Thursday, June 26, 2008

Ian Chambers

"Education is joyful. And we all have the capacity to be lifelong learners. With this attitude, the whole world be a richer and more peaceful place. How can one practise lifelong learning? Simple things can help. Such as, reading the news in a critical manner, looking out the car or bus window and asking oneself questions about what one sees, and always reading and talking/listening to gain different perspectives. Can technology help in being a lifelong learner? You need a certain degree of education to take the help of technology in this regard. For example, the Internet has so much information. If you are not critical and you do not think about the motives behind some of the sites, then you could be easily confused and not necessarily get a true view of an issue."

Ian Chambers, Regional Manager, South Asia, CIE (Cambridge International Examination)

June 26, 1 pm
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Murali said...


Ian Chambers studied Economics and Italian at University of Reading from where he completed Post Graduate Certificate in Secondary Education for Economics and Business Studies. He began teaching in Cheltenham UK, and established Business Studies department in an International School in Thailand. Ian Chambers became Curriculum Leader and Head of Department for Business and Enterprise in a UK school.

Ian Chambers is lookind forward to supporting Principals and teachers in their pursuit of best practice at school. India is witnessing a huge surge in demand for International Education and CIE ensures the best quality assessment standards are maintained.

University of Cambridge International Examinations offer curriculum for Primary, Lower Secondary. IGCSE and A Level.
About CIE: CIE is part of Cambridge Assessment, a not for-profit organisation and a department of the University of Cambridge; training officials, teachers, markers, and examiners in curriculum development and assessment. CIE qualifications provide a route students can follow from the post-kindergarten stage to university entrance.
Cambridge International Primary Programme

A curriculum for children aged 5-11
Excellent preparation for secondary education
Focuses on English, Mathematics and Science
Tests show progression of the child's ability through primary education
Certificate of Achievement for each child at the end of primary education
places emphasis on :
- reading and writing
- independent and group work
- the application of knowledge and skills to solve real-world problems
can be integrated into local curriculum requirements
provides an international curriculum standard and benchmark
provides a dedicated teacher support website, with sample activities and resources
promotes global understanding

The Primary Programme is an excellent framework for learning in the primary years and provides a solid foundation for the child's future.
CIE is the world’s largest provider of international qualifications for 14-19 year olds. It is part of Cambridge Assessment, a not-for-profit organisation and a department of the University of Cambridge. In international education, CIE has long recognised that a ‘one size fits all’ approach is not appropriate. Therefore, Cambridge offers a range of qualifications and programmes for students aged five to 19. These include Cambridge IGCSE, Cambridge O Level, Cambridge International A and AS Level, and the newCambridge International Primary Programme. This is alongside a variety of professional qualifications including the newCambridge International Diploma for Teachers and Trainers. Every year, millions of students are entered for CIE examinations in over 150 different countries. Schools and training centres choose CIE examinations because the Cambridge curriculum is international and does not simplydemand recalled knowledge. More importantly, it develops the acquisition of critical thinking and problem solving skills. CIE qualifications are recognised by universities and employersworldwide and give students both broad knowledge and corelearning skills that will last them a lifetime. Working with governments around the world For nearly 150 years CIE has worked in partnership with Ministries of Education, qualifications authorities, and with examination and assessment boards around the world. In some countries like Singapore Cambridge examinations arethe state qualification for students in secondary school. There tens of thousands of students take Cambridge O levels. In other parts of the world such as Botswana, Namibia and Swaziland, CIE has worked with Governments to reform education systems, and helped to localise examinations bytraining officials, teachers, markers, and examiners in curriculum development and assessment. Supporting teachers Teachers who are well supported are able to offer the best education possible and develop successful students. CIE offers teachers an extensive programme of training events and services, providing professional development and support including online training, face-to-face training, e-learning and training via video conferencing. The Cambridge International Diploma for Teachers and Trainers, a professional development qualification is an increasingly popular means of effectively providing professional development in a national context. Cambridge Pre-U CIE’s international qualifications set the standard for global educational best practice and its qualifications are continuously evolving in response to needs of teachers and Governments around the world. A new qualification called the Cambridge Pre-U is currentlybeing developed. Cambridge Pre-U is a post-16 development which aims to prepare students with the skills and knowledge to make a success of their subsequent studies at university. CIE is working closely with schools and universities in the UK and internationally on the syllabuses. Learn more at

Quick Guide to Cambridge QualificationsCambridge IGCSECambridge IGCSE is the world’s most popular internationalqualification for 14-16 year olds. Internationally recognised and suitable for schools worldwide, Cambridge IGCSE brings outthe best in students and develops successful learners through a skills-based approach to teaching and assessing. Cambridge was the first exam board to develop the International GCSE 20 years ago. Each year there are 350,000 entries for Cambridge IGCSE from across the globe.Cambridge O Level Cambridge O Levels are designed for 14 to 16 year olds and aim to prepare students for academic progression (such as A and AS Level study and university) and equip them with theskills necessary for employment. The Cambridge O Level curriculum places emphasis on broad and balanced study - with subjects drawn from areas covering Languages, Humanities, Social Sciences, Mathematics, Creative, Technical and Vocational. Cambridge O Level attracts 610,000 entries from around the world each year. The curriculum is structured so students attain both practical skills and theoretical knowledge.Cambridge International A and AS Level International A Level is one of the most recognisedqualifications around the world and accepted as proof of academic ability for entry to universities worldwide. There are more than 90,000 entries for Cambridge International A Levels each year. Cambridge International A Levels typically take two years to complete and offer a flexible course of study that gives students the freedom to select the subjects that are right for them. International A Level is the world's most popular international examination for 17-18 year olds. Cambridge International AS Level is typically taken at the mid-point of an A Level programme and is optional. Schools can offer AS Level as aqualification in its own right to increase breadth in the curriculum and allow students to complement other subjectsthey are studying. Cambridge International Primary ProgrammeCambridge International Primary Programme gives schools a framework to develop Mathematics, English and Science skills and knowledge in young children and allows teachers to assess their learning as they progress.Cambridge Checkpoint Cambridge Checkpoint is a test to help teachers work out the strengths and weakness of students preparing for international qualifications like IGCSE and O Level. Cambridge DiplomasCambridge International Diplomas assess the practical application of career-based knowledge across a range of business areas, providing candidates with a globally accepted and valued qualification that demonstrates their ability to both educators and employers. The Cambridge International Diploma for Teachers and Trainers helps teachers develop skills that will enhance theirteaching, making them more resourceful and versatile.The Diploma enables teachers to demonstrate their ability to plan, manage and evaluate systematically, design and teach learning programmes using a range of methods. It also helpsteachers to develop personal skills that improve their professional practice.
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