31 August 2023
Education Philosophy captures the CGS Teaching and Learning approach
Today, CATS Global Schools (CGS) publishes a realigned education philosophy, capturing its current teaching and learning approach.
This development is part of the organisation's strategy to create a global family of schools recognised for educational excellence.
"With a repositioning of several of our schools, we took the opportunity to revisit how we articulate our education value to prospective students and parents."
Managing Director Schools
The revised philosophy follows the organisation's rebranding in 2021, which united its 13 schools in the UK, US, and China with a new vision, mission, and set of values, and the recent rebranding of three of its UK international high schools.
Dr Craig Wilson, MD Schools and Co-Chair of the CGS Education Committee led a key group of individuals involved in developing the organisation's teaching and learning approach, comments:
"With a repositioning of several of our schools, we took the opportunity to revisit how we articulate our education value to prospective students and parents.
"The realigned philosophy brings a greater focus on the skills and knowledge students really need from education both to progress to a great university destination of their choice and then to succeed there and live and thrive in the future.
"Although each CGS school offers different experiences, catering to students' varying needs, at the heart of every CGS education are the individual needs of every student."
"The key components of any education system are the teachers, the students, the curriculum (what to teach), and pedagogy (how to teach). For CGS, boarding is also a significant area for many students."
CGS Chief Academic Adviser
Dr Sue Brindley, CGS Chief Academic Adviser, Education Committee Co-Chair, captured the CGS education philosophy in five statements, which describe the organisation's investment in students, teachers, pedagogy, curriculum, and boarding. Sue comments:
"The key components of any education system are the teachers, the students, the curriculum (what to teach), and pedagogy (how to teach). For CGS, boarding is also a significant area for many students.
"I gathered evidence from each of our schools about the values, beliefs, and practices across these areas and analysed the data to produce statements that reflect the shared philosophies across schools. Together, these five statements demonstrate the CGS commitment to student success through the work of highly professional teachers skilled in knowledge and classroom practices. Our Boarding staff provide the home-from-home environment that our students and their parents value so highly.
"Each statement contains video evidence from staff and students of their positive experiences at CGS and demonstrates clearly that CGS' commitment to outstanding education is rooted in a coherent and consistent shared understanding of effective teaching and learning."
Craig Wilson adds:
"By writing down how we go about teaching and learning, we are creating a shared understanding of the value and impact of a CGS education.
"The CGS Education Philosophy Statements are the key to explaining to parents and partners how we help equip our students with the skills that will see them be active contributors and impact their world and their communities."