BSO Accreditation can provide several benefits, both for the schools themselves and for their pupils.
In 2022, ISC Research data recorded a total of 13,180 English-Medium international schools around the world enrolling 5.8 million students aged between 3 and 18 and employing 571,000 teaching staff. The sector emerged from the pandemic stronger than ever.
Enrolment within the global international schools market continues to grow, with the number of students rising by 200,000 from July 2021 to July 2022. Every family and their needs are different, but common reasons for choosing an international school repeatedly arise. The promise of learning in English and sitting globally recognised exams which offer reliable access to global career potential remains the main appeal of international schools.
Accreditation ensures that a school meets specific standards of quality and educational excellence. It provides external validation of the school’s commitment to providing a high-quality education and demonstrates that it has undergone rigorous evaluation by a DfE approved accrediting inspectorate.
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BSO Accreditation is Globally recognised:
Accreditation enhances the reputation and global recognition of British overseas schools. It indicates that the school meets international standards and can attract students, staff, and parents who value quality education.
Transferability of Education:
Accredited British schools often offer curricula and qualifications that are recognised worldwide. This can be particularly advantageous for pupils who may transfer to other accredited schools or universities in different countries, as their education is more likely to be recognised and accepted.
Improved Teaching and Learning:
The accreditation process encourages schools to engage in continuous improvement. It prompts them to evaluate and enhance their teaching methodologies, curriculum design, and student support services. This focus on improvement benefits both students and teachers.
BSO Accreditation offers enhanced access to Resources and Support:
Accredited schools often gain access to a range of resources and support services. These may include professional development opportunities for teachers, access to best practices in education, and international associations and networking opportunities with other accredited schools.
College and University Recognition:
Accredited British overseas schools often have an advantage when it comes to college and university admissions. Many higher education institutions worldwide value students who have graduated from accredited schools, as it provides assurance of the quality of their education.
BSO Accreditation increases Parental Confidence:
Accreditation provides reassurance to parents that the school they choose for their children meets established standards of excellence. It demonstrates that the school is committed to providing a high-quality education and maintaining a safe and conducive learning environment.
Accountability and Continuous Improvement:
Accreditation establishes a framework for accountability and ongoing improvement. Schools are required to meet the specific BSO standards and undergo 3 yearly inspections to maintain their accreditation. This commitment to continuous improvement helps ensure that schools are responsive to the evolving needs of pupils and the educational landscape.
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