The British system is internationally recognized and designed to encourage high academic standards through a practical approach of teaching and learning. It is accepted as a university entrance qualification by all universities in Egypt, either public or private, as well as most universities abroad.
Parents and guardians aren’t always sure about which system of education is right for their child. Even when they agree about a system; families are, often-time, wary about which school will provide a better quality of education for their child.
When dealing with the British system of education, we offer the following information:
- Summative assessments are tailored in the UK and graded in the UK.
- Formative assessments do not have any bearing on the end of year results of our children. They are simply in place as performance indicators so that we can adequately guide their instruction.
But, this is the case in all British schools. So, how do you know where to enroll your child? It’s simple, really. Ask the schools to talk to you about their data disaggregation and the results of their students’ test scores.
At NIS-British, students not only score an A* in multiple subject areas, but over 50% of our currently enrolled students and alumni, continually score(d) an A* in all their subject areas.
NIS-British is a leading contender of quality British education in the Greater Cairo area. It’s been our pleasure to form partnerships with our students and their families. The spirit of success and celebration has been a gift that we have continually received in the contending scores of our highly skilled students.
In 2013, one of our students at NIS-British was formally recognized by the British Council for his outstanding academic achievement in the field of Biology, having earned the highest score among all his peers, nationwide!
Textbooks serve as the vessels that carry targeted knowledge to students. The dream of the future, through the eyes of adolescents, has been explored by a number of different researchers. While there are many variances in their methodologies, locations and samples, they uncover a considerable number of recurring themes. A close examination of these research studies indicate that, for the most part, children’s views are structured around elements of social and personal identity, material development, career, and educational advancement. These themes are taken into consideration by the academic deans, here at NIS-British, when it comes to the selection of student resources.
Textbooks are both the medium and the message. As such, we at NIS-British, have opted to work with Collins textbooks, and those issued by the Cambridge University Press. In today’s market, these are the two leading textbook providers for students enrolled in the IGCSE program.
YEAR 7 & 8 (CHECKPOINT)
The Checkpoint Curriculum is taught over two years, year seven and year eight, it includes three core subjects English, Mathematics & Science. The books students are using in the Checkpoint are all recommended by Cambridge University. Students are also required to study the Ministry of Education curriculum, and pass their exams for Arabic Language, Religion & Social Studies. Students are required to attend their classes on regular basis during the academic year.
For end of year assessments, at the end of year seven, students have to pass the School Internal Assessments in all the subjects they are studying. At the end of year 8, checkpoint assessments are provided by University of Cambridge International Examinations for the three core subjects.
Students receive a statement of achievement from the school after year seven and from Cambridge University after they take the tests in year eight. At end of year eight, Cambridge also issues a report that gives information about the questions that provided evidence of the student’s strengths & weakness. What questions the student got right and what they answered wrong.
Year 9 (Pre-IGCSE)
Exams are offered by Cambridge, and cover five subjects at the Core level, English as a Second Language, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry & Physics. Students are also required to study the Ministry of Education curriculum for Arabic Language, Religion & Social Studies & pass the Ministry exams.
Students are required to attend their classes on regular basis during the academic year. The passing grade is grade C which is equivalent to 100% to grade G which is the lowest & this is equivalent to 50% in the Egyptian National system. Students should pass the five IGCSE subjects in order to be promoted to Grade 10.
YEAR 10, 11 & 12 (IGCSE)
In year 10, all students have to study four IGCSE main subjects: English Second Language, Math, Chemistry, Biology or Physics. Students may choose a fifth subject if they want as this is optional. In addition to this, students have to pass the Arabic Language, Religion & Social Studies of the Egyptian Curriculum.
In year 11 & 12, students choose their subjects as per the requirement of the faculty they will join later. Students in these two years have also to pass the Arabic Language and Religion of the Egyptian Curriculum.
Academic advice is always offered for all our students at all stages.