Posted on: Thursday 11 October, 2012 1:00
|Ministry of Education Renews Agreement with British Council and Edexcel
Under the patronage of His Excellency Dr Fayes Al Soudi, Minister of Education, the British Council and Edexcel International renewed the Protocol of the British School Programme on Sunday 16 September 2012, at the Ministry of Education.
The partnership between the three parties began with the signing of an agreement in 1999, and has led to the development of a quality British International General Certificate of Secondary Education (International GCSE), being available in Jordan – as well as the Advanced Subsidiary (AS) and Advanced Level (A-Level) qualifications in teaching and assessment. The collaboration between the organisations has contributed to the integrity of both the teaching and administration of these examinations in Jordan.
The British Council has played a pivotal role in the British School Programme in Jordan since the 1960s, working cooperatively with the Ministry of Education, Edexcel and schools. The British Council’s contribution focuses on giving schools the support they need to gain programme accreditation, as well as building teachers’ capacity through teacher training, and managing the registration and administration of examinations. In addition, the British Council has supported the growth of the programme in Jordanian schools and its expansion from Amman to other governorates, including Aqaba, Irbid and Zarqa.
For the first time, the Protocol will include Edexcel’s internationally renowned BTEC offering. Selected students will be given the opportunity to undertake the BTEC qualifications, which combine theory with the practical, work orientated skills sought after by employers. The qualifications have been designed to give students a unique and engaging learning experience – there are no exams and assessment is carried out through project work or assignments based on scenarios typically encountered in a work environment. Edexcel has worked closely with employers to develop the programmes, ensuring graduates are equipped with the skills and knowledge demanded by business owners across a number of industries.
The addition of the BTEC programmes gives Jordanian schools exciting new subjects to offer their students, including media, hospitality and tourism, engineering, beauty therapy, and information technology. As well as providing learners with the professional skills needed to succeed in the workplace, BTEC qualifications can also offer learners an academic pathway into university.
Edexcel is the United Kingdom’s largest awarding body and has worked with schools, colleges and universities in more than 80 countries. Edexcel is part of the international media, publishing and education giant, Pearson, which helps to education more than 100 million people worldwide through its training, curriculum materials, multimedia learning tools and assessment programmes. Pearson has had a presence in Jordan and the Middle East for a number of years, and understands the importance of combining its international experience and expertise with local knowledge and understanding, giving students a relevant and dynamic learning experience. Edexcel’s renewal of the Protocol Agreement is part of its commitment to developing the academic and practical skills of young people in Jordan and the wider Arab region. By providing quality educational solutions, the company is helping learners meet their potential and contribute meaningfully in their chosen careers