IPSEF LONDON 2024

June 2024


IPSEF CONFERENCE SPECIAL EDITION

IPSEF keynotes Darren Coxon and Harry Hoodless examine AI and sustainable school design
Andy Homden looks at the current enthusiasm for partnered international school projects in India, Malcolm Greenhaugh considers the urgent need for assessment reform, Erika Neil looks at Havening and Dave Jereb at dysregulation.
EDITORIAL: June 2024

EDITORIAL: June 2024

Why the help and advice of professionals who have trained in different disciplines are so important to any good school.

Sustainable spectrum

Sustainable spectrum

Harry Hoodless reflects on working with schools to design the right kind of sustanable facilities to suit them.

Bridging the gap

Bridging the gap

Darren Coxon, keynote speaker at this year’s IPSEF conference, argues that using AI is a rational way to make learning relevant.

Formative first

Formative first

Malcolm Greenhalgh adds weight to the argument that unbalanced end of course exams damage learning.

Havening

Havening

Erika Neil reports on an initiative using 'Havening' to enhance well-being in Tanzanian schools.

Partnerships for India

Partnerships for India

Andy Homden sets the enthusiasm in the UK for new partnered international schools in India into context. 

Connection is key

Connection is key

Dave Jereb asks us to consider the idea of ‘dysregulation’ and the sensory condition of our rooms to enhance learning.

Modern service

Modern service

Kathy O’Donnell of Sevenoaks School breaks down the key elements of a modern service and outreach programme.

Mangrove café

Mangrove café

Jenny Mollon looks at how a new café design has united different schools across an international group in the UAE.

May 2024

ITM SPECIAL EDITION

Schools, sustainabiity and the need for immediate change.

A call to action for every school community
EDITORIAL

EDITORIAL

Why we all need to take immediate action in how we teach sustainability and the way we run our schools.

Climate action

Climate action

Noah Shawcross looks at how West Buckland School has acted as a community after students present to the SLT.

Recycling investment

Recycling investment

ITM’s Andy Homden talks to Jeremy Bacon of Riverdale Paper PLC about investing in the circular economy.

Beyond Cop 21

Beyond Cop 21

Peter Milne on his innovative climate symposium series for schools and their communities - 'Beyond Cop 21'.

Kenya and climate

Kenya and climate

Former international teacher Joe Human experiences the grief felt when witnessing the impact of climate change.

History for tomorrow

History for tomorrow

Roman Krznaric takes a new look at what it means to learn from the past and why this is essential for all our futures.

Embracing challenge

Embracing challenge

Stephen Scoffham and Steve Rawlinson consider how to teach climate change in ways that go beyond the science.

Food and climate

Food and climate

Karyn Knox, of the Educated Choices Program looks at free resources available to schools teaching climate change.

Louder than words

Louder than words

Colin Bell introduces four speakers leading sessions on sustainability at this year's COBIS conference in May.

Place and vision

Place and vision

Jody Ellenby asks what a good sustainability curriculum looks like in a primary or elementary classroom.

The Earth Prize

The Earth Prize

Angela McCarthy celebrates teen innovation and looks back at the development of the Earth Prize competition.

Get them outside!

Get them outside!

Teaching sustainability is easier than you think! Helen Bilton has some great tips for busy teachers in busy schools.

Save the Med, 24!

Save the Med, 24!

Jasmine Spavieri looks at how an NGO based in Mallorca is working with local schools to “Save the Med”!

Travel balance

Travel balance

How can school travel still be justified? Are responsible expeditions possible? Polly Sadler thinks so.

April 2024 in ITM

April 2024

Good ideas revisited

Easy screening for hearing and vision issues, a school expedition remembered, the unique eperience of boarding and why handwriting notes is still good for you!

EDITORIAL

EDITORIAL

Good ideas, when revisited and rebooted, can be transformative for both learners and teachers.

Sound and vision

Sound and vision

Michael Ter-Berg looks at easy school-based screening for vision and hearing problems in children: an old idea rebooted!

Enduring legacy

Enduring legacy

Preparing for a difficult school expedition involves huge additional responsibility. But – it’s worth it as Richard Human explains.

The write path

The write path

Smita Banerjee makes a strong case for using old-fashioned pen and paper when making notes and working out ideas.

School Readers

School Readers

Sal Flint continues her column about our favourite books. This month’s Reader is Stephen Priest.

Leadership and trust

Leadership and trust

Nick Chaddock wonders how distributing more responsibility to middle leaders has affected senior leadership.

Ice cream & cocktails

Ice cream & cocktails

Iain Henderson and Chris Woolf look forward to the Wellington Festivals of Education to be held in 2024.

Not so dotty!

Not so dotty!

Holly B.F. Warren wonders whether ‘joining the dots’ is a finite or infinite thinking exercise for teachers.

Boarding & wellbeing

Boarding & wellbeing

Mark McVeigh suggests that when it comes to wellbeing, boarding communities can offer a unique form of support.

March 2024

Schools and their stories

What makes a good school story?

Martin Skelton is looking for learning, Ger Graus ponders the issue of class sizes, and Elen Harris proposes better practice for lesson observation

EDITORIAL

EDITORIAL

Schools need their stories to be written down and shared. Why is this important and what's your story?

Amazing!

Amazing!

Can aschools really be ‘amazing’? Martin Skelton turns over some unsettling ideas on his way to the coffee shop.

Lesson observation

Lesson observation

Too often lesson observations are rushed and tokenistic. But is there a realistic ‘best practice’? Elen Harris thinks so.

School Readers

School Readers

Sal Flint continues her column about our favourite books. This month’s Reader is Duang Turongratanachai. 

Join BISLN!

Join BISLN!

Join over 100 librarians in the British and International Libraries Network and sign up for our March 6th session!

Uno a Uno 

Uno a Uno 

Why should small NGOs assess their impact on learning? Brian Ambrosio, reporting from Ecuador, explains.

Teaching leadership

Teaching leadership

If teaching leadership skills in school is vital, how can it be best fitted into the curriculum, asks Steffen Sommer.

To market

To market

Caroline Sherwood thinks that seeing how a school is presented in the media is vital for effective strategic planning.

Class sizes

Class sizes

There is pressure on class sizes in the UAE – but will this mean poorer learning? Ger Graus looks at the research.

BISSC

BISSC

Colin Bell looks at a new global coalition that supports safeguarding initiatives in British International schools.

Project REALM

Project REALM

Ekxel Carlo T. Degollacion looks at how an elementary school in the Philippines has challenged teaching styles.

Write for ITM!

Write for ITM!

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Editorial School design

EDITORIAL, February 2024

Designing for learning

With so many new international schools being built, pausing to take a look at recent school design is time well spent. Over the last two months we have been doing just that –  talking to architects, designers and teachers involved in contemporary school design for this special edition of ITM.

Things are changing.

If you’ve ever been lucky enough to be a member of a team designing a new school (or a new space in an old school) you’ll know what an exhilarating experience it is. You really have to think about your teaching and the kind of learning that you want to happen in the spaces you are helping to create. Working with the professionals who design schools opens up a whole new perspective about what a school is and what it can be. It is the ultimate in professional collaboration with some of the most creative people in the world.

Approaches to school design have come such a long way in the last thirty years – and half the fun is finding out about what other people have been doing and the problems they have solved along the way. The elegant solutions being put into practice can be breathtaking.

Two worlds coming together

What struck us is how the world of the educator and the world of the architect have combined in order to create some amazing new spaces. Everyone we spoke to emphasised the importance of listening to each other. There is an almost universal emphasis on sustainable, green design and a deep desire for students and teachers to enjoy the environment in which they work.

The influence of early pioneers is also profound and far-reaching. You don’t have to be a Reggio Emilia devotee to believe that a school environment can be ‘the third teacher’. In many ways, this now just seems to be common sense.

Don’t hesitate – get involved!

Our February edition is an opportunity to have a look at some of the ideas out there and to get a flavour of how architects and educators are working together.

And if you do get a chance to play a part in an educational design team don’t let it pass you by.

It’s life-changing.

 

With grateful thanks to Bogle Architects for our Editorial feature image.

 

 

 

February 2024

February 2024

The school design issue

Architects and educators on how school design is evolving to meet the needs of new  learning communities

EDITORIAL

EDITORIAL

With so many new schools opening, it's worth taking a little time to look at how school design is changing.

Listening for design

Listening for design

Architect Ian Bogle always has an ear open for people talking about learning and listens in. Here's why.

Inbuilt stories

Inbuilt stories

Jane Crowhurst asks us to think about the stories that physical spaces in a school tell about its values.

The Digital Priory

The Digital Priory

Part of a 12th Century building in England has been adapted for global learning. Ashley Currie reports.

MindShift!

MindShift!

If we want students to be inspired, we must design schools that they will enjoy, argues David Judge. 

Passivhaus rules

Passivhaus rules

Clara Garriga suggests that Passivhaus design can become ‘the new normal’ for sustainable school buildings.

Pushing boundaries

Pushing boundaries

Pınar Gökbayrak reflects on classrooms, using ‘forgotten places’ and community designed schools.

JOBLINK 24

JOBLINK 24

Your convenient one stop link to agencies and associations with all the latest opportunities for the coming year!

The third teacher

The third teacher

Gavin Judd describes how a community in Mexico created a campus to be used as the ‘third teacher’.

Design dialogue

Design dialogue

Neha Anna Sibu thinks good dialogue between educators and architects leads to great school design.

Leading role

Leading role

ITM talks with lifetime educator, Ronald Stones. What advice would he give about project leadership?

Write for ITM!

Write for ITM!

Have you got an inspiring story to tell about teaching and learning? We'd love to hear from you!

Many thanks to David Judge and Kampus architects for our February 2024 feature image

January 2024

January 2024

Was 2023 the year when everything changed?
AI and learning, going fully online for an education, the urgent need for a new sustainability curriculum and being a school librarian in the 2020s.
EDITORIAL

EDITORIAL

Was 2023 the year it all changed with AI? Perhaps some of our old priorities just became more essential.

Sustainability now!

Sustainability now!

Paul Thompson asks what it would take to put environmental sustainability at the heart of all education.

An online education

An online education

Heather Rhodes looks at the increasingly persuasive case for a fully online education.

The sea belongs to me again (Part 2)

The sea belongs to me again (Part 2)

Matthew Savage concludes his reflection about a world that ignores disability.

Being a librarian

Being a librarian

In latest ITM Podcast, Rob George and Sal Flint talk about what it means to them to be school librarians.

eTwinning

eTwinning

An EU platform for schools facilitating international collaboration opens up the world for a school in Gori.

Character education

Character education

Erika Elkady laments the narrowness of modern education, but sees potential in an ancient ideal.

TCKs and turnover

TCKs and turnover

Chris Terry looks at a new study analysing the impact of staff turnover on Third Culture Kids.

Thinking shoes

Thinking shoes

Having moved countries, Holly Warren has been out walking, prompting thoughts about her teaching journey.

November 2023

Celebrating international school libraries, liberating spaces for disabled users, the Creative Arts and a sense of belonging, reading for empathy and looking for the small things when job-hunting. 
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Editorial: support your school library!

ITM Editorial, November 2023
School libraries

Imagine an international school without a school library. It’s expected. It’s assumed and it’s possibly taken for granted. Whatever the size of the school or the student profile, there will be a library. And there will be a school librarian.

As I have been finding out over the last year in a variety of networking sessions, international school librarians arrive at their posts in different ways. Some are specialists with a degree or professional diploma in librarianship. Others are teachers ‘filling in’ but who love it so much they stay. If they are able to, they get the funding to retrain. Others are volunteers from the parent body or the local community.

They are all likely to have several things in common: a love of books, a sense that libraries are ‘special places’ and a desire to share their passion with others. They all need our support, as the demands on their time are huge. Whatever their background, librarians are expected to be teachers, administrators, counsellors, IT geeks, babysitters, community leaders and storytellers. They are a breed apart and without them a school will just not have a soul.

And the library itself? It will be a hub, both ‘buzzy’ and quiet, packed with students, adults and families – reading, researching, listening, taking five or volunteering.

This month, ITM celebrates international school libraries, their librarians and reading with articles by Mary Rose Grieve, Sal Flint, Rob George and Helen Mulligan. Whether you are a librarian, teacher, leader, student or parent, our message is clear: support your school library!

British and International School Libraries Network

And if you are a member of a school library team, you can go one step further. Rob George and Sal Flint have joined with Consilium Education and ITM to start the British and International Schools Library Network.

Why not join Rob and Sal in their next networking and training webinar on Wednesday March 6th when they will be looking at Libraries and Wellbeing.

Find out more about BISLN and the next PD and Networking webinar on March 6th with Sal and Rob here:

British and International Schools Library Network

 

FEATURE IMAGE: by tatyana_tomsickova on iStock
Support Image:   by Angelina Yan on Unsplash