Famed social scientist John Hattie has found repeatedly in his meta-analyses of education research that the most significant influencing factor within schools is teacher quality. Without the right people in place, no amount of technology, curriculum development, training, or community support will make much of an impact.

We’re fortunate at BIS to have some of the finest teachers anywhere. Not only do we have over 20 Master’s degrees and 2 PhDs on campus (and that’s not including our Admin team!), but our faculty members have taught in many of the finest international schools around the world. When prospective parents visit the school, I always advise that if they want to know the quality of BIS education, get to know our teachers. It’s sad to say, but many of the newer breeds of “international’ schools in Indonesia are for-profit companies offering low fees that are only made possible by employing cheaper, often semi-qualified or unqualified expatriate teachers. You’ll not see their faculty qualifications on their websites for an obvious reason. Ours are – have a look.

In an IB school, in particular, it’s particularly essential to have highly-qualified teachers. In order to create engaging and challenging classroom activities that truly empower students to take charge of their own learning and explore their passions, teachers must have the academic background, experience, and mindset needed to put their students at the center of the learning experience. Finding these teachers is rare, in large part because the way that we teach and learn at BIS is so counterintuitive to what most of us experienced in our own education. One of the strongest signs to parents that their child has an uninspiring teacher is when they notice them marching page by page through a workbook, or filling in worksheet after worksheet. Making learning personal and meaningful for each child helps to mould lifelong learners but is also a lot of work – which is why only the very best teachers can do this well.

To those new or veteran parents who couldn’t make it to our orientation or curriculum events, please do stop by and get to know our people, and feel free to reach out to your children’s teachers at any time to schedule an appointment. Or come and get to know us in a more casual setting at our upcoming BBQ on September 8th. If you haven’t yet gotten to know all our people, we think you’ll be impressed by what you find.

Mr Toomer

August 2018