The Chinese Education System – How does it work?

The Chinese Education System – How does it work?

As you may have noticed over the past month, bookings have dropped a little as students prepare for their English exams and end of term exams before the summer season. Many students will be thinking about the work they will need to do over the summer holidays and some will be a little scared about […]

Dragon Boat Festival

Dragon Boat Festival

One of the many colourful festivals to mark the Chinese Calendar is that of Duanwu Festival, known to the rest of the world as the Dragon Boat Festival. Falling on the 7th of June, the Dragon Boat festival is China’s biggest celebration in the summer, falling on the 5th day of the 5th Lunar month, […]

Educational Theory of the Month – Growth Mindsets, Dweck

Educational Theory of the Month – Growth Mindsets, Dweck

The power of “yet” Carol Dweck You may have noticed in session how some Breadies bounce straight back from mistakes, whilst others close in on themselves and can’t seem to move on from the correction. This understanding of how people deal with mistakes and failure was the focus of Dr Carol Dweck and lead to […]

Event of the Month – St Patrick’s Day

Event of the Month – St Patrick’s Day

People in the streets, green clovers falling from the sky, Guinness being passed around the crowd, it’s time for St Patrick’s Day! The day for the Patron Saint of Ireland is one celebrated not only on the Emerald Isle but around the UK and America. In this month’s newsletter we look at the history of […]

Educational Theory of the Month – Edward De Bono’s Thinking Hats

Educational Theory of the Month – Edward De Bono’s Thinking Hats

“Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.” De Bono If you’ve ever heard the saying ‘put your thinking cap on’, you’ve heard the inspiration for De Bono’s pivotal theory, the Six Thinking Hats. A consultant and educator, De Bono’s theory has been instructive in how […]

Educational Theory of the Month – Piaget– schemas/schemata

Educational Theory of the Month – Piaget– schemas/schemata

Continuing with our monthly exploration of educational psychology, for January we are shifting our focus to Jean Piaget, the Swiss psychologist whose research centred on psychological and moral development. His work on schemas has been hugely influential in education and is a great way to make sure Breadies have a grounded and developed understanding of […]

Topic of the Day – The Surprising History of Halloween

Topic of the Day – The Surprising History of Halloween

The 31st of October always fills me with a sense of excitement, no matter how old I get. From the nights getting darker earlier to the orange leaves crunching underfoot, for me Halloween marks the beginning of the prolonged festive season intersected with cosy nights in cradling mugs of hot chocolate and cold autumnal walks. […]

Topic of the Month – Universal Communication

Topic of the Month – Universal Communication

Universal Communication Words by Liam Pressley When enjoying a holiday in Italy a prominent thing that stands to many tourists is how animated Italians can be in expressing themselves with their hands. Big, grand and enthusiastic actions during conversations can immediately allay to an observer whether someone is nervous, excited, angry or just plain bored. […]