BISU: A Strict Quality Standards Commitment

14 Nov 2018

BISU: A Strict Quality Standards Commitment

14 Nov 2018

Sarah Thomas, BISU Pedagogical Research and Development Leader for Achievement and Attainment in IGCSE, about a British approach and high quality international education standards.  

It is a common knowledge that the British system of education is considered one of the best in the world – this is demonstrated by world rankings and explains why graduates of British educational institutions are so in demand in the global labour market where they show excellent career growth.  

The British educational model incorporates international and intercultural perspectives into programmes so that students can move forward with the attitudes and understanding that will provide them with a solid base wherever their studies or work may take them. Global citizenship is at the centre of challenging international programmes designed to provide a quality international education experience to students and parents throughout the world.

Sarah Thomas, who is in charge of several key directions in British International School in Ukraine, was a part of CIS evaluation and accreditation team visit, this time to an international school in Kazakhstan.  The team of experts was made up of nine members who are all highly qualified and experienced school leaders from international contexts around the world.

The Council of International Schools (CIS, is a global non-profit membership organization that provides accreditation services to primary and secondary schools, and higher education institutions.   Accredited organizations must adhere to a desire to provide students with the knowledge, skills and abilities to pursue their lives as global citizens; and a commitment to high quality international education.

Sarah Thomas, Whole School EAL Coordinator, Whole School Pedagogical Research and Development Leader for Achievement and Attainment in IGCSE, Key Stage 4 Leader:  “The visit involved reviewing the school’s self-evaluation report then meeting staff, students, parents and key stakeholders, as well as observing learning and teaching, to understand if they are doing what they say they are doing to answer the following questions:

  • How does the school demonstrate its commitment to high quality international education to parents, students and staff members?
  • How does the school ensure its continuous improvement and alignment with leading international education standards?”

Given that education is a huge investment in every country it is not surprising that value for money  truly matters. The practice of regular check points helps schools to develop in the right direction and share principles of good practice with others.


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