15 November 2022
Education Committee to drive student outcomes and teaching and learning best practice
CATS Global Schools (CGS) Education Committee held its inaugural meeting to drive student outcomes and teaching and learning best practice earlier this month.
The Committee, co-chaired by Managing Director Schools, Dr Craig Wilson and Dr Sue Brindley, Chief Academic Advisor and an Associate Professor at the University of Cambridge, will achieve this partly through creating a united education philosophy and partly through developing an evidence and research-based professional development culture, with committee members either working on or developing research projects.
"The positivity and enthusiasm shown by members of the Education Committee is a testament to the professionalism CGS teachers bring to teaching and learning. Their ongoing commitment to ensuring our students receive the best opportunities to write their success stories is rooted in a determination to be at the forefront of all that is good in curricular and pedagogical innovation."
Academic Advisor and an Associate Professor at the University of Cambridge
The Committee will initially focus on establishing agreed education standards in curricular provision, excellence in pedagogy, and in professional standing, ready for September 2023. The standards will outline what students can expect from their CGS experience, regardless of the programme of study or school they choose, and what they can expect from their teachers.
In addition, three initial research projects will be developed over the following two terms, focusing on developing subject knowledge, designing innovative pedagogies, and inclusive education. They are:
- Subject Networks - promoting the sharing of best practice and support in subject areas across schools – Alan Naden, Bournemouth Collegiate School
- Does mentoring to support focused independent study lead to improved academic outcomes for Additional Learning Need (ALN) learners? – Angela Prickett, St Michael’s School
- Ways to create a great lesson. Key elements of lesson planning – Hayley Pienaar, CATS Cambridge.
"I look forward to seeing progress on the first three research proposals and capturing and articulating the educational approach that CGS students benefit from so that we can talk more confidently with our parents and partners."
Managing Director, Schools of CATS Global Schools
As part of the Committee’s contribution to CATS Global School’s mission of creating “a global community of schools that goes further than others in the pursuit of future-thinking academic excellence,” members will also contribute to shaping continuous professional development (CPD) activities and act as a conduit to ensure that recent research findings from outside the Group are shared across the CGS community.