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Identity, Responsibility and Wellbeing: 3 Musts for an Effective Pastoral Programme

Paul Gildea is currently Deputy Head of Primary – Pastoral at the British School of Bucharest. He has taught from Year 1 to Year 6, and held a range of leadership positions in schools in London, China and now Romania.

  • children
  • CPD
  • Education
  • Learning
  • pastoral care
  • self care
  • Teaching
  • Wellbeing
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'These are the best children I’ve worked with. I enjoy coming to school every day. It would be true to say a piece of my heart is in the school.'

Craig Heaton has been a Head at six schools in the UK, Saudi Arabia, Brunei, Egypt, and Nigeria. He is currently Head of St Saviour’s School Ikoyi in Nigeria – a high-performing primary school for 320 pupils offering the UK National Curriculum and the International Primary Curriculum.

  • Education
  • head teacher
  • international
  • Learning
  • nigeria
  • Teaching
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Putting technology behind the pedagogy for multilingual learners

Technology and Pedagogy. Two words that are rarely included in the same sentence. Often, we tend to see the two as separate strands in teaching and learning. For educators, the focus on pedagogy is, of course, paramount and it can be the case that technology isn’t embedded into practice, but instead is viewed as a challenge, an ‘add on’, or maybe even an inconvenience at times.

  • Bilingual
  • international
  • languages
  • Learning
  • multilingual
  • Reading
  • Schools
  • Students
  • Texthelp
  • tools
  • webinar
  • Writing
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Alumni Spotlight: Andrew Ward

This month as part of our Alumni Spotlight series, we spoke to Andrew Ward, alumnus of the British School Jakarta. Andrew now works as a Talent Business Partner for trading platform, Trayport and we asked him a few questions about his education and the path he took after leaving a COBIS school.

  • Alumni
  • Careers
  • COBIS
  • CPD
  • indonesia
  • Jakarta
  • Recruitment
  • Schools
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How can International Schools benefit from the UK’s leading inclusive educational training?

In 2004, two educational psychologists created Real Group - Real Training’s parent company -  to make a real difference to education including young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Today, as one of the UK’s largest specialist educational training providers, our group of companies share one mission: to improve education to transform lives.

  • Education
  • inclusivity
  • international
  • Learning
  • NASENCO
  • SENco
  • SEND
  • Teaching
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Cultivating Reflection – The Art of Great Teaching

For teachers, September is always a period of reflection. A time to think back on the school year that’s gone and to ponder what you will do differently in the terms ahead.  

Reflecting like this is one of the most important ways we can improve our teaching and so help our students learn better.  

  • Learning
  • newterm
  • newyear
  • reflection
  • Teaching
  • travellingteacher
  • Veemaeducation
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“I wanted to quit teaching in my second year. I didn’t feel like I had any time for myself.”

As part of our series of case studies for the Teacher Supply in British International Schools research project, we spoke to Jennie Douras, who did her teacher training through School Direct in Merseyside and taught in the UK state sector for two years before moving abroad.

  • Braeburn School
  • British International Schools
  • Case Study
  • Kenya
  • Merseyside
  • Teacher Supply
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“It has been amazing – I definitely think teaching out here is easier.”

As part of our series of case studies for the Teacher Supply in British International Schools research project, we spoke to Stephanie Rae, a Year 4 Leader at Kent College Dubai who studied and taught in Scotland before moving to the Middle East.

  • British International Schools
  • Case Study
  • Dubai
  • Kent College
  • Research
  • Teacher Supply
  • UAE
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“I was working 70-80 hours per week in the UK. I thought, do I really want to spend the next 50 years of my life working 80-hour weeks, never seeing my friends?”

As part of our series of case studies for the Teacher Supply in British International Schools research project, we spoke to Jon Datta, a Maths teacher who spent four years teaching in the UK but is now Deputy Head of Maths at The Edron Academy in Mexico.

  • British International Schools
  • Case Study
  • International Schools
  • Mexico
  • Recruitment
  • Teachers
  • Teacher Supply
  • Teach First
  • UK
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“In the UK, I felt most of my lessons revolved around crowd control. Here, I can be really creative with my teaching".

As part of our series of case studies for the Teacher Supply in British International Schools research project, we spoke to Sarah Winser, a teacher with experience in both the UK state and international schools sector.

  • British International Schools
  • Case Study
  • International Schools
  • Recruitment
  • Teachers
  • Teacher Supply
  • UK
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“I’ve done my three years abroad; I’m more accomplished as a teacher. This is a great opportunity to take what I’ve learned abroad and bring it to the UK”.

As part of our series of case studies for the Teacher Supply in British International Schools research project, we spoke to Gary Hellyer, an EYFS teacher at British School Muscat. 

  • British International Schools
  • Case Study
  • International Schools
  • Recruitment
  • Teachers
  • Teacher Supply
  • UK
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A Flourishing Partnership: Halcyon and Outward Bound

A growing relationship between a COBIS School and a COBIS Supporting Member has helped IB students develop their leadership skills to support future roles as community leaders.

  • Case Study
  • COBIS Supporting Members
  • Halcyon London International School
  • IB
  • International Students
  • Students
  • The Outward Bound Trust
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Reflections on online learning....from Shanghai

Robert Ansell, Director of Studies at a school in Shanghai, chose to study for an MA in Education with the University of Derby's Online Learning programme. Here, he answers some frequently asked questions about the online learning experience.

  • China
  • Online Learning
  • Shanghai
  • Teaching and Learning
  • UDOL
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Individualised learning, personalised learning - just where did it come from and what does it mean?

There are fashions in education, and fads, and weak arguments. Is ‘personalisation’ of learning robust, or poorly evidenced? Tim Oates, a speaker at the 37th COBIS Annual Conference, argues that it should be subjected to a lot more scrutiny than it has been.

  • Cambridge Assessment
  • COBIS Annual Conference
  • digital technology
  • Edtech
  • individualised learning
  • personalised learning
  • Technology
  • Tim Oates
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One in ten international school students have attitudinal roadblocks to learning

GL Education's new report on wellbeing in international schools outlines how high expectations and a lack of confidence in learning ability can negatively impact student wellbeing.

  • GL Education
  • International Schools
  • Mental Health
  • Report
  • Wellbeing
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Making an impact: Teacher training & adult literacy in the warm heart of Africa

Emma took 10 weeks of unpaid leave from her teaching job at a British school in the Netherlands to train teachers in Malawi. Here, she shares her enlightening story with us. 

  • Africa
  • Malawi
  • Professional Development
  • Teacher Training
  • Volunteering
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Online peer observation in teaching: new practices and new possibilities for development

Engagement in online peer observation, especially when it comes to teaching, can lead directly to improvements in the student experience according to Nicholas Bowskill from the University of Derby.

  • CPD
  • Online Learning
  • Peer Observation
  • Professional Development
  • Teaching
  • University of Derby
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Are you sure you know exactly what you want for your new school building?

How would you like your new school building to look? Did it turn our as you envisaged? Gareth Long shares his experiences of working with international schools on new builds.

  • Gareth Long
  • New School Buildings
  • School Architect
  • School Architecture
  • School Builds
  • School Design
  • The Learning Crowd
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How are your children using social media? The facts!

Do your students have a social media presence? Of course they do. Simon Noakes provides us with some useful tips on the safe use of social when it comes to children. 

  • communications
  • digital
  • Facebook
  • Future School
  • Instagram
  • Interactive Schools
  • Snapchat
  • Social Media
  • Social Networks
  • Students
  • Twitter
  • YouTube
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Burberry, Bentleys, Bovril and British teachers: What makes these exports so popular (and will it last?)

John Martin explores why 'Brand Britain' is thriving when it comes to global education

  • Britain
  • British Education
  • British International Schools Overseas
  • British Schools Overseas
  • Culture
  • International British Schools
  • International Schools
  • ToucanTech
  • UK
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How can you involve students in creating video content for your school?

Has your school got a school video club? Read Charlie Gauvain's 6-point guide to help schools encourage students to lead on the production of video content.

  • Creativity
  • School Guides
  • School Marketing
  • School Video Club
  • School Videos
  • Students
  • Video
  • YouTube
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English Immersion - the benefits of a study period in the UK for international students

A short time experiencing British education in the UK can have many benefits for international students according to Mark Jeynes.

  • Boarding Schools
  • English immersion
  • Independent Schools
  • International Students
  • Summer Schools
  • UK schools
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