Welcome to our October 2019 Newsletter!
UK Education Guide in the News
The growing issue of pupil safety…
We look at both online and offline international pupil safety issues in UK Boarding schools.
The back drop to this piece is research data showing safety is increasingly front of mind when students are deciding about overseas study locations. In IDP’s annual survey of almost 3,000 students in the 5 main overseas study destinations (US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand) Canada leads the way in terms of ‘safety’ versus its international rivals, with the UK ranking 4th out of 5. Also, students from China are now reported to be as concerned by the safety of the destination country in which they intend to study as they are the relative academic position of their institution, according to the latest report from the Beijing Overseas Study Service Association.
Look out for our upcoming articles on ‘Soft skill development in UK Boarding schools’ and ‘The Value of rankings to international families’ - soon to be published in ST Magazine and The Pie respectively.
Kings group announces partnership with Inspired
(from a letter written by Sir Roger Fry, President of Kings Group)
“We have reached an agreement with another quality educational organisation, Inspired (https://inspirededu.com), which brings to us considerable educational resources as well as its own outstanding traditions in schools which, in quality, are very similar to our own in a number of countries. Inspired is a consortium of premium schools in the UK, Europe, Australia, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America, with 53 schools worldwide and a large extended international family of over 40,000 students. Each school, while rooted in its community, forms part of a global network, providing regular opportunities for the exchange of ideas and best practice, and of pupils and their teachers.”
Millfield wins Best School for International Student Experience at Independent Schools of the Year Awards
Millfield has won the award for Independent School of the Year for offering the best experience for international students at the 2019 Independent Schools of the Year Awards.
Millfield Headmaster, Gavin Horgan, says, “…Millfield’s thriving international community demonstrates how families all over the world still value a British education, and I am absolutely thrilled to share this success with the whole school community, including our parents, students, and our teaching teams.”
International Education Round-up
New Parliamentary report blasts the way international students were dealt with in English language exam 'cheating' scandal.
The influential Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in the House of Commons has issued a blistering attack on the way the Home Office dealt with international students who allegedly cheated in their TOEIC exam.“The Home Office has been quick to act on imperfect evidence, but slow in responding to indications that innocent people may have been caught up in its actions,” the report states.
“The Home Office’s flawed reaction to a systemic failure by a private company has led to real injustice for many thousands of overseas students taking English Language tests,” PAC chair Meg Hillier MP said in a statement.
Headmaster of Eton hits back at Labour party plans to scrap UK private schools
Eton head, Simon Henderson, agreed there was inequality in the UK education system and supported Labour’s ambitions to improve the lives of children across the country but he advocated increased partnership between private and state schools as a way to improve standards.
Henderson said independent schools saved the state school system, and therefore taxpayers, £3.5bn a year. He said they contribute £13.7bn to the economy, generate £4.1bn in annual tax revenues and support about 303,000 jobs.
Other observers note that whilst abolition is unlikely there is growing pressure to remove the charitable status enjoyed by private schools.
'Rankings' matter to Chinese students, but other factors really matter too...
A recent survey of over 8,000 Chinese students studying in the UK, Germany and the PRC highlighted 93% of students surveyed rated 'quality of education' as ‘very or extremely important’ in their decision making, with subject and institution rankings being mentioned as a key way of assessing 'quality.'
However, other factors which these students also rated as ‘very or extremely important’ indicate that they have more diffuse goals when deciding to study overseas. For example, as well as enhancing their career prospects (83%), students in the survey also wanted to realise their worth as a person (82%), gain new experiences (89%), and meet people from different backgrounds (83%).
The price of an essay?
Analysis of data from 1,579 Twitter messages by Thomas Lancaster and Alexander Amigud, published in Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, looked at how much students were typically willing for someone else to do their work for them. The average was $33.32 (£26.99) per 1,000 words.
The three most frequently offered payments for contract cheating were $20, followed by $50 and then $100, although the authors found paying someone else to sit an exam carried a far higher premium.
The British Council’s International Education Conference, Edinburgh, 3‑4 December 2019
The event will explore the changes happening around us in markets, systems, technology and people and provide solutions to future-proof international strategies to ensure competitiveness in the global market place, as well as cutting edge information for those that work with and support international students. Early-bird tickets available until 31 October.
B2C recruitment events
Coming up in the next 3-4 months to give ample time for consideration
Study UK Hong Kong fair and mini schools roadshow
18-21 January 2020
Study UK Saudi Arabia schools and public mini fairs
23-27 February 2020
International schools forum and workshop
Brazil - March 6 2020
Columbia - March 30 2020.
Vietnam - Global Education Fair and School Events
Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City - 12-16 March 2020
BMI Recruitment Travel Planner [PDF document]