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BESSA Ambassador: How my boarding school moulded me

Date Posted: Thursday, October 11th, 2018

BESSA Ambassador, Tunku Abang Faisal Amir (better known as Mac Bakar amongst friends), gives us this frank and open account of how experiences in his teenage years at top British boarding school, Harrow, moulded him into who he is today in Malaysia.

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The EPQ: Equipping students to pursue a passion

Date Posted: Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

The Extended Project Qualification is an independent research project offered to Sixth Form students by many British schools.  Sam Lenton, EPQ Coordinator at St Swithun’s School, tells us why it sits so well alongside the academic A Level curriculum.

‘It has truly been a

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The Importance of Good Guardianship

Date Posted: Monday, October 8th, 2018

When pupils living overseas apply to a boarding school in the UK, they will be asked to nominate a guardian who resides in the UK and is over 25 years old. This is not only good practice but of high importance.  Some families

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bessa ambassador: A Letter to My 17-Year-Old Self

Date Posted: Sunday, October 7th, 2018

Dear Ruben,

I am sitting here at my desk in a comfortably cool air-conditioned office, papers for reading piled high and an agenda full of meetings.  Looking through the large floor-to-ceiling window ahead, I can see the harbour filled with

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Character Education is what world leaders need today

Date Posted: Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018

In this article, Dr Eve Poole, Chairman of the Board of Governors at Gordonstoun, explains why the school chose to participate in research about the value of “character education” in later life.  Gordonstoun’s curriculum combines academic rigour with a wide range of

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BESSA Alumni: My son chose well

Date Posted: Friday, September 28th, 2018

BESSA alumni, Nan-Yoong Rin shares his experience with us about how attending BESSA helped him and his son, Josh, gain a better understanding about British boarding.

“BESSA was like a well organised supermarket of fine foods” says Rin.  With no

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BESSA In-Session: Sheridan Steen on How Boarding Schools Cater for Special Needs

Date Posted: Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

Sheridan Steen, Founder & Director of Dyslexia School Search (DSS), shares with us her journey as a parent of a dyslexic child and how British schools can help provide a strong foundation for a SEN child.

Today’s companies such as

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Education is GREAT Britain: Global Lessons from British Boarding

Date Posted: Thursday, September 20th, 2018

The GREAT Britain campaign showcases the best of all the UK has to offer the world, and its boarding schools with long-standing traditions are continuing to innovate and deliver world-class education.  BESSA speaks to Coen Armstrong, recently graduated after five years at

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Preparing for Boarding: A Psychological Perspective

Date Posted: Monday, September 10th, 2018

When parents prepare their children for the big step of sending them overseas for the first time, it is usually approached pragmatically and instinctively.  At BESSA, we decided to take a look from a different perspective: The Psychology of Human Needs.

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