We believe that it is time not merely to transform but to re-imagine education.
Evidence of dramatic changes is all around us already — artificial intelligence, quantum computing, self-driven cars, genetic engineering, sharing economy, 3D printing, to name just a few. In the near future, the all-encompassing technology- and innovation-driven Fourth Industrial Revolution (2010---), will transform current social, cultural and economic structures into a new world order.
According a survey carried out by the Oxford Martin Press (2013 Future of Jobs report), the most important skills relevant to jobs that will not be replaced by technology would be social and creative skills.
As educators, it is our responsibility to nurture and hone these skills to ensure that our children thrive in the future. We believe that students must have the right attitude, an authentic relationship with learning, to be able to succeed as fulfilled and productive adults. Our foremost goal, therefore, is to guide children onto the path of self-actualisation.
Content is, of course, important. Numeracy and literacy, digital literacy, subject/discipline knowledge as well as learning of processes and skills are critical as they are the basis on which students will be able to evaluate and internalise new and evolving information. However, all this is a means to an end. And the end is to prepare students to become proactive and engaged citizens of the world of the future.
The future we envision for each child at HIXS is for her to become a self-aware, conscientious world citizen, a learner for life, and a creative, connected and collaborative problem solver. An HIXS student understands the balanced growth required in different domains: physical, social, emotional, cognitive and creative. They explore and discover their essence or Swabhav:
HIXS students are supported during their crew (advisory) time to develop their habits of work and learning. These habits transcend any single curriculum area. They help our students to live and breathe our Dharmic principles and the meaning of the Human Framework in their daily lives. They are aligned to the Dharmic principles and enable the children to realise their Swabhav and their Swadharm, while also developing strong relationships with others and a deep understanding of their context.
The Primary Programme (Nursery to grade 5) aims to create a joyous, nurturing and vibrant space that stimulates the child’s curiosity and imagination and fosters her instinct for exploration and inquiry. We focus on the child’s Swabhav (basic nature and instincts) to enable her to develop a robust sense of self and others as she interacts with and explores her environment. We nurture the whole child by facilitating her social, emotional and academic development. She gains practical hands-on experiences which link her learning to the real world.
The primary curriculum is founded upon Heritage's experiential learning curriculum with resources from the International Baccalaureate® Primary Years Programme* and International Primary Curriculum. The programme places a powerful emphasis on inquiry-based learning, students' academic, social and emotional well-being and critically on international-mindedness and strong personal values. It nurtures independent learning skills, encouraging every student to take responsibility for her own learning.
*The International Baccalaureate® Primary Years Programme affiliation is under application.
Students of grades 6 to 8 follow the lower secondary International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) programme. In their final year in the middle programme, grade 8 students are introduced to the key objectives of the senior IGCSE programme. During this transition year, students become increasingly familiar with key IGSCE grade 9 objectives and begin to acquire skills which they will develop mastery of by the time they sit the grade 10 Board exams. Our middle years programme focuses on in-depth trans-disciplinary learning expeditions that connect students’ mastery of skills and content to real life issues and purposes. They work together to make the world a better place.
The IGCSE curriculum at HXLS is aligned with the Heritage vision. It helps our students to think globally and act locally equipped with knowledge, understanding and skills of 21st century citizens.. It combines the understanding of a broad range of subject content with the application of values both within and outside the classroom, and sets clear goals for students and teachers. The Cambridge programme is committed to helping our diverse student body increase its competence, expand its academic horizons and enrich its values.
The Senior Programme consolidates the learnings of earlier years to develop young adults who have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge; flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically whilst excelling in traditional academic subjects. There is greater emphasis on building an international spirit and the 21st century skills of communication, critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and leadership that will serve these young men and women well as they prepare to step out into the world beyond the school gates. The programme embraces the free exchange of ideas, harnessing the creative energies of these young adults in a learning environment rich in dialogue and collaboration.
The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) is a demanding pre-university course of study that leads to external examinations and is designed for highly motivated students aged between 16 and 19. Through the DP, schools are able to develop students who have an excellent breadth and depth of knowledge and thrive physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically.
The Association for Experiential Education (AEE) believes learning through experience positively transforms people and our world. AEE promotes and expands the global capacity of experiential learning. Our International Programme (IP) benefits from this affiliation by accessing professional development opportunities for our teachers and by being able to network with experiential educators globally who are utilising the latest best practices in making learning connected to real experiences and the real world.
The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) is a comprehensive, thematic, creative curriculum for 3 to 12 year olds, with a clear process of learning and specific learning goals for every subject, for international mindedness and for personal learning. They are open-ended, inquiry based and the resources can be used to supplement and enhance our own development of meaningful experiential learning expeditions. This international curriculum is aligned with standards in the UK and brings and additional internationally referenced resource to our dynamic experiential programme.
I am a Teacher is a not-for-profit organisation, aimed at building an alternate and practice-based model for teacher education. This model has the potential to transform and reinvent teacher education in the country and thus reform school education. The organisation has recently launched an innovative, one-year programme – the Post Graduate Diploma in Learning and Teaching (PGDLT). This is a residency model and offers a unique synthesis of theory and practice, combining a year-long classroom engagement in select schools with a carefully aligned sequence of coursework. HXLS is the practicing school for this programme.
For more information, visit www.iamateacher.in
Conscient Football, a grassroots development initiative undertaken by the Conscient Group with the Heritage Schools network in Delhi NCR, has an exclusive partnership with FC Barcelona soccer club to run the FCBE scola Soccer programme in India. FCBEscola reflects the famed youth development system of FC Barcelona in Spain, globally recognised for its ability to identify, groom and nurture talent such as Lionel Messi, Xavi Hernandez, Gerard Pique and Andres Iniesta, among others.
The club plays an integral role in its country's global football success, with many players currently in the Spanish national team. Under this initiative, different programmes are offered that are tailored for all age groups, skill levels and type of youth development. FCBEscola students go through specially designed health, nutrition, fitness and conditioning sessions as well as get opportunities for participation in various domestic and international tournaments.