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  • Best Practice Indicators of a Good Lesson

    24 Jan 2016Workshops

    ISIC works with schools, institutions and governments around the world to share best practice and work with education professionals to help... + Read more

    ISIC works with schools, institutions and governments around the world to share best practice and work with education professionals to help maximise learning outcomes and improve teaching practices.

    Drawing on this experience and working with literally hundreds of schools globally we have identified some key indicators as to what makes a good lesson:

    • Effective learning for all
    • High expectations
    • High engagement
    • Pace and challenge
    • Use of Time
    • Pupil progress
    • Use of learning objectives and recapping
    • Checking and building on prior knowledge
    • Mutual respect and warm relationships
    • Motivation and behaviour
    • Good class management
    • Good use of assessment
    • Differentiation
    • Effective questioning
    • Enthusiasm and subject knowledge
    • Range of activities
    • Good use of resources including ICT

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  • Cayman Island Minister Praises ISIC

    21 Oct 2015Business

    At the Third Meeting of the 2015/2016 Session of the Cayman Islands Legislative Assembly a statement was made to supplement the presentation of... + Read more

    At the Third Meeting of the 2015/2016 Session of the Cayman Islands Legislative Assembly a statement was made to supplement the presentation of the Baseline Schools Inspections and the Education Governance Review Reports By the Honourable Tara Rivers, JP, MLA Minister of Education, Employment and Gender Affairs.

    In the address the Minister provided an overview of the baseline inspections carried out in all 15 government schools across Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac between November 2014 and March 2015. She stated that ISIC was chosen by the local Lead Inspector because of its extensive record of having conducted independent school inspections in a number of countries, and for a proposal that outlined a very thorough inspections process. 

    When asked why ISIC was chosen to lead this highly successful review the Minister responded:

    "ISIC had the capacity to respond to the scale of the project being requested and to complete it within the stipulated timeframe. The information provided by ISIC in terms of costing, flexibility of scheduling, deployment and the way they went about ensuring their understanding of the Cayman context and the exact requirements, made them an obvious choice."

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  • ISIC Launches New Range of Seminars on Compliance Inspections

    4 Oct 2015Presentation

    ISIC has launched a new range of seminars designed to introduce the new ISI Compliance Inspection due to be rolled out for the majority of... + Read more

    ISIC has launched a new range of seminars designed to introduce the new ISI Compliance Inspection due to be rolled out for the majority of independent schools in the UK from 2016.

    These interactive and engaging seminars provide an overview of the key features and how these will impact schools, teachers, parents and pupils. It will also provide an opportunity for delegates to raise questions and seek clarification on specific issues with our trainers who are also Reporting Inspectors.

    By the end of this session delegates will: 

    • Understand the new ISI Compliance Framework
    • Know how to self-evaluate for Compliance Inspection
    • Know the sequence of inspection events; from notification, through preparation and the inspection visit to the production of the final report
    • Appreciate what inspectors are looking for and how they will work with your school
    • Know the types of evidence you should have available

    Click here to book your place on the next seminar. 

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  • ISIC BTS Training Sets Brunei Inspectorates On the Right Path

    23 Jan 2015Workshops

    The Brunei Times reports that the Brunei Teachers’ Standard (BTS) intensive training workshop is currently setting inspectorates into the... + Read more

    The Brunei Times reports that the Brunei Teachers’ Standard (BTS) intensive training workshop is currently setting inspectorates into the right direction as they set forth in having the BTS passed on to teachers next year.

    The Director of Inspectorates at the Ministry of Education, Tan Lian Lian is one of the participants for the two-day course that involves her department and the Department of Schools.

    In an interview with The Brunei Times, she said that the workshop has reinforced their resolve in knowing that they are being steered into the right direction with the BTS.

    “From our group of inspectorates, we are enjoying it as it is our core business that is to observe the teaching and learning. "What is happening here is that we are being taught and sometimes some of us need to be reminded what to look for and the contents of the workshop has confirmed that what we are doing and what we have been doing is correct,” said Tan.

     She explained that the workshop has participants learn to identify the quality of learning that is taking place and that they have been on point in their practices.

     “I am very proud of our inspectorates as we have been on target. This confirms that what we have known is correct and now it refines our skills as inspectorates. Sometimes we learn from experience and now with the consultants here to guide us through, it is a further endorsement to our job,” added the Inspectorates director.

    The workshop is currently the first set of training for the Inspectorates Department and the Department of Schools where teachers are required to involve students in challenging intellectual learning, by identifying their level of knowledge, capability and efficiency.

    The workshop is just one part of a series of workshops and intensive training by ISIC of approx. 700 education professionals in a new set of national teaching standards designed jointly with ISIC planned to transform the lives of learners in the country. 

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