EXECUTIVE ADVISER'S MESSAGE
In the early days, International Schools in Thailand were established as places to prepare the children of diplomats or officials of embassies for further education. Between 1992 and 1997, International Schools became more popular. Many more parents sent their children to International Schools. In January 2015, there were 147 International Schools in Thailand. Parents’ attitudes towards International Schools have changed. They are no longer seen as alternative schools, but are becoming the schools of choice for parents to educate their children.
There are three styles of curricula offered in International Schools:
1. Curricula based on education systems from abroad;
2. Harmonised curriculum which is a fusion of Thai and foreign curricula;
3. School based curriculum.
According to the 2014 test results provided by ISA (International Schools Assessment), students of International Schools, or those who graduated from the International Schools in Thailand showed higher scores in Mathematical Literacy and better skills in English Reading and Writing compared to students of International Schools from other countries. The ISA tests were given to students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 10 in 200 International Schools in 60 countries. The results of the tests showed that Thai students outstandingly achieved higher scores than the students of International Schools in Korea, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland, Finland and the United States (Source: ISAT) In addition, tuition fees at International Schools in Thailand are lower.
A well rounded education focuses not only on academic success, but also on social and emotional skills, in order for young children to become competent global citizens.
I would like to give some advice to parents of our future generation: it is not necessary to overload children by having them attend too many classes after school in order for them to reach their potential. Furthermore, overcrowding the curriculum by trying to cover too much content in the classroom, without allowing the opportunity for children to learn how to think for themselves, to be able to solve problems, to work in a team and be public minded, is contrary to sound educational practice.
Bloomsbury International School Hatyai offers the English National Curriculum in accordance with the Private School Act of 2007 (B.E.2550). We are dedicated to ensuring our students become global citizens who are able to apply knowledge in practical situations; who are able to think and solve problems; who can cooperate with other people; who are public minded and who will be ready for the challenges of the new millennium. I sincerely wish Bloomsbury International School every success in all they do.
Mr. Thaworn Senneam
Former Deputy Minister of Interior
Former Member of Parliament
Executive Adviser of Bloomsbury International School Hatyai