Welcome back, I hope that you had a restful Easter break and that you have settled back into the school routines smoothly ready for Term 3.
Staff across the whole school have had training on three evenings this week as part of our Continuous Professional Development (CPD) for staff. At the Primary Campus, we have been working with a leading UK consultant on curriculum and assessment. Her name is Andrea Sully and she works for North Somerset Local Authority in the UK. It has been brilliant to be able to work with and learn from UK based specialists in our own school to ensure we maintain the most up to date and relevant skill sets. The Campus is ‘buzzing’ with new ideas and interesting foci for teaching and learning moving forward. Watch this space!
An added bonus for the leadership team that came from working with Andrea has been the opportunity to hear about the impact changes in the English National Curriculum, assessment, school inspection and school leadership are impacting on colleagues and students alike in England and Wales. I am sure, like us, many of our parents keep up to date with the educational policy changes of the Government – both positive and negative. However, it adds a really sobering perspective when you hear about how those changes could and will impact negatively on the opportunities available for primary age students back in the UK. We are very fortunate that, as an accredited British School Overseas, we can choose the best aspects of the English National Curriculum and can tailor learning appropriate to our students living in this international context. This allows us to:
- develop and deliver a world class curriculum that is comparable yet more challenging than the UK and other PISA Nations
- continue to push ourselves, as teachers / leaders, and our students to be the best they can be
- continue to create outstanding teaching and learning opportunities for our students
- recruit and retain the best teachers internationally
- strive to achieve the highest possible standards in all areas of the curriculum, not just English and Maths
It was wonderful to be able to take the time to reflect on our situation from a different perspective and to have reconfirmed, and externally validated, our view that the Alice Smith School is the most wonderful environment to teach and be taught.
Principal Primary Campus