Independent tertiary institutions for further education can be accredited not only by Ofsted, who advises the Secretary of State of Children, Schools and Families about the suitability of private tertiary institutions for advanced registration as independent schools, but also by the BAC – British Accreditation Council, which has offers a quality assurance scheme for independent further and higher education since 1984.
BAC accreditation is internationally recognized: therefore, this is a guarantee for GCSE or A-level students abroad that the independent tertiary institution in which they are enrolled is considered genuine by immigration officials and is a leading institution of further education.
BAC accreditation lasts for four years. Inspections are carried out in various ways, including visits that are announced and not announced to private tertiary institutions by inspectors and submissions of annual returns by tertiary institutions.
BAC inspectors focus on various fields to assess the quality of education provision in independent tertiary institutions. They usually observe a number of classes on campus for a certain period of time, and ask GCSE students or sixth / A-level students what they think about their teacher and the activities offered by independent tertiary institutions. They also asked students about the extra support they received outside the classroom. They assess the level of teaching (for example if creative and imaginative) and the level of active participation of GCSE and A-level students: therefore, small class sizes with personalized teaching approaches, which are usually the priority of private tertiary institutions for further education, are viewed favorably by BAC inspector.
BAC also considers whether independent universities have specialist facilities, such as computer and multimedia facilities, and can assess the quality of the work produced, for example at the Arts Center.
The social programs offered by private tertiary institutions are the other main points of assessment: for example, BAC inspectors will look at choices of educational activities (such as cultural trips) and sports available for GCSE students and A-level students. Finally, BAC will consider the work of independent college administration, such as scheduling, and how student complaints are handled by college staff.
Ofsted carries out inspections in cycles which last around three years. Ofsted inspections focus on the quality of teaching at independent colleges of further education and assess whether sixth-form/A-level students achieve their goals in terms of entry to higher education and admission at the university of their choice.
Aspects covered by Ofsted inspections include the attitude of the private college’s students to learning, the level of individual attention offered to them, their involvement in lessons, and how their progress is monitored by the college staff. So, like BAC, Ofsted will award high marks to independent colleges of further education where class sizes are small, with a high level of individual attention.
Ofsted inspector also considers how private tertiary students are assessed, from the point of view of questions and assessments, and evaluates whether the preparation meets the exam specifications, that is if the assessment task is relevant to the expected results.
Another important aspect for Ofsted … Read MoreContinue reading
If you are unable to get further education, don’t worry, you are the majority. School fees have risen so much in recent years that unless you are very capable, you cannot expect to pay all your bills yourself. While some turn to student loans, this is only a temporary solution and often leaves students with far greater problems after graduation. Others turn to friends and family to help offset costs, however, there must be an easier way. This “easy way” is often in the form of scholarships. Scholarships offer money to you to continue your education without conditions about having to pay back the money. Imagine how much difference a single $ 10,000 scholarship makes a year.
There are often limits on how you can enter into a scholarship, which is why you have to explore all of your options before deciding where to invest your time. First, you have an academic scholarship that often requires a high GPA in addition to a history of taking difficult courses. If you meet the requirements, then you should try it because the competition is not too large due to obstacles to enter. If academics aren’t your strength, don’t worry, there are still plenty of other scholarships for you.
Other scholarships can be for community service or to be part of a team, what if you don’t have the ability to distinguish? Are you stuck in a normal life? Don’t accept this, there are plenty of scholarships for those who only take the initiative to continue their learning. The best part is that many of these scholarships are based online which means you don’t even have to leave your room to register.… Read MoreContinue reading
They say if you find job that you like and love, then you will never work another day in your life, which produces good quotes and there is little truth in them. Not long ago, I was discussing such concept with an acquaintance of mine on the East Coast and he noted his desires and had decided to pursue them, okay for him, I say, everyone must pursue their dreams and if they are dedicated, they might just be there. Okay so let’s talk about this.
I believe that Bill Gates and Warren Buffet told group of students that they should pursue their desires, not just money. Some students don’t listen, but I think most of them. It’s true that we always do better at what we really like to do, this is precisely why I explained to my acquaintances that getting good grades at school is simple, you just have to enjoy the subject, like it, and care about it – it’s good grades will follow.
Just like you have to have the desire for whatever you do in life to be happy, and when you are happy and excited you will do well. It’s true in most all circumstances. My acquaintance did note that there are far too many people who are not happy with their jobs or careers. I agree and too bad for them, thankfully I am not one of them. Still on the flip side to this argument, there is something else to consider.
You know, there are other common problems, that you take something you like to do, hobbies, and turn it into profession, and suddenly it becomes job instead of pleasure, and that you lose passion. That way you destroy something that you love, which is terrible thing.
In fact, I’ve talked to number of artists in our think tank, and they have explained to me that they used to love to do their artwork, but now that they do it for money, they find it more stressful, and they can’t create the things that they love to do, rather they must create the artwork that people will pay for.
So you can see this is an unfortunate trap to have. When it comes to getting good grades, it pays to thoroughly enjoy the subject matter, but when it becomes too much of chore, or too stressful that becomes burden, and then it becomes no fun anymore. great teacher or professor will not allow this to happen, but often they do through their wicked sense of humor, or through the mandated rote memorization style test questions. Indeed I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.… Read MoreContinue reading
How do you groom the next generation of leaders in America? Obviously we need them, and as we are busy pulling levers and spinning gears in our education system to fine-tune it, perhaps we ought to be thinking here as well? Sure, math, science, reading, writing, physical education, and creative thinking are paramount, but so too are the learned skills to carry this great American torch forward to future games.
Besides that country is only as good as its education system was 20-years the prior. Okay so, are we living up to the standard – who will our future leaders be, will they even know what they are doing? Not long ago, I was discussing this with an acquaintance and he suggested that to get this done, we’d need “tremendous recognition” program to go along with it, one which was highly visible, even involving our current sports, academic, scientific, business, and political leaders.
Okay, this makes sense, however, brief word of caution to this concept – as long as it’s not false praise, nothing causes more distrust than an over-achiever receiving false praise. But I guess in way what’s the old adage; “it’s amazing what people will do for medal,” and therein lies another problem, recognizing success ads more credence to the group giving the awards than the individual getting the accolades, that’s why groups give them in the first place, it elevates the group.
So, I ask; what’s the name of this future leadership group. That is to say “what group are we giving power too?” And why are we giving it power – does it deserve the power, or loyal group of young followers? Starting young leadership group is fine, if done for the right reasons.
My acquaintance suggested giving our logo’ed attire, certificates, and other things which perhaps could be added to future resumes, or college entrance accolade lists. I guess this kind of reminds me of Boy’s State program. Hey, doesn’t the AlabamNASCamp do this too? Yes, that might work, I even wonder if Boeing, IBM, Intel, GE, Microsoft, Google, Walmart, Northrop, Ford, GM, AT&T, BofA, Raytheon, Wharton, Stanford, Sloan, Harvard, etc, etc wouldn’t jump on board, it would serve them well with pipeline of future leaders and get the kids interested in the future.
What about government leadership, leadership in the non-profit sector too? Future military leaders? All critical components of America’s future – and yes, it does very much matter. Indeed, I ask that you please consider all this and think on it.… Read MoreContinue reading
As Singapore shifts its economic focus from industrialization to a knowledge-based economy, gaining academic qualifications becomes increasingly important. Knowledge is now recognized as a key driver for productivity and economic growth.
As a result, it is increasingly common to see students in Singapore take private degree courses to improve their competitiveness in the field of play. The Institute of Technical Education (ITE) has begun offering bridging diploma programs and the Polytechnic has similarly begun offering bridging degree programs only to ensure their students get an edge in society as far as academic qualifications are concerned.
With the growth of China and India, coupled with the influx of strong foreign talents in Singapore, it is increasingly competitive to find good jobs in Singapore. Employers generally prefer to employ such foreign talent because they demand lower salaries, are equally qualified, and are not inferior to Singaporeans in terms of work productivity. Therefore, if Singaporeans do not increase their excellence in terms of academic qualifications and work productivity, they will be inferior to these foreign talents. This highlights the importance of education in Singapore.
The best way to pave the way for good education in Singapore is to start young. Middle school students in particular should not take education for granted. Secondary school education is important because it builds a strong foundation for further study, be it in polytechnics or at universities. Middle school students who take their studies for granted and drop out of school will find themselves very disadvantaged. Armed with the highest PSLE qualifications, they will practically not be able to get any job in Singapore. Tiring jobs such as sweeping plantations will be given to foreign workers because of low wage demands. Therefore, if students at the secondary level do not appreciate the importance of education in Singapore, they will be in a very disadvantageous position.
Schools throughout Singapore are doing their best to revise their teaching methods and syllabus to ensure that their students get the most out of the Singapore education system. Schools have encouraged their students to think outside the box, encourage problem-based solving and creative thinking. Instilling these skills from a young age will give students a comparative advantage over their peers as they grow up.
Therefore, never underestimate the importance of education in Singapore. As a middle school student, one must try their best to excel at level O so that more choices await waiting for further study.… Read MoreContinue reading