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Mr Nicholas West Weekly Update 11/3/2016

11 March 2016

This week’s article is written from Hong Kong where I am currently inspecting a school and analysing its standards, strengths and areas to develop in the future. 

  • BVIS Hanoi Primary 20160311
  • Korean club BVIS
  • Mandarin club BVIS
  • Dutch club BVIS

This is all as part of a BSO inspection, or an inspection of British Schools Overseas. Up until starting at BVIS, I regularly inspected schools in the UK following the Ofsted, Office for standards in education, framework. BSO inspections are also approved and monitored by Ofsted. It is a great professional opportunity to be able to see other schools in actions, to see what they do well and to offer suggestions for improvement. Of course, all this learning can then be shared with our staff and leaders. Quite often, this is to celebrate what we do well and sometimes better than the school being inspected. Sometimes it may be equipment and resource ideas that we can try and occasionally something that challenges the way we may do something.

Many British schools overseas have a very different culture to BVIS but being part of a school is always about learning, asking key questions to how we can improve and sharing learning experiences together. I do let the children know what I am doing and hopefully it will promote shared collaborative learning with them.

We always miss being out of school, whether it be on a course, professional learning experiences or inspecting other schools. I know this week will have been fantastic as you all celebrated language together and I cannot wait to hear all about it on Friday. I hope you all enjoyed it and the children shared their experiences with you at home.

Mr Nicholas West – Head of Primary