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FAQ

 

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What is COBIS?

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Council of British International Schools (COBIS) is a Membership Association of British Schools of quality and is a member of the Independent Schools Council (ISC) of the United Kingdom. By virtue of this and its agreement with the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI), it is able to accredit British Schools abroad, anywhere in the world. BSU is a fully accredited member school of COBIS.

   

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What is PENTA International

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BSU is committed to improvement and is subject to inspection by PENTA International, a UK accredited inspection body. The BSU undergoes this inspection as part of its role as a member of COBIS. The first inspection was carried out in 2014 and BSU became one of the youngest schools to be accredited by PENTA International. We are working towards our second inspection which is due to take place in 2017.

   

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What is BSO?

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The British Schools Overseas inspection is a voluntary scheme. Schools who participate in it and undergo its rigorous inspection will be recognised by the Department of Education and Skills (DfES), the Government body in the UK that sets standards for quality of provision. BSU has undergone the inspection and has been awarded a DfES number which demonstrates the school is able to be measured against standards set in the UK. The accreditation process takes place every three years and BSO schools must achieve and maintain UK aligned standards and quality of provision of education.

   

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What are Cambridge International Examinations (CIE)

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The school offers examinations that are set and marked to UK standards. These examinations are taken by students in Years 11, 12 and 13. CIE is recognised by the UK regulatory body Office of Qualifications  and Examinations Regulation (OfQual). OfQual ensure that assessments and qualifications are monitored and meet appropriate standards both in the UK and internationally.
   

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Which curriculum does BSU offer?

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BSU offers the National Curriculum of England and Wales. More than 30,000 schools worldwide offer this curriculum. The BSU prepares students for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) examinations in Year 11 and the General Certificate of Education (Advanced level study - AS/A2) in Year 13.

   

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What is IGCSE?

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IGCSE stands for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education. This is an external qualification that is usually taken at the end of Year 11 for students at the age of 16. It is the direct stepping stone to studying A levels.

   

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What are A levels?

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General Certificates in Education (GCE) is the correct name for advanced studies but we commonly refer to it as ‘A’ levels. ‘A’ level is a 2 year advanced study programme which is the stepping stone to university entry. The first year of study is called Advanced Subsidiary (AS) and the second year is known as A2.

   

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Where can I find more information on IGCSE and A level?

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Kindly login into www.cie.org.uk

   

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Are your teachers experienced in teaching IGCSE and A level subjects?

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Yes, BSU teachers are experienced in teaching IGCSE and A levels and this will be reflected in their teaching qualification.

   

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Where can BSU students go after completing their A level examinations?
Can my child enrol in International and UK universities?

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A levels are recognised around the world as a mark of academic excellence. After completing the A level examinations, BSU students can apply to universities in English speaking countries, English speaking universities around the world, or must be able to speak and write in the language of the country they have applied to if the common language is not English.

   

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Are BSU teachers qualified to teach?

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Yes, our teachers are qualified to teach. All teachers are expected to possess a degree and a teaching qualification. We recruit our teachers through Times Educational Supplement which is an online UK based international service. Many of our teachers have international experience in countries around the world such as China, Republic of Korea, Qatar, UAE, Ukraine, USA, Australia, Thailand, Ireland, South America and the UK.

   

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Does the school provide Special Education Support?

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No, BSU does not accommodate students who are in need of specialised support.

   

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How many students are there in each class?

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In Early Years Foundation and Y1 classes we have maximum of 20 children in each class. In all other classes we aim to have a class maximum of 24.

   

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How many periods are there in a school day?

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There are 7 periods in a school day. Each period is 45 minutes long.

   

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How many breaks are there in a school day?

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There are two breaks in a school day – a morning break and a lunch break. The morning and lunch breaks are 10.10 am to 10.30 am and 12 noon to 12.50 pm for both primary and secondary students respectively.

   

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When are the BSU assemblies?

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Assemblies are usually conducted on Friday for all Key Stages. Most assemblies are held as a Key Stage and occasionally, all children will be brought together as a whole school. Presentations, news, announcements and rewards form the basis of our assemblies. For some class assembly we invite parents to join us and when this happens you will receive an invitation from your child or via an email.

   

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What calendar year does BSU follow?

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BSU follows the British calendar year from September to June with 3 Terms. Please refer to current BSU calendar dates on the website.

   

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Does BSU use technology as a tool to enhance learning in the classrooms?

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The majority of  BSU classrooms are equipped with Interactive Whiteboards and projectors. Our teachers are frequently given training on the use of smart board and its latest features.

 

   

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My child is not proficient in English. How can BSU assist?

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BSU offers English as Additional Language Programme (EAL) to assist students who are not proficient in English. Furthermore, BSU has a strict ‘speak in English only’ policy which encourages students to communicate amongst their friends in English regardless whether they are inside or outside the classrooms.

   

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When do we have Extra Curricular Activities (ECAs)?

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ECAs are on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays except the first and last week of each academic term.

   

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What is the student passport?

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Student Passports are the key organisational tools for students and parents to keep track of homework and assessments in school. They are also used for the first line of communication between home and school.

   

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Do you have qualified Teaching Assistants?

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BSU has qualified TAs in all Key Stage 1 and lower Key Stage 2.

   

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Does BSU have bus service?                                   

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BSU provides reliable bus service that provides students with transportation between home and school. Buses arrive at 8:15 a.m. every day.

Buses leave at 3.15 pm on Mondays and Fridays and at 4.15 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays when ECAs run.

   

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Do students wear school uniform?           

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Students should be dressed in full uniform each day. The school uniform can be purchased at the school.  A detailed outline of the required uniform is found on the school webpage. It is an expectation that both parents and students adhere strictly to the required dress code and ensure that students are neatly and appropriately presented at all times.

   

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Does BSU have canteen?                                           

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BSU has both a primary and secondary canteen that serves healthy and nutritious meals to our students.   All students have the option of being served snack and lunch daily. Monthly snack and lunch menu is available on the school website.        

   
Q Can we use a cell phone at school?
A Mobile phones should not be brought to school. We ask that parents do not allow their children to bring mobile phones to school.  On the rare occasion, we understand the need for a child to bring a phone.  Primary students should hand their phones to the Primary Coordinator at 8.30 am for safe keeping and for Secondary students, their phones should be placed in their lockers before registration time or handed to their form tutor. The school accepts no responsibility for mobile phones.
   
Q What is PSHE for?
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PSHE  - Personal, Social, Health Education is a subject offered at BSU to the students throughout  all Key Stages. It promotes the developmental well being of every child.

   
Q What is PTA for?
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PTA  - One of the School’s most valuable resources. The Parent Teacher Association is a network of parents, teachers, administrators and sponsors whose children attend the British school of Ulaanbaatar.

The overall purpose of the PTA is to encourage parental involvement within the school and sustain positive continuous relations for promoting the school and its activities and events.

   
Q What is SMT for?  
A SMT – Senior Management Team that consists of Principal, the Head of Academics, the Head of Administration and Human Resources and the Coordinators who are in charge of school operations on daily basis.  
   
Q What is differentiation? Do we do this at BSU?
A Differentiation is the means by which teachers ensure that the differing needs of all students are met. At BSU this means that teachers will plan work at 3 levels of difficulty to ensuring that the most able are challenged and those requiring a little more support are catered for.
   
Q What is Assessment for Learning AfL?
A This is how teachers monitor student progress on a daily basis and then use the information to inform their planning so that students continue to make progress at an appropriate pace.

 

Commonly used acronymns at BSU:

  • AfL – Assessment For Learning    
  • EAL – English as an Additional Language
  • EBI – Even better if
  • ECA – Extra Curricular Activity
  • IGCSE – International General Certificate of Secondary Education
  • LSU – Learning support unit
  • NC – National Curriculum
  • PSHE – Personal, Social, Health Education
  • PTA – Parent Teacher Association
  • SMT – Senior Management Team                                                    
  • SIP – School Improvement Plan
  • TA – Teachers’ Assistants
  • T & L – Teaching and Learning
  • WWW – What went well