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UK’s GCSE Exam System Overhaul In Turmoil

UK’s GCSE Exam System Overhaul In Turmoil

The current UK shake-up of the GCSE exam system has yet to gain professional and public confidence, a report found yesterday. A recent survey by YouGov for the exam... Read On

‘Chaotic’ A-Level Reforms Worrying School Heads

‘Chaotic’ A-Level Reforms Worrying School Heads

The UK government’s A-level reforms have been branded ‘chaotic’ by several leading headmasters in the UK after the latest upheaval was revealed on Tuesday. Four subjects have been scrapped,... Read On

Lack of Vocational Training ‘A Major Issue for UAE’

Lack of Vocational Training ‘A Major Issue for UAE’

The UAE is lagging behind the world’s leading economies in the provision of vocational education, according to a study published by the consultancy firm Deloitte.  The global average for... Read On

Confusion Reigns Over KG1 Entry Age Rule

Confusion Reigns Over KG1 Entry Age Rule

Schools in the UAE are in a state of confusion over the age at which children may be admitted to KG1 following a ruling by the UAE’s Ministry of... Read On

“Tablets To Replace Books in 10 Years” – GEMS Boss

“Tablets To Replace Books in 10 Years” – GEMS Boss

Schools in the UAE may ditch traditional textbooks in favour of online resources within five to ten years according to Dino Varkey, Group COO at GEMS Education. “What technology... Read On

International Baccalaureate ‘Gaining Ground’ in UAE

International Baccalaureate ‘Gaining Ground’ in UAE

Officials from the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) signed an agreement last week with the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) which will further enhance the growing popularity of the qualification... Read On

‘Finnish Lessons’: Model for Educational Success?

‘Finnish Lessons’: Model for Educational Success?

The recent announcement of the PISA results which tested 15 year old children’s aptitude across the globe in key areas made for sobering reading in the UAE.  The country... Read On

CBSE Announces Moves to Discourage Rote Learning

CBSE Announces Moves to Discourage Rote Learning

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) in India has announced it is taking measures to discourage rote learning and to make their exam papers ‘more application-based’, according to... Read On

New UAE Education Proposals; WSA Responds

New UAE Education Proposals; WSA Responds

Following from the retreat that HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid led on education last week WhichSchoolAdvisor.com’s Dr Michael Biggs responds to the recommendations that resulted from it. Educational provision... Read On

‘Children Starting School Too Young’ Say UK Experts

‘Children Starting School Too Young’ Say UK Experts

More than 100 leading UK teachers, writers and academics have called for a radical overhaul of early years education in the British curriculum. In a letter sent to The... Read On

The British Are Coming: A Level, IGCSE U.S. Inroads

The British Are Coming: A Level, IGCSE U.S. Inroads

IGCSE and International A level via Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) are to be offered in the fourth largest school district in the U.S.: Miami, Florida. The move, as reported in TES... Read On

Authorities Clamp Down On Illegal Day-Care Centres

Authorities Clamp Down On Illegal Day-Care Centres

Parents in Dubai have been warned against using illegal day-care centres operating in apartments or villas in the emirate. The centres have sprung up around Dubai as the cost... Read On

New Rules For Arabic/Islamic Studies Teachers

New Rules For Arabic/Islamic Studies Teachers

Dubai’s education regulator, the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) has announced that it will now directly supervise the recruitment of teachers in Arabic and Islamic studies in all... Read On

UAE Concern on UK’s ‘Radical’ New Curriculum

UAE Concern on UK’s ‘Radical’ New Curriculum

Parents in the UAE are concerned about the timescale for the implementation of the radical new English curriculum launched this week, according to reports in the daily newspaper The... Read On

Greenfield Community School Gets Final IB Authorisation

Greenfield Community School Gets Final IB Authorisation

Taaleem’s Greenfield Community School has become one of just five schools worldwide to have become authorised to offer all four of the IB Programmes: the Primary Years (PYP), Middle... Read On

Senior CBSE Official Condemns Private Tuition

Senior CBSE Official Condemns Private Tuition

A senior official of the New Delhi-based Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) spoke out strongly against private tuition while attending an educational event in Qatar this week. “CBSE... Read On

New UK Qualification ‘A Major Boost’ For Vocational Training

New UK Qualification ‘A Major Boost’ For Vocational Training

Vocational training has received a major boost within the UK school curriculum with the announcement today that a “technical baccalaureate” is to be introduced.  This will be designed to... Read On

New Nursery Law Improves Focus on ‘Education’

New Nursery Law Improves Focus on ‘Education’

New legislation which is being promoted by the UAE Ministry of Social Affairs will introduce stronger regulation for the country’s nurseries.  A key change will be an amendment of... Read On

The Rise of International Baccalaureate In India

The Rise of International Baccalaureate In India

The International Baccalaureate High School Diploma is rapidly gaining popularity among Indian pupils and parents, according to a report in the U.S newspaper, the New York Times. The number... Read On

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