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06 May 2015
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Survey: Record enrolment reported at UK independent schools
Private schools in the UK are enroling a record number of students, according to a survey by the Independent Schools Council. Findings also show fewer British residents are studying in independent schools, while there has been a 33% increase since 2008 in the number of students from overseas, primarily from China and Hong Kong. The Guardian (London) (30 Apr.)
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Toronto board proposes school offering 4 languages
The Toronto Catholic District School Board in Canada has proposed a multilingual elementary school that would teach students up to four languages daily. The programme would use a European language immersion model to teach French, German, Mandarin and Spanish. If approved, the school would be the first of its kind in Ontario. The Toronto Star (28 Apr.)
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Professional Development
The importance of positive language for school leaders
To be effective, school leaders must use positive and direct language and be deliberate in complimenting teachers and staff and encouraging students, writes Dan Kerr, intermediate school principal at Academia Cotopaxi American International School in Quito, Ecuador. "We often say things that have a profound impact on another person's mood or day or self-esteem and we don't even realize it ... and that just isn't good enough," he writes in this blog post. Connected Principals blog (03 May.)
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Leadership and Governance
OECD calls on Sweden to improve education system
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development is urging Sweden to reform its education system following a decade of declining performance on international assessments. Recommendations include raising teachers' salaries and focusing more on the performance of immigrant students. ABC News/The Associated Press (04 May.)
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Should students have access to Google during exams?
Students should be allowed to use Google during exams, according to Mark Dawe, chief executive of the Oxford, Cambridge and RSA exam board. The suggestion has sparked debate. In this article, two experts weigh the pros and cons of the proposed change. The Guardian (London) (30 Apr.)
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Interest Area Spotlight
France, Germany at odds over plan for foreign-language learning
France plans to change a policy that allows students to study two foreign languages in secondary school. Typically, students choose English and German. However, officials in Germany are concerned that, faced with choosing one language, English will prevail -- a trend that some assert could affect Franco-German relations. Reuters (29 Apr.)
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ECIS membership for 2015-16: Renew (or join) now!
We are grateful to our many members for their support, generative ideas, and shared passion for international education! We have a defined period for membership renewal for next school year. The renewal period runs 1 May to 31 Aug.: visit here to renew. If you've been considering ECIS membership, please visit here to see the different levels of membership; you can also join from that page.
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"Build Back Better" in Nepal
As you have seen in the news recently, a lot of people have lost their lives in the earthquake in Nepal. The humanitarian community is coming together to address the immediate needs of those affected. For more details on how you can support Nepal, please visit this link Build Back Better.
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