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Islamic education – Bridging Secular and Religious teachings

Islamic education in Malaysia is gradually increasing due to a demand by parents who seek balance between secular and religious education for their children.

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Signs Of Cyberbullying In Children

Children today spend a lot of time on social media raising the risk of being bullied online. The effects of this are no less serious than being bullied in real life.

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10 Private Schools Offering The National Curriculum

There's an increasing number of private schools offering the Malaysian national curriculum - Standard Based Curriculum for Primary Schools (KSSR) and Secondary Schools (KSSM) - for parents who prefer smaller class sizes and extra activities.

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The Internet – Unlimited Knowledge Or Distraction?

The Internet has become indispensable and used for work, studying, research, entertainment – the list is endless. But for parents, the Internet can sometimes be more foe than friend.

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Degrees That Guarantee A Career

Choosing what to study after secondary school can be difficult and students are often torn between studying about a subject they’re passionate about and doing a degree guaranteeing a successful career.

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International Schools in Pahang, Kelantan and Terengganu

While most international schools are located in peninsular Malaysia, there are international school options for those living in the east coast states of Pahang, Kelantan and Terengganu.

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Get a Degree at a French University

Pursuing a degree is an investment and while most Malaysian students opt for either a local or Australian / British / American degree, there are viable alternatives that cost less and are just as good.

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International School Acronyms – What Does it All Mean?

International schools are all accredited by and work with different boards and associations, which are often listed as acronyms. Here are the most common ones associated with international schools in Malaysia.

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7 Reasons to Pursue a Degree in Malaysia

Pursuing a degree is what most students hope for after completing secondary school. As a regional education hub Malaysia is an excellent option for tertiary education.

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Sports Clubs For Kids in KL

Fitness, being outdoors, gamesmanship, discipline, fun, positive competition, socialising and learning to be a team player – all the advantages of participating in sports.

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Arts & Crafts Classes For Kids In KL

If you're looking for regular art and craft classes, artistic birthday party venues or school holiday programmes, check these art studios out.

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Summer Camps 2019

The summer holidays are in full swing and for many international school students, this means almost two months off! Keep the kids happy and busy at these camps for sports, cooking, arts and craft, and the performing arts.

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STEM vs STEAM

Debate rages over whether the popular Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) teaching approach really needs the formal addition of the arts into the acronym.

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Choosing A Preschool - Simple Tips For Parents

Your child's turning three and it's time to consider sending him / her to preschool. This is usually the first big decision when it comes to their education and it can be a tough one!

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Climbing Centres For Kids In KL

Increase in strength, endurance and hand-foot-eye coordination as well as developing problem-solving skills are some of the benefits kids gain when climbing. These centres offer great child-friendly facilities and programmes.

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Learning Through Play

This phrase is bandied around a lot and it's a fact that children need to play to develop physically, intellectually and socially. Child and Family Development specialist Racheal Kwacz shares her views on learning through play.

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Types of Curriculums in Malaysia

Private and international schools in Malaysia offer a comprehensive list of curriculums including the British, American, IB, Australian and the Malaysian National Curriculum.

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Lycée Français Henri Fauconnier - An Alternative International School Education

We ask Jean-Yves Bichel, Principal of the French School of Kuala Lumpur (LFKL), why parents should consider this viable educational alternative and what are its advantages.

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7 Educational Apps For Children

Make screen time count with these fun, educational apps teaching maths, languages, geography and the alphabet.

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What Is An Autocratic Parent?

Discipline, structure and obeying the rules - this is what autocratic parents expect from their children.

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Scholarships For Malaysian Students

There are a variety of scholarships offered by private companies to help deserving students attain their degrees.

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The Ringgit of Private Education

The cost of a private school education in Malaysia depends on several factors – curriculum, location, facilities and accreditation.

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No More Tears: An End To Bullying

A common problem that’s become accepted as part of school life, bullying carries far more negative consequences than realised.

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Anxiety In Young Children

Anxiety also affects young children, who may not know how to properly express or overcome their anxious feelings. Here's how to recognise the symptoms, and what parents can do to help.

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Education Begins At Home

Constructive parental engagement is essential for a child’s academic success. By simply bonding with them at home, having fun and getting involved in their activities, it can make a big difference in their scholastic career.

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April School Holiday Activities

The April (Easter) school holidays are around the corner and there's so much for the kids to do from learning how to scuba dive in Tioman to learning about coding, cooking and growing their vegetables!

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Performing Arts Classes For Kids

If you have an aspiring actor or theatre hopeful on your hands, these centres have great courses for kids and teens.

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Music Schools In The Klang Valley

Research has shown that music can improve our language, memory and reasoning skills. These music schools offer lessons in many instruments across every age group and examining board.

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How Performing Arts Benefits Academics

Can a student sing, dance or act their way to better grades? Many teachers, parents and students think so and are benefitting greatly from participating in stage productions and music / dance classes.

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March School Holiday Fun

Outdoor activities, sports, sustainable workshops, art, education and a hot air balloon festival - plenty to do during the March school holidays.

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Types of Pre-University Programmes In Malaysia

What's the next step after secondary school? With a wide range of choices available, choosing the correct pre-university course is the first step towards university and what degree and qualifications they will take up.

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Job Hunting Tips For Fresh Graduates

Graduates today face various situations and a new world upon entering the working environment. Here's what they can do to ease that transition.

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Preparing for 21st century learning at Sunway College

Today's classroom is no longer just about academics and assessments. Technology has dramatically changed the way lessons are taught and what new skill sets students must learn.

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Teach For Malaysia - transforming Malaysia through education

One in five Malaysian students do not complete secondary school and almost half of 15-year-olds do not meet minimum proficiency levels in reading. Teach For Malaysia is leading the way to change this.

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Schools Offering Australian And Canadian Curriculum

Although the British and American curriculums are more prevalent in Malaysia, there are options for Australian and Canadian programmes as well.

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University Open Day - What Really Happens?

University open days or information sessions are an important part of the tertiary education process for students and parents. Find out what happens and why you should attend them.

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STEM & Girls - The Perfect Combination

There is no longer a gender imbalance when it comes to studying STEM-based degrees at university, but there still is in the related job markets. STEM subjects will shape our future and girls will play a major role in this.

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5 Health Issues Facing First Year Uni Students

A student's first year of university is an exciting time, but students have to be careful to take care of themselves as well or risk facing these common health concerns.

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LittleLives

Be a part of your little one's day through this new app that updates parents on their children's activities in school and daycare.

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Lorna Whiston's New Centre Opens

One of Malaysia's leading English language centres has officially opened its new centre and headquarters.

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International Medical Degrees In Malaysia

These Australian and British universities offer medical degrees at their local campuses, which makes it easier and more cost-effective to get a widely recognised degree.

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What Happens After Secondary School?

What are the options available for tertiary education in Malaysia - from diploma course to vocational training.

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International School Awards 2019 Winner: Pastoral Initiative

The Alice Smith School takes top honours at the recent International School Awards in the Pastoral Initiative category.

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ISKL Wins International School Leader Award

The International School of Kuala Lumpur has won the prestigious International School Leader Award in the category Initiative for Inclusion.

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Tertiary Education In Malaysia

In recent years, the higher education scene in Malaysia has been growing at an unprecedented rate due to supportive government strategy, competitive costs and diverse study options.

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Bett Asia Leadership Summit and Expo 2019

This year's prestigious Bett event focuses on education technology and will see top educators, innovators and senior leaders gather to discuss strategies and the future of education technology.

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Discovering Electric and Electronic Engineering: Dr Mihai Rotaru

Dr Mihai Rotaru is an Associate Professor and the Programme Leader of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in University of Southampton Malaysia, where he teaches and researches the fields of applied electromagnetism.

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Art In The City: A great way to learn about local artists

A great art initiative is taking place in Kuala Lumpur now and sees artwork by local artists displayed on prominent buildings and digital billboards throughout the city. A great weekend activity for the whole family.

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What Children Read At Different Ages

Reading is becoming a lost art as screen time becomes the norm. One of the greatest gifts a parent can offer is to encourage their children to develop a love for reading at a young age.

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American Curriculum Schools in Malaysia

If you're looking for schools offering the American curriculum, there are several choices located in Penang, Kuala Lumpur and Johor Baru.

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How To Help Your Kids With Homework Without Doing It For Them

However tempting it may be to do homework for the kids, parents really shouldn't.

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5 Practical Skills Every Child Should Learn

Practical skills should be taught to children when they are young as they are quick to learn. Here are some useful ones that will play an important role until adulthood and help them cope with many situations.

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Dr John Kennard - Headmaster at Epsom College in Malaysia

A highly experienced international educator, Dr John Kennard has taught in prominent schools in the UK and Australia. He is now headmaster at Epsom College in Malaysia and has led schools in Hong Kong, Poland and Switzerland.

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5 Apps That Make Math Fun!

Math and fun don't usually go together especially for younger kids. But these math apps not only make math enjoyable, they also teach the basics of the subject and help enhance calculation skills.

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5 Discovery Centres In Malaysia For Kids

If you're travelling in Malaysia, visit these quirky indoor places the kids will enjoy (parents maybe not so much). Plus, it's an easy way to spend a couple of hours on a rainy afternoon.

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7 International Schools in Penang

While most international schools are in the Klang Valley, Penang and Johor Baru aren't far behind. This week we look at the options at one of the top heritage centres in Asia and a great place to settle down.

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7 Educational Centres For Kids

Kids learn best when they 'play to learn'. A trip to any of these educational centres is always time well spent, and a great family day out.

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Edutainment Centres

Books are excellent sources of knowledge, but there are plenty of other fun ways to combine the best of education and entertainment for a learning experience. Here are our picks for you and your little ones.

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5 Swim Centres For Toddlers In KL

Swimming is a very important skill to have from as young as possible primarily for safety (pools, pool parties, beach holidays). A good teacher is imperative as they will be responsible to teach and help your child love the water.

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Integrating STEM Subjects As Part Of A Cohesive Curriculum: Simon Sharp

With a BA (Hons) in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge and a PGCE from the University of Northampton, Simon Sharp is Head of Primary at the British International School of Kuala Lumpur.

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Holiday Activities: November-December 2018

The end of the year is upon us. The kids will soon be on holiday, Christmas is coming up and 2018 is coming to a close. Check out these fun activities for the kids, and parents too if you're up for it!

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6 Language Learning Centres For Kids

Kids who learn a new language reap many benefits, including improved cognitive, social and emotional development. Start the kids on a second (or third) language at these centres, which also offer courses for adults.

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The New Essential Education Site Is Here

Head here for the latest education news, features, educator profiles and everything you need to know about private and international schools in Malaysia.

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Atom & The Dot – Making Science Fun!

Science is fun when taught through art, craft and fun characters. This local educational subscription box brand is set to change the way your kids learn and who doesn't love receiving a box of goodies?

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5 British Universities In Malaysia

A viable alternative to attending university in the UK is to do the same course locally. Check out these British university campuses in Malaysia offering popular courses at reasonable fees, twinning programmes and well-recognised degrees.

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Pastoral Care In International Schools

Pastoral care supplements academic teaching and international schools are taking it seriously for its benefits.

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Special Education Glossary

Some common terms to know when it discussing special education.

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The First Day

The first day of school can be a tough affair and parents should start preparing weeks ahead to avoid tears.

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Adult Learning: Education at any age

EE explores the options of education courses for adult development.

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Reading At An Early Age

There are so many moving parts that contribute to the development of literacy at the preschool level. Education expert Rohan Yung explores the various approaches and how preschools are prioritising.

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5 Kindergartens To Learn A Second Language

These schools are known for their bilingual and trilingual programmes emphasising on Mandarin and Bahasa Malaysia.

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Building Community Spirit Through Helping Others

As the oldest British international school in Malaysia, the Alice Smith School has a long history of community service.

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IB Schools In Malaysia

The International Baccalaureate has become a top secondary school qualification with a global outlook, widely accepted at top universities around the world. These schools offer the IB and are known for good results.

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New International Schools To Look Out For

More Malaysian students are being enrolled in international schools than ever before. To meet increasing demand, more international schools are slated to open offering various curriculums and fee brackets.

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The Value Of A British International Education

A British education offers more value and benefits for the children than you think.

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5 Affordable Primary Schools Outside KL

If you're living outside the Klang Valley and want to send your primary age kids to an international school at a reasonable price, these are some of your options.

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Meeting Special Needs At International Schools

How special needs learners are getting the help they need within and outside of the classroom.

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5 Affordable Primary Schools In KL

Private and international school education is a substantial investment. As more parents consider this route, they're getting more savvy when it comes to pricing. These schools offer the British curriculum and reasonable fees.

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Music Education

There is a real sense of individual accomplishment to be gained from climbing the rungs of the music grades. Rohan Yung explores the increasing opportunities for children to get involved in musical ensembles here in Malaysia.

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Alternative Curriculum

Most international schools in Malaysia follow a British, American or Australian curriculum. We take a look at alternative curriculum and the schools that offer them.

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5 Boarding Schools Outside KL

We last wrote about boarding schools in KL and the surrounds, but if you're looking further afield, there're good options in Penang and Johor Bahru.

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Engineering Our Learning: STEM

STEM learning is becoming increasingly relevant in producing future problem solvers who think outside the box. The Alice Smith School recognises that and incorporates STEM subjects into their curriculum.

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Encouraging Students To Challenge The Norms: Stephen West

Having worked across many sectors of education across several countries including Australia, Brunei, Thailand, Japan and the UAE, Stephen West is now the principal at MIGS preparing students for the ever-changing future.

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School Subjects That Prepare Kids For Real Life

These classes in international schools give students an introductory glimpse into the working world.

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5 Boarding Schools In KL and Surrounds

From famed British public schools to prestigious local institutions, boarding offers students the opportunity to become independent in a nurturing and holistic environment without having to leave the country.

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Bridging Academics And The Business Of Education: Greg Parry

Greg Parry is the co-founder and CEO of Global Services in Education and operator of Kingsgate International School. With his extensive global experiences, he is now making his mark in Malaysia.

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A Global Educator: Clive Rogers

Clive Rogers is the founding principal of Peninsula International School Australia. We find out what it takes for an international school to make the cut in such a competitive environment.

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Performance Coaching at the Alice Smith School

At the Alice Smith School, Secondary Principal, Dr. Sarah Howling, has spearheaded the introduction of a coaching culture grounded in systems of collaboration and self-directed professional growth.

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Keeping It Green

As environmental studies may soon become a compulsory subject in schools across the country, we look at three international schools whose students make it a personal mission to protect their environment.

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The Importance of Sports in School

Fact: Participating in sports makes students healthier, socialise better and perform better academically.

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The Great Technology Debate

In a tech-savvy world, it's important for schools to ensure that students are interacting with technology in a meaningful, educational way.

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Preschool Programmes: Which to Choose?

Starting off on the right foot: The curriculum used in early childhood education can significantly impact the way your child speaks, thinks and acts.

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Should Your Children Take A Gap Year?

Find out how school leavers can put their time out of the education system to good use.

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Choosing the Right Career Path

Life after high school can be daunting. For many, there is only one chance to make the right choice. For that reason your child can feel overwhelmed. Here are a few reassuring thoughts.

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Choosing the Right Secondary Qualifications

A-Levels or IGCSE? IB or HSC? We take a look at the different types of school-leaving certification offered and how they work.

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The Millennial Major

We take a look at what Generation Y is studying these days and it's veering away from medicine, law and accounting.

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Benefits of Being Bilingual

Learning more than one language will give your child a head start academically and even offer the chance of better employment in the future.

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Creating Global Citizens At School

Secondary schools emphasise 'global citizenship', but understanding what that really means is important in deciding on the right schools and curricula for your children.

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How To Choose A Preschool

Asking the right questions will help ensure that the preschool you select will be one where your young one will shine.

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Education High: Professor Andrew Walker

The President and Pro Vice-Chancellor of Monash University Malaysia is passionate about educational innovation and the changing landscape of learning.

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Finding A Special Education Needs School

Support for special needs education in Malaysia can be limited, so here's what you can do to ensure your child has access to a programme that best suits their needs.

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The Gift Of Learning

Navigating education options for gifted and talented children can be a thrilling yet intimidating endeavour for parents, so we look at the resources and schools available here.

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An Overview of Education in Malaysia

With such a wide range of education choices in Malaysia from schools to curriculums, read this general overview of the education scene to get a better idea of what's on offer.

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Schooling Options In Malaysia

The range of schools available in Malaysia can be daunting, so we take you on a quick whistle-stop tour of the education landscape.

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Further Education For Adults

These days, more working adults are returning to tertiary education to reassess their skills and boost their career prospects.

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How to Choose a Primary School

Your choice of primary school will not only need to suit your children's needs, but support your family's practical circumstances too.

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Fun School Clubs At International Schools

These after school clubs and extra-curricular activities let kids tackle real-world challenges and have fun while learning.

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Performing Arts Programmes In Schools

Why these 5 International schools make an excellent training ground for aspiring playwrights, actors, singers and young theatre hopefuls.

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Fun International School Field Trips

Field trips are more than just visiting the biscuit factory these days - now children get to see the world, serve the community and develop character.

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Adult Education While Living Abroad

Learn new skills, engage with the local and international community and gain a global outlook.

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Penang: Art Programmes in Schools

With a growing reputation in the arts scene, international schools in Penang are helping students explore their artistic side from a young age through various endeavours.

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Hearing Them Out

Responsible for the pastoral care of children in the primary school unit of The British International School of Kuala Lumpur, Deputy Head of Primary Alison Mackey gives us some insight into her job and her hopes for it.

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Skill Enhancing Short Courses

Can’t seem to find what you want in the market and wish you could make it yourself? Or just bored and looking for a creative outlet to fill your days with? Taking up a short course or two might be the answer to both problems.

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The Importance of Sports

Sports and games play an important role in ensuring the holistic development of a child's growth, and more international schools are implementing sports programmes and activities to cater to their needs.

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Beyond The Classroom

For students at an international school in Malaysia, excursions and field trips are a far cry from what most of us will remember from our school days.

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Higher Education In Malaysia: An Overview

We take a comprehensive look at the education system of Malaysia and the challenges it currently faces, as well as the reforms that have been outlined to improve it.

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Team Spirit

Principle Nicki Coombs shares her experience in developing Beaconhouse Newlands International School as a united team and family in academics, arts, sports and more.

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How to Thrive Not Just Survive During the Exam Season

Here's some tips to share with the kids before the stress of exams kick in.

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Not Just For Fun

Music, the visual and dramatic arts have been criticised for being non-essential, but what should we really think about arts education in schools?

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Smart Learning

With chalkboards and dusters being phased out by computers and iPads in the classroom, what does this mean for the changing face of education?

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Extra-Curricular Benefits

Learning is naturally important, but sometimes it’s what your child learns outside the classroom that’s really what makes them into the adult they become.

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Giving Back Starts Young

We take a look at schools that not only teach subjects, but life lessons like the value of giving back to their pupils

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Getting An Early Start

Choosing your child's childcare centre or first school is both an exciting and daunting prospect. Here are the questions to ask, and things to look for to ensure that this school will be right for you and your child.

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Listen To Teacher

We spoke to a key representatives from Alice Smith, ELC and EPSOM College to gather their views on their changing role in the evolving educational landscape in Malaysia.

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International Perspectives

We speak to students at international schools to get an insider look at the front line of Malaysian education.

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Beating The Brain Drain: Penang

With holidays around the corner, Penang schools have found innovative ways to counter the 'brain drain', which is where students start to lose focus. We find out how!

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School Food, But Not As You Know It

EL looks at what international schools are serving up in their cafeterias.

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8 International Curriculums in Malaysia to Know

Malaysia is fast becoming a centre for global education systems with curriculums from Europe, the Americas and Asia all well represented

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IB Thinking

International education in Malaysia is dominated by IGCSEs and A levels but the International Baccalaureate is not to be discarded

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More on IB Thinking

Read Part 2 of 'IB Thinking' where we speak to the International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL) and Fairview

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Boarding Schools in Malaysia

Boarding schools offer children the chance to learn useful life skills like independence and responsibility. Isabel Lee looks at the pros and cons of education away from home plus emerging boarding school trends in Malaysia.

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Now Boarding: International Boarding School Options in Malaysia

Explore the options for live-in education in Malaysia with our A to Z of international boarding schools

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The Lunch Box Gang: Tips & Tricks

If you decide to send your children to school with a packed lunch, here are some top tips on keeping them healthy

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The Art of Youth

Life is bursting with inventive opportunities that are best tapped into from an early age. Discover how to nurture your child’s natural penchant for imagination and creativity.

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Penang Pedagogy

Penang has its fair share of preschools, primary and secondary international schools. Their top quality programmes and teaching staff make them the unhesitating choice of expatriate parents.

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Failing The A-Levels: Why It Is Not The End of The World

Failing the exams can be tough on students who have worked hard hoping to attend their dream university. Find out what comes next if your child doesn’t achieve the desired grades.

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Time Out: Taking A Gap Year

Leaving a gap year in a resume can be risky, but it can also be a rewarding experience for graduates seeking to broaden their horizons.

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Teaching At Home

For expatriate parents, a major concern when moving abroad is their children's education. While most parents in KL choose an international school, others decide to homeschool their children. Two homeschooling mothers share their experiences.

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Different Syllabus Options in Malaysia

Those looking to study in Malaysia have numerous curriculum options available to them, but understanding what is out there for the picking is the first step towards choosing the right options.

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Tackling Sports The Right Way

What role does sports play in the academic life of a student? Karen Andres explores the importance of sports and ways to garner more participation and interest from school students.

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Aesthetic Learning Environment

The expression of beauty in art, literature, music and other aspects of life uplifts the human mind.

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The Art of Studying

Let’s face it. Wouldn’t you rather go out with friends, watch a movie, even tidy the house than hit the books?

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C is for Curriculums

Step into the classroom for a full-on lesson on the many international high school curriculums available in the country and how each is unique.

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Smart Boarding

Boarding has undergone a huge transformation from something that met a necessity to something that most children are desperate to do.

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Home Support & Parental Involvement

Home support and parental involvement in school play a vital role in bringing out the best in children.

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Brain Power for Kids

Activity centres provide the stimulus needed to support a child’s expanding ability to remember. Professor Tracy Alloway elaborates.

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Learning Begins with Play

Parents will not settle for just watching the remarkable phenomenon of their toddler's development. They desire to be directly involved.

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Jumping for Jolly

Founder Christopher Jolly talks about the history, inspiration and methods used in Jolly Learning.

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Learning at Home

If conventional schooling falls short of your expectations, take matters into your own hands and home-school.

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Penang Education History

Today, Penang’s Dalat School appears as modern as the beach-side condominiums it stands beside.

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You’re In, Not Out

A learning centre in Gombak founded by multiple-time Miss Malaysia, Deborah Henry, provides displaced Somali refugees access to formal education.

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Third Culture Kids

A passport country, a residing country and a third culture for the kids who identify more readily with others in similar circumstances.

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Early intervention is the key

Studies indicate close to one in five children have what is termed a 'special educational need' during their school years. Learn more here.

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Preschool Checklist

Is this the right preschool/ nursery for your child? Read on to know more about the questions you should be asking.