knots, Dzi beads and even a laughing Buddha, battled through the tropical downpour and dropped me at the gate of the school. It was “Home time!” and scores of shrieking children danced excitedly through the torrential rain and waiting cars, seeking sanctuary from the storm.
In the April edition of ITM, Ginette Collin introduced us to PurpleLily, a non-profit organisation set up to “inspire and empower women and girls to thrive and shine” by providing life skills and financial literacy training. In this edition, Ginette reflects on her recent two month project in Ethiopia and Tanzania and explores the Contrast in Educational Opportunities on the African continent.
How to cover absence (and stay on the right side of the law) in the UAE and Qatar
As principals will know, it is vital to remain within the regulations set by the host national jurisdiction. A really tricky area is the employment of substitute or “supply teachers” to cover temporary absence. You don’t want to be on the wrong side of the law, but it is imperative that classes are covered. Rebecca Ford and her colleagues from the leading Abu Dhabi legal practice, Clyde and Co. offer some advice.
Is the well running dry? Andy Homden of Consilium Education considers the increasing difficulty of recruiting staff for international schools and what this might mean for teacher training.