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August update

Posted: Aug 14, 2018

IB Celebrations at Oakham School | Dickinson School Consulting
Published on : 
22/08/2018

August can seem a funny month in education. Some of the British boarding schools we work with are closed altogether, with just a skeleton staff in place to handle enquiries and, in some cases, host events, while others are abuzz with summer schools welcoming children from all over the world. At this point in the month, however, it starts to feel like business as usual, as the schools and, more to the point, their students brace themselves for exam results: A Level results are published on Thursday 16th and (i)GCSE results come out on Thursday 23rd.

Bede’s bespoke 6th Form programme

Posted: Mar 28, 2018

Teambuilding - part of the Bede's Diploma | Dickinson School Consulting
Working on the Extended Project Qualification | Dickinson School Consulting
Published on : 
28/03/2018

The latest newsletter from Bede’s, a British boarding school in the south east of England, includes a feature about its diploma programme, which we thought would make an interesting addition to our blog.

The external qualifications offered in Bede’s Sixth Form are A Level, Pre-U and BTEC. Alongside studying for those exams, all pupils undertake a holistic enrichment programme, the Bede’s Diploma, which has four elements: Extend, Enrich, Enlighten and Enhance.

Warminster School’s annual Curriculum Enrichment Day

Posted: Jan 08, 2018

Winning entry at Warminster School's 2017 CED | Dickinson School Consulting
Published on : 
08/01/2018

Each year Warminster School, an English boarding school in Wiltshire, holds a Curriculum Enrichment Day (CED), which takes learning out of the classroom, crosses subject boundaries and combines the talents of students from years 7 to 13, as they work together within their House groups to solve a problem or create a product.

Results day for new GCSEs

Posted: Sep 08, 2017

GCSE pupils at Wellington School | Dickinson School Consulting
Published on : 
08/09/2017

The big news over the summer was that GCSE results in England included the new grades for English Language, English Literature and Maths.

New grading for GCSEs

Posted: Dec 13, 2016

GCSE grading reform infographic | Dickinson British Boarding School Consulting
Published on : 
13/12/16

GCSEs in England are in the process of being reformed and, as we like to keep you updated on developments in British education, this is our short guide to the changes and their chronology.

A Level Update

Posted: Oct 04, 2016

Students sitting their A Level exams | Dickinson British Boarding School Consulting
Published on : 
04/10/16

When considering a child’s education in the UK, obviously the course of study they will follow is of paramount importance, particularly at that key phase just ahead of leaving secondary education at the age of 18. We have covered the courses available to 16-18-year-olds in a previous article but this academic year sees a change to the way A Levels are taught and examined, so we thought a follow-up may be useful.

2016’s IB results are in!

Posted: Jul 14, 2016

Students celebrating success in their IB Diploma exams
Published on : 
14/07/16

Early in July, students across the UK and the world receive their International Baccalaureate Diploma results. This news, which to them is so important, passes largely unnoticed by the British media, unlike the furore which greets A Level then GCSE results later in the summer.

Relax it's only revision!

Posted: Apr 01, 2016

Student revising hard for exams | Dickinson British Boarding School Consulting
Published on : 
01/04/16

Time flies when you’re having fun and, amazingly, we are already more than halfway through this academic year. While the summer and exams may still seem a little way off, coursework deadlines could be looming and it’s never too soon to at least prepare for revision.

Sixth Form in Scotland

Posted: Mar 11, 2016

Scottish Saltire | Sixth Form in Scotland | Dickinson British Boarding School Consulting
Published on : 
07/02/17

Following on from our recent guide to British Sixth Form study, we thought it might be helpful to zero in on the options available at boarding schools in Scotland.

Sixth Form Certificates

Posted: Jan 27, 2016

Sixth Form students in King Edward's School Witley's Business & Finance Centre Boardroom | Dickinson British Boarding School Consulting
Published on : 
27/01/16

Schools in the UK offer several different qualifications to students completing their Sixth Form studies. These include the vocational BTECs (certificates awarded by the Business and Technology Education Council); the Cambridge Pre-U, which prepares learners for the skills and knowledge they need to succeed at university, and, in Scotland, the Scottish Highers, which provide certification for a broad general education and have been the main route to higher education since 1888.