Nord Anglia Education and King’s College London created the unique programme in 2016 to extend professional development opportunities for NAE staff. Candidates must apply, with the support of their school leaders, in order to be admitted into a part-time two year programme of study.
Exclusive to Nord Anglia employees, the degree is completed with a combination of virtual study and summer residencies. The programme focuses on developing participants’ understanding of effective school leadership in international education. All school fees are paid by Nord Anglia and travel to summer residencies are paid by the school.
“Participating in the King's College Master's programme has been extremely enlightening and I am very grateful for having been given this opportunity,” Ms Bual said.
It’s a rigorous programme under normal circumstances, but the global pandemic added additional challenges.
“Despite having to juggle work in a busy school and study on top of dealing with living in a pandemic it was a really worthwhile experience,” Ms Gatland said.
Candidates learn about international education, including research methods, intercultural education, second language acquisition, teaching, leadership and management. In addition they must produce a research project on the topic of their choice. Both Ms Bual and Ms Gatland found parts of the programme they really enjoyed.
“I loved learning about the history of international education, understanding in depth the various types of schools and considering where BSKL fits in now,” Ms Gatland said.
“I enjoyed learning about intercultural curriculums and adapting the delivery of my subject, Psychology, to ensure that my student's foster intercultural skills and understanding,” Ms Bual said.
Each cohort consists of Nord Anglia colleagues from around the world so participants develop a community and further develop their network of support within NAE.
Ms Gatland said: “It was great to go to London for the residentials, meet colleagues from NAE schools all over the world, have seminars at the university and of course visit the library!”
The participants’ learning should make both an immediate and lasting impact on BSKL.
“I particularly enjoyed learning about second language acquisition and taking on the challenge of learning a new language myself, reflecting upon the challenges I faced and strategies that worked best; which has enabled me to further support my EAL students, as both a pastoral leader and subject leader,” Ms Bual added.
In addition to coursework, each candidate produces a research project on the topic of their choosing.
Ms Bual’s research focused on understanding how global mobility affects students in developing their identity and sense of belonging.
“I hope my findings will help further support student wellbeing across the Nord Anglia Education network,” she said.
Ms Gatland’s research examined the English reading motivations among EAL students.
“I’m really excited to use my findings to develop provision in BSKL’s library collections, ensuring all students have access to reading materials which will engage, inspire and support learning,” she said.
Another BSKL teacher, Ms Mimnagh in Year 3, was accepted into the programme and anticipates completing the requirements in 2022.