Singapore school system
21 Jan 2009
I have just returned from visiting schools in Singapore, one of the world's highest-performing school systems. Despite what many think, the high academic standards do not seem to be at the expense of broader aspects of education, although class sizes are relatively high compared to the UK. One of the keys to their success is the high national priority placeed on education, which ranks only behind defence in importance. Entry to teacher training is highly competitive and teachers have a high social status. More on this later.