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By Julie Moore With international schools becoming more mainstream in Beijing, more and more students and their families are being forced to think about where to attend university abroad much earlier, and many students in Beijing are choosing between the UK and the US. Making this decision often comes before choosing which international school to attend in Beijing. Competition between international schools offering the IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) and A-levels geared more towards attending universities in the UK and those offering IB courses more commonly used in the US are increasing the pressure to decide on a country more quickly.
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I see many of my students struggling to decide which school to apply to based on where they imagine themselves living abroad in the future as young as age five. Many students and their parents haven't visited America or the UK, and are forced to rely on news headlines or word of mouth to make these tough decisions.   

My advice is to look at the courses offered and to choose the ones that leave the most possibilities for the future. It means choosing a path that offers IB courses because the reality is IB courses are simply more widely accepted around the world at the moment.  

Many people are quick to point out the heavy workload of IB courses because the students focus on six subjects. While it is true the IB workload is intense, this leaves students more options to make decisions on their majors in university later. A-level courses focus on three to four subjects chosen by the students around age 14. The choices the students make are serious and can have lasting impacts on their future. Some will argue students who study A-level courses have a deeper understanding of the subjects, but do they have a deep understanding of what they want in their future?  

In the end, it is probably true that a student who is successful in IB courses or A-level courses will be successful. I personally do not appreciate the restrictions of A-level courses. There seem to be more international schools in Beijing with the same opinion given the amount offering IB programs versus A-level courses.

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Canada amd New Zealand are better overall options.

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Mishao Post time: 2018-2-1 19:56
Canada amd New Zealand are better overall options.

Since January, teachers in England will have the option of using “Real Shanghai Mathematics,” a series of 36 textbooks translated directly from Chinese into English. The only difference?
   The renminbi symbols will be replaced by British pound signs.

Experts say England is the first country to forge ahead with a bold government-backed plan to remake some classrooms in the image of the East.
Under a $54 million initiative funded by the government, more than half the primary schools in England will adopt a teaching approach to math that is used in top-performing places like Shanghai and Singapore.

“I am confident that the steps we are taking now will ensure young people are properly prepared for further study and the 21st-century workplace, and that the too often heard phrase ‘can’t do maths’ is consigned to the past,” said Nick Gibb, the British schools minister who oversees primary education, when he announced the initiative last year.

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emanreus Post time: 2018-2-1 20:59
Since January, teachers in England will have the option of using “Real Shanghai Mathematics,” a ...

Good points made here.

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Mishao Post time: 2018-2-2 20:23
Good points made here.

Just the Truth,   Real News around the World

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seneca Post time: 2018-2-6 16:19
What has your post to do with the original topic? DO you think Chinese will flock to Britain to st ...

No, I don't think so...

Not after unexplained Wealth Orders, which came into force on 31 January 2018 force wealthy people to explain the source of their assets.

The so-called Laundromat case - a scheme in which fake companies mainly based in the UK were used to launder foreign cash through Western banks.

I think it's better to hirer foreign teachers at local Unis and buy a villa instead at home ...

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