Future Development of ISEB Common Entrance
By Durell Barnes (Chair of ISEB)
02 Oct

ISEB at IAPS Conference
At the recent IAPS conference, ISEB shared its vision and aims for how CE will continue to develop in the future. Heads of prep schools were positive in their responses.
These aims include preparing pupils not only for the next stage of their education but for life-long learning based on secure foundation of subject knowledge, concepts and skills and the ability to apply what they know to new situations. CE specifications will encourage pupils to be enthusiastic learners who are open to new ideas and experiences, curious, questioning and keen to experiment. Pupils studying for CE will be able to communicate clearly orally and in writing, have the confidence to weigh up evidence, think for themselves and make up their own minds. They will have opportunities to learn from working independently and collaboratively, understand how subjects connect with each other, and demonstrate cultural and environmental awareness and empathy, developing an understanding of their own place in the world.
There was also enthusiasm about the development of an extended project qualification (or ISEB Project Qualification) which will, for schools who wish it, run alongside these subject specifications and assessments, affording the opportunity for fostering research skills. As such, CE will continue to enable prep schools to recognise and acknowledge what has been achieved in Years 7 and 8, provide an entry mechanism for senior schools, and indicate to senior schools what they can expect from the pupils who transfer to them in terms of knowledge, skills and understanding.
Durell Barnes
Chair of ISEB

Tags: Common Entrance, ISEB

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