The Big Think: Is a British curriculum still best?

Presenter(s): Dr Fiona Rogers, David Hawkins, Nicola Merchant

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Is a British curriculum still best? 

The British education system has come under fire recently, with Brexit uncertainty, the cancellation of GCSE and A level assessments in 2020 and changes to the assessment arrangements in 2021. But despite it all, the British curriculum pathway still maintains its global position as the most prestigious education system in the world. 
In this webinar, our panel of invited education experts discuss the merits and advantages of a 'British' education and explain why a British curriculum is still best. 


Our panellists 

Dr Fiona Rogers is Deputy CEO and Director of Professional Development and Research with the Council of British International Schools. COBIS is a membership association representing nearly 300 high quality British international schools in 80 countries worldwide, serving, supporting and representing its member schools and corporate members, and providing quality assurance, training, consultancy and other services for British schools worldwide.

David Hawkins is Director and Founder of the University Guys and is one of a small number of independent counselors to hold the gold-standard international affiliation with the Council of International Schools. This year the University Guys supported students who gained offers from 133 universities in 13 countries, including institutions such as Stanford, Princeton, Yale, Oxford, Cambridge, Bocconi, IE and Toronto.

David holds memberships in the International Association for College Admissions Counseling, the Independent Educational Consultants Association, the Higher Education Consultants Association and serves on the Global Committee for IECA. As Director of The University Guys, he and his team provide bespoke, individual and accredited advising to families pursuing global university options.

Nicola Merchant is Director of International Qualifications at Pearson. As well as having direct oversight over Pearson’s international academic qualifications (International GCSEs and International A Levels), Nicola collaborates closely with colleagues to bring together a coherent approach to Pearson’s 5-19 journey for all learners and teachers.

Prior to joining Pearson, Nicola spent 20 years in the international private education sector. She has worked with education franchisees around the globe, providing consultation, guidance and training on the implementation of brands, products and services.


For: Senior leaders, senior leadership teams, school owners 

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