Last week Shanghai hosted the bi annual Nord Anglia Education (NAE) Senior Leadership Team (SLT) Meeting over three days the first day of which, the Principals’ Day, was held at BISS Puxi.
It is not every day that you have nearly thirty of your peers visiting you, but that is exactly what we had on Tuesday last week with all of the NAE principals and the senior members of our Education Team on site. The meeting covered a variety of educational issues including the setting up of a curriculum commission to undertake periodic reviews of the curricular that our schools offer, further work on a project on Careers Education, Information and Guidance and some sessions on good practice across the family of schools. We also conducted a session on how we at BISS Puxi achieve our academic outcomes which included tours of the school for our visitors, during which the visitors were asked to look at specific aspects of the learners’ work in the classroom such as formative assessment and collaborative learning.
We were very proud of our students as we were showing the principals around the school. The day started with a fantastic performance from Natalie Lok in Year 7 on the Guzheng, which caught everyone’s attention, and throughout the rest of the day our students impressed our visitors with the quality of their work, their communication skills and their behaviour in class and around school.
As a group, the NAE Principals have an extraordinary breadth of academic and international experience. Therefore these meetings based in schools provide us all with excellent professional development and help to refresh our thinking as we start to look forward to next year. The day also provided us with some invaluable feedback on elements of the academic work that we are undertaking and developing.
The Principals’ Day was then followed by the two day SLT days held at BISS Pudong and at a downtown hotel. Work over these two days covered a gambit of things including the organisation’s IT Strategy which includes the provision of a new Management Information System which we will have in place at BISS Puxi in August, updates on some NAE wide initiatives emanating from the Global Classroom and Nord Anglia University and feedback on some important survey results which we have received on work done with parents and staff in recent months.
Just before the arrival of our visitors we received news of further growth in the family of schools with Dover Court Prep School, a long established 650 seat international school in Singapore, joining Nord Anglia Education.
Finally I would like to direct you to my most recent blog post on the school’s position on staying open for Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 21 next week. You may have seen reports that there will be some disruption in Shanghai due to the International Asia Conference. At the moment the school is very much intending to stay open and is guaranteed to be open for all exam students. We will provide you with any more up to date information as and when we receive it from the Chinese Authorities.
You can read this blog post by clicking on the link below.