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Why international schools outperform those in England

I taught in an international school in Gran Canaria, Spain for 8 years. Almost very child was Spanish and they received a curriculum based on the National Curriculum in England. Apart from their daily Spanish class, they learned everything in English. We had no teaching assistants but we did have one SEN teacher who did the most brilliant job. At times the going was difficult but every child tried their best, teachers worked their hardest and when the SAT's in English and Maths were taken we never doubted that the results would be similar to if not better than those from England's primaries. And every year the children proved themselves by doing just that.

How could that be?

It's quite simple really. There isn't a magic bullet, no secret teaching method nor learning style is used. What that school and many other international schools do is to leave out all the nonsense from government and trust their teachers to do the job they know best. Teachers are left to teach, to u…

The 21st Century teaching and learning myths

If you happen to follow the latest Education news you will have no doubt heard of the terms '21st Century Learner', '21st Century Classroom' and '21st Century Teacher'. And if you delve a little deeper to discover just what these terms mean then you may or may not come to the same conclusion as I have, they are myths.

Throughout history, we humans have used education as a means to better ourselves, to inform ourselves about the world around us, to gain knowledge and understanding, to make sense of it all, and we have used the tools and ideas around at those times to help us achieve those aims. From a rock to a piece of flint, an animal skin to the Book of Kells, fire to the atomic bomb, tools have driven our desire to learn more and more. Without the tools I wouldn't be writing this on my iPad, nor would I be able to use the Internet to publish it. You wouldn't be able to read it as it would probably be still in my head nor would you care as you wouldn&#…