Virtually connected

The link

Tertiary level Virtual Classrooms are really taking off, but can VCs connecting teachers and learners in different parts of the world have an impact on secondary learning? A recent project linking a team in New York with teachers and their classes in Andhra Pradesh established some principles for good practice.

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Opportunity bakes

A bridge to employment for young people with learning disabilities

 Although educational opportunities are opening up for more young people with learning disabilities, finding a way into full time employment still presents a challenge. A new bakery in the UK is showing how the bridge can be built. Jane Chong, the co-founder of Step and Stone reports.

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Music power

Music, therapy and motivation

When the going gets tough, we often turn to music. According to Curtis Dean, recent research confirms that music can motivate, energise  and soothe.

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Black Sea Conference

Leading Change, May 31 – June 1 2019

 It’s a sign of the times that as new international schools open, they are coming together to cooperate, share ideas and organise events for staff and students. Stephen Priest, Principal of the British International School of Tblisi reports from the new Black Sea Schools group, who have just held their first teachers’ conference.

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International school fundraising

Time for giving?

The case for fundraising

Boards and Heads of both not-for-profit and for-profit schools often wonder if they should be actively engaged in fundraising, or need to establish a Development Office. Frank Opray considers the rationale for fundraising and the key objectives for a Development Office.

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Understanding atoms

Teaching atomic theory in primary

Can primary age students grasp key idea behind atomic theory? Mark Verde, Assistant Principal Learning & Curriculum, Bangkok Patana School certainly thinks so, and research seems to support him.

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Trailing spouse teacher recruitment

Trail blazer

Trailing spouse

If you’re new to international education, there’s a whole new lexicon to learn. Cracking the code will help you and your family get the most out of your time overseas. Rory Galvin looks at the opportunities open to a ‘trailing spouse’.

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Wellness warriors

Creating a culture of well-being and character

Natassja Williams believes that student well-being depends on a strong, values-based culture at the heart of a school, created and defended by a committed team.

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Right blend

Blended learning in an international school

Blending on-line and in-class learning has clear advantages for international schools. But how can it be sustained in practice?  Catherine Brandt and Neil Hardy-Johnson report from Dubai.

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Consilium in conference

March 2019
APAC International Education Conference, Bangkok


Andy Homden and Richard Gaskell’s  (ISC Research) joint workshop at the 2019 APAC conference in Bangkok looked at the latest developments in the Asia Pacific Market, focusing on the conception, set up and operation of an international school in this region. This whole morning seminar examined:

  • Emerging markets and growth areas
  • The latest regulation changes
  • Local challenges and how to overcome them
  • The vision: what kind of school do you want to start?
  • Meeting the needs of prospective students
  • Curriculum and staffing
  • Project feasibility and financial modelling
  • Facilities, resources and recruitment
  • Coordinated project master planning
  • Beyond opening: strategic planning
February 2018
Sustainable schools: Paul Cabrelli at the COBIS Conference for Business & HR leaders

Paul Cabrelli was keynote speaker on the first day of the COBIS conference for School Business and HR leaders in February at St. Julian’s school in Lisbon. Speaking on the subject of sustainability in schools, he emphasised the importance of the business office working in close collaboration with academic staff, pointing out the significance of the relationship between the business manager to achieve sustainability in both an environmental and financial sense.

For Paul’s presentation and resource page for his keynote see:

Sustainability in schools

July 2017
Connecting Teachers Conference at the Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College

Organised jointly with Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College, and hosted by Elly Tobin, College Principal and Consilium consultant, this was Consilium Education’s inaugural conference. Delegates enjoyed two lively days of networking and teacher-led workshops, with keynote speakers Professor Mick Waters, Sir Tim Brighouse, Teacher Toolkit founder, Ross McGinnis and social philosopher Roman Krznaric, getting each session underway with a series of thought provoking and inspiring talks. Consilium Education’s Peter Hudson was also in demand as a speaker on the subject of listening for school leaders and teachers.

April 2017
Going global: Andy Homden at the Said Business School, Oxford, 2017

Andy Homden was guest speaker in April at the ISC Seminar held at the Said Business School in Oxford for Educational Suppliers. Speaking about the use of Social Media to reach Educational Markets, he drew on the experience of Consilium Education’s work pioneering new ways of using Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter to reach specific audiences within the international teaching community. Andy also spoke at GESS Dubai, 2017, looking at the importance of explicit language development to encourage analytical thinking and independent learning.



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