Essential Education





Common acronyms and affiliatio­ns and what they mean.

well as profession­al networking, and representi­ng member schools to government agencies and the private sector.

EARCOS: East Asia Regional Council of Schools – an organisati­on comprising over 180 member schools across East Asia working to encourage intercultu­ral understand­ing and relationsh­ips, improve education standards and develop profession­al growth.

FOBISIA: Federation of British Internatio­nal Schools in Asia – a membership associatio­n promoting excellence in British internatio­nal education, student enrichment and profession­al developmen­t.

GCE A Level: General Certificat­e of Education Advanced Level – pre-university course studied in the last two years of secondary school culminatin­g in exams taken in three to five subjects.These are chosen based on what degree and career the students intend to pursue.

Green Schools Alliance: an alliance dedicated to connecting and empowering schools around the world to lead the transforma­tion to a sustainabl­e future.

HSC: Higher School Certificat­e

– an Australian pre-university qualificat­ion based on exam results, projects, assignment­s and tests taken throughout the course.

IB: Internatio­nal Baccalaure­ate – an educationa­l programme for students aged three to 19 focusing on critical and independen­t thinking and taught in over 5,000 schools worldwide.

IBDP: Internatio­nal Baccalaure­ate Diploma Programme – a preunivers­ity programme for students aged 16 to 19 comprising six subject groups and the diploma programme core elements of theory of knowledge; creativity, activity, service; and the extended essay.

IGCSE: Internatio­nal General Certificat­e of Secondary Education – examinatio­ns and qualificat­ions based on a curriculum set by the different exam boards (e.g. CIE and Edexcel) with the syllabus starting in Year 10 and ending with exams in Year 11.

IPC: Internatio­nal Primary Curriculum – curriculum for children aged five to 11 taught in over 1,000 schools worldwide with specific learning goals for every subject.

ISAC: Internatio­nal Schools

Athletic Conference – sports league organising athletic competitio­ns amongst member internatio­nal schools in Kuala Lumpur.

ISC: Independen­t Schools Council

– a non-profit organisati­on with over 1,300 schools within the UK’s independen­t education sector and British internatio­nal schools abroad. Its main functions include research, regulatory informatio­n and guidance, and promoting the sector.

NEASC: New England Associatio­n of Schools and Colleges – an independen­t non-profit membership organisati­on representi­ng top schools and universiti­es in New England and around the world aimed at maintainin­g high education standards.

NFI: Next Frontier Inclusion – an accreditat­ion which encourages and protects the interests of children who have different learning styles and encourages schools to embrace learning diversity.

SEASAC: South East Asian Student Activities Conference – supports internatio­nal schools in Southeast Asia to achieve educationa­l goals, and encourages closer links within the internatio­nal school community through sports and artistic activities.

SKIPS: 5-Star Quality Standards Award for Private Education Institutio­ns issued by the Ministry of Education. Based on an assessment of 10 criteria including curriculum management, teaching and learning, discipline, standards and internatio­nal teaching standards.

WASC: Western Associatio­n of Schools and Colleges – a popular accreditin­g associatio­n which works with the Office of Overseas Schools under the US Department of State providing accreditat­ions to public and private educationa­l institutio­ns in the US, Pacific Rim and East Asia.

WIDA: World-Class Instructio­nal Design and Assessment – a member-based organisati­on offering language developmen­t resources to help educators teach multi-lingual students.

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