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WCBS staff enjoy day with Chinese Ministry of Education visitors

24/01/2017 11:15:45 | Richard Walling

Ian Hunter, Lorraine Duffin and I had the pleasure of taking Ms Su Wang and her colleague Mr Luo to two of WCBS’ London customers, Newton Preparatory School and Francis Holland School, Regent’s Park, last Friday.

Ms Wang and Mr Luo were visiting London to attend the BETT show but also wanted to see how schools are using WCBS’ 3sysACADEMIC software, especially in relation to the teaching of STEM subjects.

At Newton Preparatory School we were hosted by Darron Grey, the IT Manager, Susannah Frieze, Director of External Affairs, and Chris Skelton, Deputy Head Academic. Chris outlined the teaching of “STEAM” subjects, the A being added for Art, which forms an integral part of all their teaching, and is much in evidence around the school.

Darron then related this to the school’s use of 3sysACADEMIC, with examples being shown of the School Reports module and other parts of the software. This part of the day concluded with a tour of the school’s extensive facilities, where our visitors were able to talk with a group of Year 8 pupils using one of the ICT suites as part of their Geography lesson, and also the school’s science teaching facilities.

We then visited Francis Holland School in Regent’s Park, where we were hosted by Toks Oladuti, IT Manager, Jacqui Zugg, Deputy Head Academic, and Mary Anastasi, Database Manager. Jacqui outlined the curriculum for STEM subjects in this girls’ senior school, which was of great interest to our visitors as there are few single sex schools in China.

Mary and Toks then outlined how 3sysACADEMIC is used to support the curriculum and the school’s plan to extend its use as WCBS releases enhanced functionality during 2017. We were shown the teaching facilities for the STEM subjects before taking our leave of our hosts and accompanying our visitors to their hotel.

It was really good to hear customers speaking so enthusiastically about 3sysACADEMIC and how they want to make more use of it in their schools, and also to hear about the software being used in the wider context of the school's curriculum. This is an aspect we don't tend to hear so much about in our day to day work, when we are usually focused on the actual functioning of the software.

All agreed that the visits had been most informative and enjoyable, and we are most grateful to the staff of the two schools for giving up their time and for their hospitality.

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