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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Teacher Leadership

Teachers as leaders

Teachers are the adults closest to the two most important functions of any school:  teaching and learning. Who else, Ciaran McMahan asks, is better placed to bring about changes that will lead to successful school improvement?

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Intelligent Disobedience in school!

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 . . .

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The Man Who Planted Trees (L’Homme qui Plantait des Arbres)

hommeCross-curricular inspiration

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.

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Autism: inclusion benefits everyone

Changing attitudes towards autism

Having devoted more than twenty years to promoting greater understanding of autism and providing support for families of children with autism, Dr Robert Naseef recognizes that international schools are becoming more inclusive but highlights the need for more teacher and support staff training.

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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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Beyond COP 21, 4

Beyond COP21/ Symposium

COP21, the 21st Congress of the Parties for the United Nations’ Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris, concluded with cheers, hugs and a general sense of euphoria. It was agreed by 195 nations to attempt to cut greenhouse gas emissions to a level that will limit the global average temperature to a rise “well below” 2C (3.6F) compared to pre-industrial levels – a level of warming deemed to be the point when dangerous climate change could threaten life on Earth. Peter Milne explores a vital avenue towards sustaining the momentum of COP21.

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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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Rebuilding update from Nepal

From Isaac Robinson at The British School in Kathmandu

Almost a year on from the first earthquake of 25th April, staff at the British School Kathmandu have been working hard to ensure that students within our community projects can return to safe and secure buildings as soon as possible. To date, we have opened one new school building at Sungava, and the three buildings in the Dhading region are nearing completion.

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Technology’s impact on teaching and learning

The advances in technology witnessed in recent years have been likened to the discovery of fire and invention of the wheel, such has been their impact upon society. Education has largely embraced technological innovation. Its impact upon teaching and learning is undeniable and its momentum continues apace as evinced by the forthcoming GESS technological showcase in Dubai. 

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TBS opens new building at Sungava

Formal Opening

On Sunday 7th February, TBS staff and students travelled to to attend the opening where Dr. John Moore (Principal of TBS) was invited to formally open the new school building. Dr. Moore was shown around the new building, including the TBS classroom that we were surprised to see has been named in our honour! The completion of this school building would not have been possible without the donations from our supporters around the world so we accept the honour on behalf of all of our contributors.

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Shaking up global education

KINSES 2016: a global education symposium

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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.

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Young voices for the planet

 Early years education for sustainable development


When we look at the world, we see a huge divide between those who have practically nothing and those who have so much. One aspect of this divide is the issue of waste; not only the amount of waste created, but the attitudes people have towards it. Pete Milne thinks it is important that children in the early years are given opportunities to develop their environmental thinking.


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PurpleLily in Africa – empowering girls and women

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.

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Start the year with a song!

Join Voices Around The World this September

Download the score and audio tracks of Listen to Us for your first school assembly of the year!

You know that a new school year has really started when you hear the sound of children singing coming from the school hall or the music room as you walk past. If you are looking for something new and a little bit different for your first assembly this year, the Voices Around the World (VATW) project might just be what you are looking for.

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Schools around the world say “Listen to Us!”

LogoDuring 2015, over 33,000 students from schools around the globe shared in a common musical learning experience – to master one of the vocal parts for a new song called Listen To Us, which united young people around the world as part of the Voices Around The World (VATW) project. This was the third year of the project and has involved over 1,400 national, independent and international schools.  For details about downloading Listen to Us, how to make a donation and to learn more about how your school can get involved in the special 2016 Olympic project, click on the VATW logo.

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Heidi and Peter travel the world!

Class mascots set off from Obersee Bilingual School

Heidi (600x800)It is common practice in Early Years Units for a class mascot to visit the students’ homes through an academic year. There are also many schools who take part in wonderful initiatives such as travelling teddies and “Flat Stanley” which connect schools locally and internationally. Kirstin Botter explains how two class mascots from her school in Switzerland are going more than one step further by travelling the world in 2015 – 2016.

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Global Education Benchmark Group – Connecting and Collaborating

CyrusIn an increasingly global society and economy, it is important that today’s students develop cultural awareness and a commitment to internationalism. Organisations such as The Global Education Benchmark Group offer opportunities for teachers to hear about initiatives around the globe and exchange practical ideas aimed at broadening students’ horizons. Cyrus Carter reports on their most recent conference.

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Field work first!

Head and shoulders

After two stints teaching Biology in Indonesia and Singapore, Jon Avon makes a strong case for the value of fieldwork. With interest in environmental studies dwindling in Grades 11 & 12 (Years 12 & 13) he thinks that it has never been more important to get students out of the classroom and into the field.  In his view nothing motivates students to take an interest in ecology more  than a well-conducted field trip. The preparation and responsibilities can be daunting, but the return on the hard work is well worth the effort. Here he offers advice for getting on the road in the right kind of way.  

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Silent Spring: a life changing book

Dr. Samia al Farra

Dr. Samia al Farra

In life it is rare to discover a book that is truly “life-changing”. Silent Spring was just that for Dr Samia Al-Farra. Dr Samia explains how an inspired choice changed her view of the world and opened her eyes to the fragility of our planet and its resources.

An inspired choice

More than forty years ago, as part of my under-graduate course, in Science with a major in Biology, we were expected to read, discuss and write a critical account of ten evidence-based, scientific books covering topics such as drugs, pollution, and population control.

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Why Do YOU Love Teaching?

Mark Wood

Mark Wood

There are times when, according to Mark Wood, who works in Dubai, you should ask yourself a simple question: “Why do I love teaching?” This is how it works for Mark.

I have been teaching for almost 10 years. I love my job, but every now and then I have to stop and think “Why? Why do I love teaching?” I’d like to suggest that every now and then you ask yourself the same question. I guarantee that just thinking about the answer to this question will have an impact on your teaching and, more importantly, on your students’ learning.

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“League Tables” shambles?

ExamineesThe Department for Education in England released its most recent secondary school “league tables” based on exam data from June 2014 on January 29 2015. This year the independent schools joined the state sector in the customary chorus of disapproval, as the government’s new tables were condemned as “shambolic” with the status of IGCSE at the centre of one row. Andy Homden wonders whether  the controversy surrounding this very English ritual now has global significance.

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