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.
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.
Changes for 2017
Amendments to Chinese Government regulations for private schools, which were announced recently, will impact all schools in China offering international education to local Chinese children, reports Anne Keeling
An international Brit swims with Finns
Most educators will have heard of the Finnish educational phenomenon. A country of 6 million people who have produced an education system which is regularly punching way above its weight and is considered one of the best in the world. Neel Shah now observes from the inside.
Making a choice
I am a mother of four; I have little time to think or reflect. However, in a moment of clarity and rare thoughtfulness a few years ago, we made a choice to step out of the British school system and place our children into an International school in Woking. In contrast to many English families, this was not a leap into the unknown for us.
British Schools Overseas (BSOs) are schools that have been inspected under the DfE-endorsed system which is quality assured by Ofsted. BSOs are growing in number and whilst the DfE/Ofsted inspections have been welcomed, there are areas of concern as Ed Goodwin explains.
As with any reform on a national scale, making a difference to the way children learn in India will take time, money and commitment. Enlightened private enterprise is increasingly leading the way. One company already having a significant impact is XSEED. Andy Homden looks at the career of founder, Ashish Rajpal, and examines some of the reasons for XSEED’s success and growing influence in India.
The recent GESS/GEF Dubai exhibition was a great opportunity for educators from all over the word to meet. ITM caught up with several members of the large delegation from Finland, among them Maarit Rossi, who has recently been nominated as a top ten finalist in the 2016 Global Teaching Prize Awards. Andy Homden reports.
Opening a new international school is never easy – even in a place like Dubai which probably sees more new schools open every year than any other city in the world. Opening a school in Dubai that stands out as different is quite an achievement.
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.
According to the IB’s website, “The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Americas supports over 3,000 IB World Schools in more than 30 countries across North, Central and South America”. There are now 1,764 IB World Schools in the USA alone. In seeking to understand the growing appeal of the IB Diploma to American schools, ITM recently spoke to J. Harry Lynch, Headmaster of the Newman School of Boston.
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.
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.
According to Andy Homden, new UK assessment requirements for A Level for first assessment in 2017 and 2018 suggest that international schools using a British Curriculum in years 12 to 13 might benefit from looking at IB Diploma practice and finding out how students were prepared for high stakes end of school examinations in the pre-modular world.