Why choose a British Education?
Here at BCA, we aim to raise a generation of young people who are fully prepared to live happy, fulfilling lives. We take a broad view of education which embraces a responsibility to prepare our students fully for the challenges ahead.
Foundation: we start from a basis that all children are different and that happy children, with good self esteem will learn best; not just acquire academic knowledge and skills but learn who they are, what they believe and what they want from their future.
Curriculum: the British curriculum is broad and varied and gives schools flexibility to place emphasis on key areas relevant to the school's local context and philosophy of education. The British curriculum gives students access to broad knowledge across the areas of sciences, technology, humanities, languages, mathematics, the arts, sports and personal, social and values education. There is also a supplementary extra curricular programme of activities.
Teaching and Learning: the key to successful teaching and learning is the recognition that all students have different capacities and needs which must be addressed in the classroom. This is also critical for the child's self esteem. Therefore, our teachers plan their lessons with these differences in mind putting the learning within the extended grasp of the individual children who are the centre of all activities. Each class is seen as a workshop in which all children participate in a variety of ways receiving continuous encouragement and feedback on their learning journey.
Assessment: both students and their parents need to know how the child is progressing in the different areas of the curriculum. So does the teacher in order to prepare future lessons that are appropriate for the individual children. Therefore the teacher monitors all the students’ progress and uses the information to ensure teaching is pitched at the right level. Also, periodically, the children are more formally assessed to give an objective measurement of attainment and progress.
Values: all learning is underpinned by the acquisition and understanding of personal values such as respect, wellbeing and mindfulness. These are presented in assemblies, are introduced into lessons and discussed regularly. Children's values are recognised and rewarded to encourage their development. The acquisition of values is a key to establishing a calm, purposeful atmosphere in the school and to create positive relationships throughout the school community. The same values are modelled by the staff who establish warm relationships with the children.
Expectations: we set high expectations of all members of the school community for the benefit of the children which we set out in writing for pupils, parents and staff. We give recognition to good pupil behaviour both inside and outside the classroom and create an atmosphere of positive achievement. We work hard with the pupils to avoid conflicts and bullying but we also have sanctions for pupils who persist with poor behaviour.
Life skills: the employment market is changing quickly and many of the functions young children of today will fulfil in the future don't yet exist. To prepare them for that unknown future we anticipate they will need flexibility, the ability to work in a team, leadership qualities, confidence when speaking in public in a variety of languages, an understanding of the role of technology, the ability to investigate, make presentations, be creative and innovate, all of which we build into the education we offer.
Qualifications: In British education, there are objective externally validated assessments at the end of secondary education (IGCSE examinations) and at the end of Baccalaureate (A level or IB Diploma examinations). These qualifications provide access to universities in Britain, Andorra, Spain, France, USA and many other countries. That is why the British qualifications are the most popular qualifications amongst all international schools in the world today. They provide access to higher education and are recognised and valued by major employers around the globe.