National Perspectives

 

Branching out

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.

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Indian Schoolgirls

Changing India

 

Ashish Rajpal in class

 

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.   

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The future of education

Kinses 2016: Global trends, local realities: an education symposium

cong-nghe-giao-duc-cua-viet-nam-noi-bat-tai-hoi-nghi-kinses2016 (1)Organised by education investment specialists, Kaizen Private Equity and held in association with business school powerhouses Insead and NYU Stern School of Business, KINSES 2016 took place in Dubai on February 27 & 28. It wasn’t just the academic and financial big hitters at the podium that made this gathering exceptional: the work of dynamic SMEs on the ground in Asia and Africa especially in the field of Educational Technology, was at the heart of lively discussion, both on and off the stage.

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An American IB journey

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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.

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International Schools – changing opportunities

A vist to Taylor’s International, KL

Taxi_in_Kuala_Lumpur_03My 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.

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Employing temporary staff legally

How to cover absence (and stay on the right side of the law) in the UAE and Qatar

REBECCA FORD COLOUR - PPTAs 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.

 

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