Deepening Student Engagement at the British International School Shanghai

BISS Pudong

British International Schools, China

Our work with the British International Schools in China is typical of the way we work work clusters of schools to co-design conference content and facilitate workshops  with delegates. In this case, we combined work for the Nord Anglia group of schools in China with immersive work with leaders and teachers at the host school in Pudong, Shanghai.

After a planning meeting and scoping exercise, we were asked to design an intensive week examining how to enhance learner engagement through the arts. We spent three days working with the host school (BIS, Pudong, Shanghai) training staff in engaging pedagogies, and walking the walk by leading student workshops in music and visual arts. We also worked with the senior leadership who had identified student engagement as an issue in a student body which is diverse and often itinerant.Russell At BISS Pudong

For the last two days we facilitated workshops involving senior leaders from all the other British International schools in China. On day one we ran workshops in cultivating a culture of innovation in schools, while day two featured a keynote presentation followed by workshops designed by ourselves and facilitated by staff from the Pudong and Puxi campuses in Shanghai. The focus of the delegate activity was around innovating in order to enhance student engagement.

Following the intensive week, we submitted a report and recommendations to BIS Pudong and Nord Anglia (who manage the network of British International Schools).

This approach, combining training and facilitation with conference design, often shapes our international work since it gives our clients an immersive experience, whilst simultaneously providing value for money.

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