10 reasons to choose a British education for your child
Parents want what’s best for their children, but when it comes to choosing a school, it can be hard to weigh up the advantages and disadvantages of different types of and approaches to education. In this article, Sally Lewis from St. George's, The British International School, explains why a British education could be a great choice for your child.
Education is one of the most important investments we can make for our children. A British education has long been recognised as a top choice for parents and students around the world, offering many advantages that prepare students for success. Here are 10 great reasons to choose a British education for your child.
1. Academic excellence
The British system is known for its high academic standards. The curriculum is designed to provide a well-rounded education, focusing not only on academics, but also on personal development. Students are encouraged to develop critical thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills. The education system in the UK is known for its research-intensive universities and a strong focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects.
2. Early childhood education
The British approach to teaching and learning emphasises early childhood education as an important foundation for a child's academic and personal development. From the age of two, most children attend preschools or nurseries that provide a stimulating and nurturing environment. This helps them learn and grow through play and exploration. This stage focuses on developing children's social skills, language and literacy, and numeracy skills, preparing them for the next stages of their education.
3. A comprehensive curriculum
The comprehensive curriculum adopted by British schools prepares students for the challenges they will face in later life. Between the ages of five and 11, students attend a primary school, where they learn core subjects such as English, maths, science and history.
From age 11 to 16, students attend secondary school, where they follow a broad curriculum that includes core subjects, as well as others like languages, social sciences, and the arts. At age 16, students take their GCSEs (General Certificate of Secondary Education), which assess their knowledge and understanding in these subjects. Students abroad take the International GCSE or IGCSE. This exam preparation builds the foundation for further study and the required confidence to pass later exams.
4. Ready for a globalised world
At age 16, students have the option to continue their studies in a specialised area of interest. British education offers a range of qualifications, including A-levels, the International Baccalaureate (IB), and vocational qualifications. The IB is the broadest programme that covers a range of subjects and is recognised by universities around the world. It emphasises the education of the whole individual (including creative thinking, action and community service alongside traditional subjects) while aiming to develop a passion for lifelong learning.
5. A strong emphasis on soft skills
In addition to academic excellence, a British education places a strong emphasis on the development of soft skills. These include teamwork, open communication, public speaking and leadership. Students are encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities, such as sports, music and drama, which help them develop skills and prepare for success not only in their academic studies but also in their personal and professional lives.
6. A holistic approach to education
A holistic approach to education provides pupils with a range of opportunities in and out of the classroom to help develop important learner attributes and human qualities such as care, tolerance, and respect for others. Students at British schools are encouraged to engage actively, ethically and purposefully with the world around them and to respect other cultures and beliefs. The well-known “house system” - where students become members of a house (a subgroup of the student body) on their first day of school - contributes to this goal, by promoting a welcoming culture and healthy competition between pupils.
7. A balance of tradition and innovation
The British education system, which includes some of the world’s oldest and most prestigious universities and schools, has a long history and is steeped in tradition. It has also been quick to adopt innovative approaches to teaching and learning, incorporating new technologies and methods to improve outcomes for students. This balance is reflected in the curriculum, which emphasises core subjects while also allowing for flexibility and experimentation. Ultimately, the British system prepares students for success in an ever-changing world while also preserving the best of the past.
8. A safe and stimulating learning environment
British education is committed to providing a learning environment that is secure and stimulating. Schools have a strong safeguarding culture which includes not only an unwavering commitment to child protection but also the emotional, physical, and mental health and wellbeing of every child. Staff are recruited based on their qualifications, training, background and criminal history, which are thoroughly checked.
9. Global recognition
British education is globally recognised and respected. Graduates from British schools are highly valued by universities and employers around the world, opening doors to various career opportunities.
10. English Language
English is the most commonly spoken language in the world and is the language of science, aviation, computers, diplomacy and business. Immersing children in an English language environment gives students access to a world of opportunity. It prepares them for international studies and careers, and gives them the possibility to enjoy rich social interactions in many cultures across the world.
St. George’s, The British International School, is the biggest school group in Germany with schools in Cologne, Düsseldorf Rhein-Ruhr and Munich, and pupils from over 50 different countries. The schools accept students between the ages of two and 18, and follow the National Curriculum of England, allowing students to complete IGCSEs and then the IB. St. George’s schools aim to prepare children to lead a life that makes a difference, embracing responsibility, and seeking to influence others positively.