Our chairman, Dr Ralph Townsend, spoke to the World Leading Schools Association in Beijing. Find out what he had to say...

Our chairman, Dr Ralph Townsend, gave the keynote address at the World Leading Schools Association seminar in Beijing on 8 April, and talked about the purpose of education and how a curriculum fit for today's world should look. We need a generous vision of the needs of students, Dr Townsend argued, and in a complex world the curriculum must develop a host of capabilities, including mental agility, objective thinking, emotional intelligence, psychological health and social awareness. 

His talk outlined an ambitious programme, stretching to knowledge of diverse local and national cultures, historical frameworks and political systems - all essential if we're to give students the means to understand the world we're launching them into. This places huge demands on our teachers, and Dr Townsend argued that we need to give them the time and space to develop their own knowledge and skills to enable them to implement a broad and visionary curriculum.

'A curriculum fit for purpose will inspire a delight in learning and shape global citizens,' Dr Townsend said. Winter's has a host of resources investigating the many different curricula found at our member schools, all of them striving to give students a rich and varied education. You can carry out your own investigation here...


Photo Credit - British International School, Phuket