The British Revolution: Education for Global Relevance

It’s been said time and again, no other thing is more constant than change itself. The world has transformed greatly in the last 50 years. The changes we’ve seen around the globe in the last decade alone has been nothing short of dramatic.

Society changes fast. Jobs in new areas are growing while older industries offer fewer opportunities. Some facts now have been questioned, debunked, and replaced by new facts. The internet and other technologies have revolutionized how we live and work.

With the never ending evolution, nations clamor to keep up in the hopes of continuous progress. The challenge is on. The race – to stay relevant.

Education is key.

Since 1988, England has had its National Curriculum in place. It sets out as a guide for state schools by establishing the broad areas and common subjects that children must learn. However, in the light of the world’s transformation, England stands up to the challenge of change.

The English Government created a team of education experts, seek the advice of experts and specialists and listen to professional teachers, to design a new national curriculum, one with raised standards that will help all its learners meet the challenges of life in the 21st century. A tall order and a daunting task it was, but certainly very rewarding for its nation’s people.

In 2008, England rolled out a new national curriculum for secondary education. The changes have been centered on a new set of aims which should enable young people to become:

  • Successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve.
  • Confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives.
  • Responsible citizens who make a possible contribution to society.

This year, 2011, England implements the new national curriculum for primary education. It ensures that children develop essential life skills, with a real emphasis on reading, writing, maths and learning to respect each other and be healthy.

The national curriculum is organized in blocks of years called “key stages.” A key stage is a stage of the British state education system that sets the educational knowledge expected of students at various ages. The progress of students through school is measured in key stages and each key stage covers a number of school years.


Over the last 25 years, CIE has tirelessly sought ways to raise the quality standards of Philippine education. As the trendsetting institution in the field education, CIE innovates its curriculum design, pursued strategic international linkages, and introduced relevant programmes to transform ordinary individuals to become extraordinary catalysts of social progress.

Even as it is recognised by the University of Cambridge International Examinations and Cambridge ESOL, CIE will not rest its laurels. CIE continues to develop and seek improvement, raising the bar higher, in order to bring the standards of Philippine education to that of international standard quality. More specifically, to the new British education standard.

Taking the cue from England, CIE moves to upgrade itself yet again, by fully assimilating the new British national curriculum to its own. As such, The School for Leaders evolves to become the CIE British School, making available quality British school system to learners in the Philippines. In adopting England’s education system, CIE British School creates its own framework ensuring the balance and consistency of teaching and learning.


CIE British School updates its curriculum to meet future needs. It attunes itself to global developments and the needs of the times to better equip and enable students to become relevant and responsive individuals. The goal – to produce students that are well-formed, not just well informed.

In the words of the Founder of CIE British School, Teacher Nelia, “Intelligence is knowing what to do when nobody else knows what to do.”

So, are you ready for the education revolution?

Reference: Lea Solon & Christine Bacareza

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