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What is Reggio Emilia?

What is a project?

If everything is project based, how will children learn essentials such as maths?

What is portfolio assessment?

If there are no standardised exams, how can children move on to other schools?

Why has Beaconhouse chosen project-based learning?

Why didn’t you start by reforming existing Beaconhouse schools first?

What will be the final qualification of TNS students?

What textbooks will be used?

Will children get homework?

Is TNS another elitist school?

Is TNS another school that marginalises Urdu?

Is discipline important in the school?

How do I enroll my child at TNS?

 

What is Reggio Emilia?
Reggio Emilia is an Early Years education philosophy practised by some schools in Italy. Reggio encourages project-based learning, the use of the arts to express understanding, rooting knowledge in real world contexts, and encouraging intrinsic motivation for children.  Above all, it encourages educators to view children as competent and capable individuals.

What is a project?
A project is an extended inquiry into a real world topic that is of interest to students and judged by teachers to be appropriate. Because of its real world appeal and engaging method of enquiry, students are motivated to investigate, record and report their findings. Projects allow greater independence of inquiry and ‘ownership’ of the work on the part of students. When contrasted with more formal instruction, it allows students a greater degree of choice and capitalises on internal motivation.

If everything is project based, how will children learn essentials such as maths?
What makes TNS different is the process of learning, not the knowledge learned!  It is only the way in which subjects are delivered that is different, not the content that is taught. Thus, project-based learning naturally requires students to learn and understand key components of all domains such as maths and science in order to successfully complete the project.  However, these are not learnt in a ‘textbook’ manner that is out of context.  Instead, learning is deeply embedded within the various activities of a project. 

What is portfolio assessment?
Portfolios record the work that children have done throughout the year. They may contain pictures, essays, thoughts, observations, multimedia presentations, videos and so on. In short, portfolios reflect the whole of the student more fully than exams.

If there are no standardised exams, how can children move on to other schools?
Although portfolio assessment remains the preferred method of internal assessment at TNS, especially at the Early Years and Primary levels, students will ultimately have to appear for a public examination in order to move on to the next stage of their academic life.

TNS is a certified centre for the renowned Cambridge IGCSE which is the international equivalent of the CIE O Levels.  All our students will appear for this exam as an entry point into the IB Diploma which is our ultimate goal for all our students. The IB Diploma rolled out after 16 years of schooling is equivalent to the CIE A Levels and is granted the requisite equivalence to local qualifications through the IBCC (Inter-Committee Board of Chairmen) in Pakistan.

Why has Beaconhouse chosen project-based learning?
Definite patterns are emerging in how the world is changing. It is clear that in a communication age of mass globalisation it is essential for all children to be able to think creatively, express themselves clearly, respond critically, and be able to adapt to a world in which the rate of change has never been higher. Many schools pay superficial attention to these changes but few, if any, go far enough. Beaconhouse, being the largest private school system in the world, recognises that education needs to change, and believes TNS is a first step towards building a new and better trend in education.

Why didn’t you start by reforming existing Beaconhouse schools first?
TNS is implementing a new system of education that requires a different kind of teaching and classroom environment. Introducing immediate changes in existing schools is not feasible at the moment as that will require major restructuring at each level. This is why TNS is being operated as a parallel system to the existing Beaconhouse School System, and the hope is to slowly incorporate its philosophy and methodologies into existing schools over time.

What will be the final qualification of TNS students?
By school leaving age children will do the 2 year International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme which is increasingly the preferred entrance qualification of most universities around the world.

What textbooks will be used?
We draw on a wide variety of books and resources that are relevant to particular projects. Children will be encouraged to read a variety of literature relevant to the activities in their projects and there are prescribed textbooks from Nursery to the MYP. Textbooks become progressively more prescribed as we move further up the age groups and will be totally prescribed in IGCSE English Literature for example, although there will be drama/novel choices etc. At IB Diploma level textbooks are at the discretion of the Coordinator and Head of subject but will need prior approval of the IB when seeking authorisation.

Will children get homework?
Yes. However, homework at present is too often a wearisome chore rather than something that truly engages the child. We want children to leave TNS with a love of learning, and not with a sense that reading outside of class is a boring burden. So while many projects will require children to work outside of the classroom, the spirit of it will be very different. On top of this, in trying to break down the barrier between schooling and the rest of life, we hope parents will help children pursue their interests and take them on rewarding trips to the community to enrich their learning.

Is TNS another elitist school?
While the fee structure is on the high side, TNS is not an elitist school. Elitist schools define themselves as being separate from the rest of society. At TNS we want our students to know and be comfortable with local communities, and to understand their responsibilities to them. It is a widely accepted fact that children grow most strongly when they know their own background and traditions. We like to say: ‘local roots, global outlook’.

Is TNS another school that marginalises Urdu?
No. We are doing our best to integrate universal insights into our local context. Urdu and Punjabi should be a vital part of our learning experience, and we want TNS children to feel as comfortable looking at the poems of Bulleh Shah as they do while reading Shakespeare.

Is discipline important in the school?
We do not want children to be disciplined out of fear, as this suppresses their individuality and freedom of expression. It is important that children work hard and respect others. However, we wish to instill these values by respecting and trusting them. The values learned this way tend to be less superficial and help develop self-discipline, which is essential for success in the world.

How do I enroll my child at TNS?
Registration forms are available from the Admissions Office.  You will need to submit certain documentation with the form.  Once the form has been processed, your child will be invited for an assessment by the Year/Level teacher.  If the application is successful, the school will inform you within a week of the assessment. For further information, please contact the school office.

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483/3, Sector G, Phase - V,
DHA Lahore
042-37176241-44
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