Welcome to our February 2020 Newsletter!
UK Education Guide in the News
New ways to evaluate and record key skills needed to thrive in the 4th industrial revolution
This article, published in The PIE on 24th January focuses on how soft skills are becoming more and more important in the jobs market, as robots take over many highly skilled jobs alongside automating repetitive roles. Soft skills may be the last skills for robots to master.
Also the article looks at new, high tech ways qualifications will be recorded in future using blockchain (Bitcoin) technology.
Link here to full article
How boarding schools can differentiate themselves in a crowded market?
This article, published on ST’s web site on 30th January focuses on how schools can help parents make better informed school choices, by focusing more clearly on what makes their school different than the one ‘down the road…’ Link here to full article.
This theme will also be addressed during Pat Moores’s BSA/AEGIS conference speech on 11th March.
Millfield hurdler set for Olympic call up. Millfield Lower Sixth hurdler Lucy-Jane Matthews from Wiltshire is on course for Olympic selection after being selected to compete in her first national event as part of the senior England team in the 60m hurdles at the Élan Indoor Athletics Meeting in Bratislava at the end of January. This call up follows Lucy’s selection as one of only 46 national athletes to take part in the British Athletics Olympic and Paralympic Futures Programme for 2020, which will prepare her for potential selection for this summer’s 2020 games in Tokyo and the Paris 2024 Olympics.
New Boarding house opened at Brooke House. Brooke House College has continued its programme of developing its boarding provision. Last summer, phase 1 of ‘London’ House was completed, with phase 2 due for completion in the summer of 2020. This will provide the college with a new boarding house for 45-50 pupils.
In addition to London House, The college has also just acquired the historic Angel Hotel within the market town’s main thoroughfare. The historic coaching house has been a well-known hotel for many years, but now houses some 50 boarders with the en suite toilet facilities being a part of every room.
The two new boarding houses and the school’s new science building represent a multi-million pound investment in school facilities.
From Looney tunes to National Orchestra…
Ten year old Burgess Hill Girls’ trombonist Daisy Hogan has been invited to join the National Children’s Orchestra. Daisy was first inspired to take up the trombone after hearing a fellow pupil at Burgess Hill Girls play the Looney Toons theme tune on a red plastic trombone. Four years later she has successfully auditioned to join the National Children’s Orchestra (NCO) of Great Britain.
National Award for Kingsley’s head girl Megan Wray. On Wednesday 5th February Wendy Flint (Head of Sixth Form) and Kathryn Makepeace (Head of English) travelled to London for the presentation of the Lexden Prize to Megan. The Lexden prize celebrates the achievement of sixth formers; achievement and education are considered in the broadest sense, definitely not just academic.
The entry process has three parts: a short nomination from the ISA Member, a personal statement by the nominee and a sample piece of assessed written work.
International Education Round-up
All the news this month is really focused around the coronavirus…
Holiday provision for children unable to return home
On a practical level the main challenges ahead are the upcoming Easter holidays and accommodating potentially all Chinese/Hong Kong based children with Guardians over the holiday.
AEGIS is issuing regular coronavirus updates to all its approved Guardians - this advice includes clear guidance that children should not be staying in unsupervised accommodation, regardless of parents’ requests. The school is the Tier 4 sponsor which would put them in an extremely difficult position should such arrangements be planned. Guardians should be working with schools to provide the best possible support for children, but should not be offering to quarantine any child that does go back to mainland China and then returns to the UK.
Families using Non AEGIS accredited Guardians
Out of @29,000 international pupils studying in the UK, approximately 23,000 are not registered with an AEGIS approved Guardian and therefore schools will be working hard to ensure that adequate provision is being made for those children whose Guardians are not receiving up to date information direct from AEGIS.
Forwarding to parents and non AEGIS Guardians direct, the information BSA/AEGIS/BAISIS is regularly providing schools is a good way for schools to ensure parents are receiving the information they need at this worrying time...
Use of social media platforms for academic testing.
Secondly, academic testing is proving very difficult in the current situation with British Council offices and schools being shut across China. Schools are having to be flexible with their testing arrangements and many schools are now relying on online supervision of tests via WeChat.
Recording of WeChat supervisions can be really helpful for schools to be confident that the tests have been properly administered under supervision. Here are some Apps that can record WeChat videos.
BMI Discounted international events for UK Education Guide member schools.
For all the BMI Events below if you add the code “UK Education Guide” at the checkout you will receive an additional 10% discount off published fees.
The Vietnam Global Boarding & High School Fair is a dedicated K-12 recruitment event, officially supported by the Vietnamese Ministry of Education & Training (MOET).The fair takes place over a weekend in Ho Chi Minh City & Hanoi.
May 9th-10th Ho Chi Minh & Hanoi
UAE Global Education Fairs
The fairs are run in conjunction with GEMS schools. This brings in an audience of thousands of students already enrolled in private schools, their parents and siblings. This means that schools have access to a huge, wealthy audience of parents and potential students.
In 2019 19% of attendees were looking for Summer school opportunities.
March 6th-8th-Dubai and Abu Dhabi
Brazil - Salao do Estudante
Despite domestic economic woes, there are currently more Brazilian students studying abroad than ever before. Latest figures for 2018 indicate that 365,000 Brazilians are studying overseas, with Summer programs and High Schools ranked the 3rd and 5th most popular. Salao do Estudante, now in its 32nd year and In 2019-19% of attendees were looking for Summer school opportunities.
March 7-19th (Events in 7 cities that can be booked together or separately)
For more information on all BMI’s Education Fairs please follow this link
Malaysia UK Education Fairs 2020 (Kuching, Kota Kinabalu & Penang)
The cost is less than GBP1500 in total for 3 cities (please refer to the link for further details)
Offer - 10% discount for early bird registration by 4 March 2020 (UK Education Guide members enjoy an extended early bird discount until 15 March 2020).
The Event is organized by Gabriel Liew, the founder of UK Education Services – Malaysia an independent platform for UK institutions, local education agents, partners and students.
August 8th–11th. Kuching, 8th, Kota Kinabalu, 9th and Penang, 11th
For more information follow this link or contact Gabriel direct email@example.com
PDF brochure with event details
Coaching Young Leaders programme
The “Coaching Young Leaders” programme will transform young minds to have more resilience, give them clarity about their career direction and what kind of leader they want to be.
The ‘Coaching Young Leaders’ programme-which focuses on developing high levels of EQ and social intelligence is offering a 10% discount to UK Education Guide member schools for any sign ups to their coaching programme, careers workshops and speaking service. Find out more at www.coachingyoungleaders.com or email founder: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, quoting UKEG 10%.