Making a difference

Making a difference

Group of students

We believe we can make a real and lasting difference to the lives of millions of learners around the world. Just one example is Fairdale High School in Louisville, Kentucky in the USA. In 2011, just one in five students were deemed college-or career-ready at Fairdale. The school decided it needed a new approach to help students engage with learning, and chose to work with Cambridge Assessment International Education. Subsequently, in November 2017 the school announced that it had sent its first student to an Ivy League university, while every one of its students from the classes of 2016 and 2017 graduated college-ready and made a successful move to a post-secondary institution.

A course developed to help refugees and asylum seekers prepare to study at a UK university was nominated for a top sector award. The Aim Higher Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), developed by Cambridge Assessment English, was selected by the Professionals in International Education website under the Championing Diversity category in its inaugural PIEoneer awards.

In September 2017, 13 star students from the UK’s West Midlands region (pictured above) were awarded bursaries worth £3,000 per year to support their studies at the University of Cambridge. The annual prize giving is the result of a fund that arises from OCR’s historical association with the West Midlands Examinations Board. This year’s applicants were such a talented group that OCR gave a higher number of awards than in many previous years. They are now studying a range of subjects from Architecture to Philosophy, with the bursary available for use for living or tuition costs or both for each year of undergraduate study.

IATEFL scholarships 300pxOur English language exam board also awarded three scholarships to attend a major conference. María Dolores Gómez Gómez, an English teacher from Spain, won the Digital Teacher Scholarship; Natália de Castro Guerreiro, an Aviation English Assessment Co-ordinator for the Brazilian Air Force, won the John Trim Scholarship; while Svetlana Bogolepova, Associate Professor at the National Research University, Higher School of Economics in Moscow, won the Dr Peter Hargreaves Scholarship. All three attended the annual International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL) conference that was held in Brighton, UK, in April 2018.

In an increasingly competitive and complex global education environment, Tim Oates has become a trusted adviser in education policy, curriculum, assessment and accountability reform to governments around the world.

Meanwhile, Cambridge International is working with the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation to help create more opportunities for Cambridge schools to offer the award as a curriculum enrichment activity. One Cambridge school which already offers the award – ACG Strathallan in New Zealand – says it “develops core skills such as leadership, teamwork and confidence and supports our aim of providing students with a holistic education”.

Tim Oates In December 2017 our Group Director of Assessment Research and Development was given a major industry award for his contribution to education. Tim Oates CBE (pictured right) received the Outstanding Contribution by an Individual award from EducationInvestor magazine, with the judges saying: “In an increasingly competitive and complex global education environment, Tim has become a trusted adviser in education policy, curriculum, assessment and accountability reform to governments around the world.”

Meanwhile, a digital expert from Cambridge English has been recognised for his work in championing diversity. Andrew Nye, who heads up the Digital and New Product Development team, was awarded the Best Champion of Change 2017 award which is part of the Lead5050 Women in International Education awards. He said: “When we talk about diversity at Cambridge Assessment, we mean it in the widest sense of valuing everyone.”

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