At Agora Sant Cugat International School we are committed to education in excellence: this is its importance
Education is currently undergoing a major paradigm shift: we are witnessing the beginning of a revolution in the educational model as we know it. Learning the curricular subjects is still very necessary, but now we have to go a step further: we have to educate with a view towards educational excellence, and this is something we have very much in mind in the educational model at Agora Sant Cugat International School.
In the 19th century, when the educational model that is still largely present today was created, students needed to know Mathematics, Science, Literature or Language. They needed to have an authority figure to fill their heads with concepts, to explain, in front of them, numerous notions that they were likely to need in their adult lives. But today, while that knowledge is still very important to know, the truth is that we should realise that educational needs are changing. Not only do we need to change the way we teach and transmit concepts (students now need to explore for themselves and let their imagination and creativity run wild), but we need to realise that in addition to teaching curricular subjects, we now also need to educate our students to be the best citizens of the world. To leave the world with the best educated people in every sense of the word.
And when we talk about all the senses, we are not only referring to curriculum subjects: it is more necessary than ever to focus on languages, education in values, languages, health education and sport, among others. This is vitally important in the educational model at Agora Sant Cugat International School, where the above are our basic pillars. Only by educating our pupils to be citizens can we achieve excellence, as this is not an act, but a habit which must be taught from early childhood.
Personalised education: the key to excellence
“Personalised education takes into account what people have in common, and what is unique to them; it combines the demands of educational individualisation and socialisation, and constitutes the type of education most in keeping with profound human needs and the conditions of man in the technified society in which we live; it stimulates each subject to freely and responsibly perfect the capacity to direct his or her own life”. These are the words used in the Revista Española de Pedagogía to describe the model of personalised education or individualised education, in which each student learns at his or her own pace and no one is left behind.
This type of education is mainly based on three pillars described by Víctor García Hoz, Professor of Experimental Pedagogy at the Complutense University of Madrid and founder of the Spanish Society of Pedagogy:
- Each individual is different and has his or her own personality and pace of learning.
- Each individual has his or her own autonomy and freedom
- Each individual has a different social reality surrounding him/her.
We understand, therefore, that thanks to individualised education each student will receive the same treatment and no one will be left behind. In this case, it is the educational model that adapts to each student and not the other way around.
At our school we are firmly committed to personalised education: given that we understand excellence as the ability to maximise the talent of each of our students, we provide them with a Psychopedagogical Office that offers them personalised attention to ensure the perfect development of each student.
Active methodologies, a very helpful tool
Related to this is the term ‘active methodologies’. What does it mean? We could define them as a type of teaching techniques or methods that put the student at the centre of his or her own learning and that teach curricular concepts from a perspective in which creativity, imagination or teamwork, among others, are also developed. Therefore, they leave aside the concepts of memorisation and automation of lessons that are taught in a conventional classroom.
They are also very present in our centre and, moreover, at all educational levels. Educational excellence materialises in each of our classrooms thanks to the best teachers and the most appropriate methodologies in each situation. We are able to do this thanks to the constant innovation and ongoing training of our teaching staff.
The school has a Chief Education Officer, the head of education at Globeducate, who is responsible for providing workshops and training sessions for teachers, integrating best practices from educational systems around the world. The centre also has educational quality evaluation and management systems.
Language learning, a source of excellent knowledge
Finally, at Agora Sant Cugat International School we believe that another path towards educational excellence is through language learning based on linguistic immersion. Our pupils can also access the International Baccalaureate (IB) which provides them with a curriculum which is universally accepted by higher education institutions. Furthermore, it is a model for the future that develops key skills in students for their academic, professional and personal success.