Bermuda's public schools are gearing up to teach the Cambridge International Curriculum from September 2010.
The Ministry of Education of the Government of Bermuda will move its 25 public schools to the Cambridge International Curriculum from September 2010. The Ministry and Cambridge are currently preparing for the switch to Cambridge with a full programme of teacher training and syllabus implementation.
The Ministry has chosen to implement the Cambridge International Curriculum across all age groups, offering the Cambridge programme from primary through to A Level.
Bermuda’s Minister of Education, the Honourable Elvin G.James, JP, MP said in a letter to teachers on the Ministry’s website: “The decision to adopt the Cambridge Curriculum represents a pivotal moment in the history of public education in Bermuda. We must keep our focus on the outcomes we want for our children − improved learning and preparing our young people for tertiary education and the world of work.”
In July 2009, nine Bermudian teachers and three content technical officers from the Ministry of Education travelled to Cambridge to receive training in syllabus delivery. In Hamilton, Bermuda on 8 September 2009, Cambridge Director Dr Kevin Stannard presented an overview of the Cambridge International Curriculum to 900 teachers, teaching assistants and Education Ministry officers. Cambridge moderators and examiners followed up with subject-specific training on syllabuses, assessments and suggested approaches to teaching.
At the end of the training, Bermuda’s Commissioner of Education, Wendy McDonell said: “We have taken the first step in providing our students with an internationally-recognised education programme. The Cambridge trainers were professional and scholarly in their presentations. We look forward to a robust partnership with Cambridge. Our experience with Cambridge has confirmed that we have selected the appropriate resource to assist us with educational change in Bermuda.”
We remain committed to ensuring the move to Cambridge embraces the high educational standards already in place on the Island, and a solid partnership in education delivery for the future.