The Cambridge Programme emphasizes developing in-depth subject
knowledge but also critical thinking, research skills and ‘international
mindedness’; that is the understanding of global issues from multiple
perspectives. It is recognized as an outstanding system for developing
academic excellence among students in the 11-16 age range allowing
students to acquire the skills and knowledge base to cope with higher level
pre-university courses from age 16 to 18.
Style of Teaching and Learning with the Cambridge Programme
Central to the Cambridge philosophy is student-centred learning.
Teachers need to be prepared to vary their teaching methods to facilitate active learning where students are encouraged to research, present and discuss their ideas, and to form their own conclusions.
Teachers use assessment evaluation to constantly improve the quality of teaching and learning. Students are fully informed about assessment techniques and are encouraged to set their own targets in each subject area.
Differentiated learning is a priority in student-centred education as teachers take account of students’ diverse learning styles and needs.
Relations between teachers and students are positive based on mutual respect.
How demanding is the Cambridge Programme?
A good level of English is required as this is the language of instruction for 5 out of the 10 subjects studied in Grade 6.
Students should be willing to make homework a part of their daily routine.
There is a need for students to take responsibility for their learning and to be ready to reflect on how they best learn.
Students have to be patient and determined. Success is not always instant and failures may have to be overcome in the learning process before skills are really mastered.
Students on the Cambridge Programme need to enjoy the process of learning and to like problem solving.