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  1. ESF A-level results see students smile

    Posted Aug 19th 2005, 12:00am by Liz Heron

    ... the pass rate stayed the same at 98.9 per cent. ESF schools remained comfortably ahead of average results for British A-level students, ensuring good prospects for those competing for places ... published in a bid to prevent it overshadowing results day. Chris Forse, the ESF's acting assistant chief executive, said: 'This is an excellent set of results for our students ...

  2. ESF goes high-tech in primary assessments

    Posted Jun 02nd 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... (Primary) for the ESF, said a need to distinguish between top students had spurred the foundation to search for a better test. 'The NAA has been useful in helping us to evaluate our ... accelerated the change. Ms Coker said the ESF had chosen InCAS because it offered individualised testing and instant feedback. 'The good thing about that is it is adaptive, if a student gets ...

  3. ESF students achieve A-level record

    Posted Aug 21st 2004, 12:00am by Liz Heron

    ... with the English Schools Foundation (ESF)- setting a new record for Hong Kong. The foundation's five secondary schools saw the percentage of top grades rise 2.2 percentage points to 42.6 per cent ... a British government working party is due to announce its final recommendations for a school-leaving diploma to replace the A-levels. However, the 520 ESF students who picked up their results ...

  4. School funding policy overhaul urged

    Posted Dec 18th 2004, 12:00am by Katherine Forestier, May Chan

    ... Katherine Forestier and May Chan Audit Commission report on ESF highlights definition of international schools as those that offer non-local curricula The government should review its ... it has wanted to bring the ESF in line with this policy, because it does not differ from other international schools in teaching an overseas curriculum and that there should be a level playing ...

  5. IB options, but no U-turn

    Posted Oct 25th 2008, 12:00am by Liz Heron, Steve Cray

    ... to A-levels. ESF chief executive Heather Du Quesnay was speaking in the wake of parents' criticisms that the IB was not suitable for all pupils and there was a lack of academic options. One parent said she had no choice but to pull her daughter out of the ESF and take her to Britain so she could study A-levels. 'I don't want to split our family up, but she won't be able ...

  6. World exposure for young minds

    Posted Nov 28th 2011, 12:00am

    ... university places. But Chris Durbin, school development adviser- secondary, for the English Schools Foundation (ESF), offers a word of caution to parents and students, who perhaps focus a little too much on what, after all, is just one gauge of academic attainment. 'We probably have [graduates] studying every university course you can think of. But, overall, ESF schools want to help ...

  7. IB doesn't suit everyone, new HKEAA exams director says

    Posted Nov 29th 2008, 12:00am by Liz Heron

    ... of a four-pathway ESF Diploma that also includes a vocationally-oriented Advanced Diploma in which students at different schools are offered a range or mix of vocational A-levels, BTech diplomas and IB ... of commitment to study and self motivation.' Dr Pook said the ESF seemed to be 'moving in the right direction' by developing vocationally-oriented alternative programmes and the IBO ...

  8. Secondary revolution

    Posted Oct 27th 2007, 12:00am by Liz Gooch

    ... This year the school, which will continue to offer A-levels until 2013, has admitted a number of students, including some from the ESF, who transferred because they did not want to sit the IB. ... From the beginning of this academic year, ESF students have had to choose between studying the IB or the ESF diploma, a vocational course that draws on elements of the IB. This has led some ...

  9. Tried and tested

    Posted Nov 14th 2009, 12:00am by John Cremer

    ... Foundation (ESF) system. 'We are lucky that we don't have to do much marketing,' said Singapore-based Siva Kumari, regional director for IB Asia-Pacific, which oversees standards ... system, takes multiple points of assessment and creates interdisciplinary connections.' Chris Durbin, education adviser for secondary schools at ESF, has more experience than most in dealing ...

  10. Narrow patriots or global citizens?

    Posted Aug 11th 2012, 12:00am

    ... which use the International Baccalaureate curriculum accepted by universities worldwide. About 40 per cent of ESF students are ethnically Chinese. With separate programmes for each of three age ... of all these different schools is their emphasis on values and moral concepts that should be applied universally above the interests of one's own nation. ESF's director of education Pam ...




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