We are very excited to welcome you to our second column of our Education series, in which we will provide monthly updates on the educational progress of the school, while providing crucial tips and support to ensure the prosperity of your child. This month’s column will detail the advantages of your child undertaking their education through a British system, one renowned worldwide for its thoroughness and excellence. At the end of the 19th century, England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales introduced the concept of unified education sponsored at a state level. Alongside state-sponsored education, the British system thrives with its system of private education institutions, which have long opened up their facilities to local state-sponsored schools. Why is the British education system superior to those abroad? Take a look at these key advantages:
1. Internationally Recognised Qualifications. Students take GCSE examinations in Year 11, and A-level examinations in Year 13. These qualifications are known for their depth and rigorousness, and are designed to best prepare a child for elite further education institutions, such as Oxford and Cambridge.
2. Offering your child a head start. Schooling for the majority of British students begins at the age of four, typically earlier than many other education systems worldwide. This means that students under the British system are given a head start by developing their key skills of reading and writing while their brains are at their most amenable to learning. At this age, children are ‘sponges’ with the capacity to absorb high levels of information and interpersonal, speech and motor skills.

3. The National Curriculum. All students in England have to abide by a structured system of educational initiatives, a framework known as the National Curriculum. While private schools have more freedom to prescribe their curriculum, this ensures that all students have the same essential and basic knowledge they need to be informed and educated citizens. Compulsory subjects, alongside Personal, Social, Health and Economic education are prescribed, ensuring that all teachers remain dedicated to holistic development.

4. Proficiency in the English language. Lessons taught in English provide students with the perfect opportunity to perfect their skills in the language. English remains a globally spoken language, with more than 1.5 billion speakers using English as a first or a second language. English is key to becoming a global citizen and providing our students with the opportunity to study at the top institutions around the world. Students will be able to study English to the extent to which they could approach native-level ability.
March is also the month that marks World Book Day in the United Kingdom. On the 3rd March 2022, the United Kingdom celebrates authors, illustrators, books and the joys of reading. Many children in English schools are encouraged to dress up as their favorite book characters in order to raise money for charity. Every child in full-time education is given a voucher to spend on whatever book they want, in the hopes of encouraging children to develop a love for reading. Why not encourage your child to consider who their favorite book character is this month, and encourage them to dress up too!
We wish you a restful and prosperous month, and look forward to contacting you through our April education edition for more information and parenting tips!
Ava Sharpe, Training & Development Specialist, First Class BA degree at Oxford University, UK Shrewsbury School Phnom Penh


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