If you wish to enrol your child in an international school, look for one that follows the British system of education.
Moving countries is not easy, and it is especially stressful for children. Adults don’t give too much credit to how children feel about leaving behind the friends and the environment that they know so well. Children forced to move to another city or country with their parents is often apprehensive about the new school they will go to.
Not just children moving houses, even children shifting from one school to another have the same apprehensions. Since parents can’t help transferring to another place to work, they can ensure that they give their children the best education possible.
Why choose the UK system of education
The world over, any parent would prefer to enrol his child in a British international school, i.e. a school that follows the UK system of education. It is best to choose a school whose syllabus is based on the UK system, which essentially means that the school follows the same sets of tests and teaching methods as used by schools in the UK.
A British international school, by virtue of its curriculum, will have highly detailed sets of criteria for teaching, learning and imbibing lessons. The curriculum will have a definite set of outcomes that the child is expected to adhere to through his or her studies. Other parameters such as personal conduct, hygiene, preparation of homework and application in the classroom, to name just a few, will also be detailed out by the UK system.
Rigidity over organic flow – which is better?
Critics of British international schools say that the UK system if, by far too regimental for a child’s international growth. Since learning is defined by goals and outcomes, and testing often follows a pre-set pattern, experts believe that the UK system does not leave enough room for free-flowing, organic learning, see this PYP in Hong Kong. In contrast to this, schools in the US follow a curriculum as laid down by the education board, but teachers are free to modify the syllabus contents and also tweak presentation and teaching guidelines for the best outcomes.
However, it cannot be argued that the UK system of education gives a clear direction of learning, as unilaterally as it may seem. Moreover, international schools are often visited by visiting teams of educational creditors, who find it easier to assess a school’s collective and individual progress based on specific guidelines. This makes it easier for international schools to also receive an accreditation from global education bodies.
Teachers also find it easy to assess pupils’ progress in a school year before assigning them to the next class, or reworking some of their learning milestones.