Schools around the world are facing challenges with the rising expectations for schools and schooling in a century characterised by technological innovation, migration and globalisation. They are also aiming to provide an environment that cultivates the holistic development of students – often from varying backgrounds and nationalities - including their personal and social development and preparation for citizenship and service, as well as the taught academic curriculum. As schools prepare to meet these challenges the roles of their leaders have changed radically. Effective school leadership is increasingly viewed as key to education which stimulates development of all aspects of students’ knowledge, skills, values and attitudes. At our launch event on 9 November 2012 of Cambridge Assessment Singapore, school leaders from Singapore, New Zealand and the United Kingdom spoke about how their schools were meeting these challenges.
Cambridge Assessment Singapore looks forward to playing a full part in the educational policy community in the Asia Pacific region. In anticipation of this role, a leading educational researcher was invited to give a brief overview at the launch event of the educational policy agenda across the region.
Cambridge Assessment Singapore is a charitable educational organisation and a division of Cambridge Assessment. It aims to support programmes in key countries in the region through a wide range of education events and activities in Asia Pacific.
Our speakers on 'international perspectives on school leadership' included:
- Brent Lewis, Principal, Avondale College, Auckland, New Zealand
- Tan Chee Siong, Principal and Lim Siang Jiun, Vice Principal of Temasek Secondary School, Singapore
- Stephen Spurr, Principal, Westminster School, London, UK.
Dr Jonathan Goh, Associate Dean, Education Research, National Institute of Education gave a special address on the educational policy agenda in Asia Pacific.