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Welcome to our November 2019 Newsletter!   


UK Education Guide in the News


Preparing international pupils for the jobs of the future

This article for ST Magazine focuses on the stark statistics that 47% of existing jobs will not exist in a decade according to the Future of Work report from Deloittes. So how can UK Boarding schools prepare international pupils for the jobs of the future?

Many international pupils often arrive in UK schools from overseas education systems where problem solving and critical reasoning have less prominence. Also, many international students are learning in a second or third language, which impacts on the speed of development of key ‘soft skills’, which employers so value in today’s jobs market- so, we focus on the initiatives schools are employing to make sure these skills are fine-tuned…


What Value do school rankings provide international families?

This article for The PIE focuses on the how much rankings actually tell international families about UK Boarding schools? So often they are relied upon in school decision making, but it is important for family advisers and Agents to explain to families about how rankings are formulated and what they can and can’t tell a family about a school?


School news


CFSC wins pastoral care Award

Cardiff 6th Form College head of pastoral care, Lisa Morton has pioneered the CREATE portfolio which focuses on positive mental health. It helps provide a balanced programme of activities; academic, sporting, social and career focused, preparing pupils to face positive futures. CREATE has just won the inaugural WISC (Welsh Independent Schools Council) Award for well-being initiatives.  


New Astronomy GCSE sees impressive take up at Burgess Hill Girls

The success of the school’s Astronomy club has led to the addition of this new GCSE course. 22 girls chose the option in September.  Pupils at the Astronomy club asked Head of Physics Andy Gillaspy, if he could offer Astronomy as a GCSE and as a passionate Astronomy graduate, he was happy to oblige.


Ellesmere College Lower school celebrates 20th Anniversary

The 20th anniversary of the Lower School at Ellesmere College was celebrated this month with a special tea and a letter of congratulations from the Princess Royal who opened the Lower school 20 years ago.


International Education Round-up


Tier Two cities in China 

A report from BMI charts the rise in importance of these cities to international recruiters…more here.


Free British Council course aimed at international pupils transitioning to UK Universities. Prepare to Study and Live in the UK

A preparation guide for university study in the UK helping students familiarise themselves with  UK culture and higher education. Also useful to COBIS pupils who are coming to the UK to study for the first time from an overseas campus.

3 hours x 4 week free course for students coming to the UK to study.


Chatbots in the classroom-a view of the future?

Classrooms will certainly look different in 5 years time, with mobile chatbots offering support to individual students and more personalized learning plans developed as algorithms extend into how lesson plans can be tailored to individual learning needs.

Therefore, it is highly likely the current style of teaching in Boarding schools will change with teachers perhaps offering a 10 minute introduction to each lesson before each child then works on their own personalized learning plan, interspersed with team & project learning.


A Levels v IB?

This Study Travel article reviews the merits of both qualifications in a changing global economy. As soft skills comes to the fore, it is arguable that the IB with its broader syllabus and extended project offered starts to tick more boxes for forward thinking schools…


International Events


The British Council’s International Education Conference
Edinburgh 3rd-4th December.

Click here to register

Pat Moores from UK Education Guide will be speaking about How Technology will impact Schools & The ELT Sector on 4th December at the Conference.

For more information about the conference


A Strategic Transformation in the Digital Age

B2C recruitment events coming up in the next 3-4 months to give ample time for consideration

Study UK Saudi Arabia schools and public mini fairs from 23rd-27th February


We also want to wish you and your families a very Happy Christmas! We won’t be sending out a December Newsletter, as so many of you will, we hope, finish early for Christmas and have a well deserved break!


Pat & the whole UKEducationGuide team

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