The May issue of IE is out!

In the latest issue: tips for getting students exam-ready, St Swithun's School's strong women of the future and how more students are turning to degree apprenticeships

With new figures released by ISC Research revealing that there has been a huge growth in the market for international private schooling in China (see the full news story on page 10), international matters are very important for independent schools right now.

This is why we have dedicated our May issue to the topic, and on page 27 have provided an in-depth look at the potential advantages and challenges of international expansion. While setting up a sister branch abroad can be exciting and full of opportunities for both teachers and students, it can also be time-consuming.

Rather fittingly for this international theme, you will find a review of the impressive Global Education & Skills Forum on page 33. I was lucky enough to attend the event at the end of March and as I packed my bags for Dubai I could only imagine what was in store for me; I was certainly not disappointed.

With plenty of talks to interest teachers, as well as many opportunities to share ideas with other teachers from around the world, it was an event I won’t forget.

South Hampstead High School teacher Emma Russo told me the focus on teacher voice was something she liked in particular, and I couldn’t agree more; taking more time to show teachers how valued they are can only be a good thing.

Lastly, if our front cover caught your eye this month, don’t panic! There are plenty of tips for preparing students for exams on page 59.

I hope you enjoy the issue.

Jo Golding

Editor, Independent Education Today