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Friday, 19 October 2012


Update for schools | October 2012
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October 2012 | Issue 23
Our November exam series is now well underway. It’s a crucial time for Cambridge learners in some regions and we wish them well. The high number of UK schools entering Cambridge IGCSE this series is unprecedented and follows UK government announcements about education reform – read more below.

Videos and podcasts from our Cambridge Teachers Conference (pictured) are now available. Thanks to all the teachers who made the event such a success.

UK students

Cambridge Teachers Conference – resources now availableThe conference theme? New ways of looking at leadership in schools. The participants? 178 teachers from 40 countries around the world. The resources? Now available free online.

Find out more about last month’s Cambridge Teachers Conference by watching our short video news report, listening to podcasts of the keynote speeches, and browsing our photo gallery. Comments on Facebook describe it as ‘a wonderful event’. Learn more.

UK government tells schools to 'consider IGCSE'

The UK government has announced plans to reform the education system in England for 14 to 16 year olds, and has encouraged all schools to consider IGCSE as preparation for the changes. We are delighted that Cambridge IGCSE has been highlighted as a model qualification, and are committed to its future development. Learn more.

New to teaching linear qualifications? Download our guide

Making the Move to Linear Qualifications guideLinearity is a key feature of Cambridge qualifications. Put simply, the course content is taught as a whole and learners sit all the exams at the end. More and more teachers – particularly in the UK – are moving from teaching modular courses (such as UK GCSE) to linear courses (such as Cambridge IGCSE and Cambridge Pre-U).

If you are teaching a linear qualification for the first time, our free guide gives you tips on planning and teaching the course. Download the guide.

New endorsed textbooks for Cambridge programmes

Every six months we bring you a round-up of new endorsed textbooks for Cambridge programmes and qualifications. All our endorsed materials undergo an independent quality assurance process, so you can be sure they reflect the course content. See what’s new.

Nepal Studies – our latest regional studies qualification

Cambridge International AS Level Nepal StudiesWe are developing a new Cambridge International AS Level for secondary school students in Nepal: Nepal Studies. It will be introduced for first teaching in 2015. Learn more.

Our range of regional studies qualifications also includes Cambridge IGCSE India Studies, Pakistan Studies (available at Cambridge IGCSE and Cambridge O Level) and Bangladesh Studies (available at Cambridge IGCSE and Cambridge O Level).

Cambridge Horizons – new seminar series starts in November
Cambridge Horizons is a new series of events for policy-makers, educators and curriculum developers in Asia Pacific. It is one of a range of new initiatives from Cambridge for educators and schools in the region (read more in our next issue).

The topic for the first Cambridge Horizons is 'Bilingual education: cognitive benefits and policy into practice'. It will be held in Singapore on Tuesday 27 November. To find out more – and register your interest in attending – go to our Events page.

Cambridge Outlook
– new issue of our magazine out now
Cambridge Outlook issue 13The latest issue of Cambridge Outlook picks up the theme of the Cambridge Teachers Conference 2012: leadership. Dr David Frost from the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education and Geoff Southworth, Visiting Professor at the Institute of Education in London, explore different aspects of leadership in schools. Plus there are updates on new developments and qualifications.

The magazine will arrive at Cambridge schools soon. Read it online.

Professional development training in November 2012
Next month we’re holding face-to-face training in New Zealand for Cambridge Primary and Cambridge Primary Checkpoint, and Cambridge International AS and A Level subjects. In the UK, we’re holding workshops for Cambridge IGCSE and Cambridge Pre-U subjects. For details, go to our training calendar.

Great response to our examiner campaign thank you

In our last issue we told you about our need to recruit more examiners. Your response was fantastic and we are now looking at the applications. If you are a Cambridge teacher and are interested in examining on a freelance basis, please go to our examiner recruitment pages and find out about the opportunities available.
Most popular stories Thousands of Cambridge principals and teachers read Cambridge Outlook eNews. The most popular stories in the last issue were:
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Become a Cambridge examiner - find out to how to apply for a role
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Cambridge IGCSE results statistics from June 2012 series 
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Cambridge International AS and A Level results statistics

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