Swadee ka and Hello. My name is Indu Bedi and I am a Deputy Headteacher and a teacher of English at HeadStart International school. Having previously worked at HeadStart as the Head of English and Humanities, I am familiar with many aspects of this dynamic and creative school. I am excited to return in my new role to oversee the Sixth Form and Staff Development and once again work with a determined team of professionals to make this a successful school where all students thrive personally and academically. I learnt my craft as a teacher in England where I taught for 16 years holding a variety of roles including Head of Faculty, Director of Learning and Teaching, Assistant Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher. I embarked on my international career 10 years ago with my family and have since taught in Malaysia and Thailand. I am a certified Teacher Trainer with a specialism and a passion for developing pedagogical approaches to support language acquisition. I have written and led training in England and abroad. I have also worked for Sunderland University (UK) in supporting and assessing teachers training internationally. I have a BA (Hons) in the Humanities, majoring in English Literature, a PGCE in teaching English with Drama, an MA in Cultural and Critical Studies and I have completed my National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) in the UK. I have a genuine interest in how our pedagogical approaches in the classroom can be developed to enhance the learning of all students. As a teacher and leader, I am a strong believer in the growth mindset (Carol Dweck); I believe intelligence can be grown through using the right methods to teach and through developing student self-belief. I am also passionate about creating effective lifelong learners through making learning as transparent as possible so students know what steps to take to ensure their own success. With these key ingredients, choosing the right methods to teach, nurturing the growth mindset and making learning transparent, I believe all students achieve academic success and leave school with a belief in themselves. I also have a passion for teaching my subject, English, as I believe language and literature lie at the heart of individual empowerment. The study of language allows us to understand how language is used and how to use language effectively for our own purposes; this is central to one’s success in and beyond school. The study of literature, whilst contributing to improved language skills, also develops intelligence, imagination and the ability to view the world through different lenses. I am looking forward to working in partnership with the students, and their parents, in the Sixth Form to ensure they achieve academic success and they continue to enjoy their lives as students at the school. I am also looking forward to working with colleagues across the school to develop learning and teaching practice so we continue to inspire a love of learning amongst all of our students. Outside of school, I enjoy being a mum to my two young daughters, Anoushka and Taara Lily, reading (I have a particular interest in post-colonial literature and self-development books), spending time in nature, meditating and trying new recipes in my kitchen!
Students in the Sixth Form at HeadStart have fantastic opportunities and privileges that set them apart from the rest of the school. Our aim is to prepare students for their future life, including further study in universities around the world. The Sixth Form at HeadStart provides an environment where students receive direction, whilst being given opportunities for independence both through their studies and in their contributions to the school.
In their academics, we want to inspire our students to be curious, independent and motivated to gain a deep understanding of the subjects they choose. Students can choose to follow Cambridge Assessment International Examinations A Level courses or Pearson BTEC courses. These courses are recognised worldwide as college entry courses used to identify students suitable for university study.
Cambridge qualifications are recognised for admission by UK universities (including Oxford and Cambridge) as well as universities in the United States (Stanford and all Ivy League universities), Canada, European Union, Middle East, West Asia, Australia and New Zealand, as well as in other countries. HeadStart Sixth Formers can choose up to 5 AS levels including mathematics, literature, physics, chemistry, biology, computer science, business, history, geography, art, IT and music. In the final year of school students narrow their choices down to 3 or 4 subjects to complete the full A level.
HeadStart is always seeking to expand our academic programme and provide educational opportunities that suit our students as individuals. With this in mind, we have introduced Level 3 BTEC National qualifications to our academic programme. These offer students the opportunity to learn theory alongside real-life experience in courses that equip students with specialist knowledge, practical skills, and understanding to enable them to pursue a particular career path. Current courses on offer include business, travel & tourism, sport and digital media.
Unlike many other schools, HeadStart gives its Sixth Formers free choice of subjects, allowing students to create a personalised academic programme that best suits them. You can find out more about our courses here and read about our academic successes HERE.
At all levels, all of our subjects and courses are taught by highly qualified subject specialists.
As well as academic success, what happens outside the classroom is of great importance to us. HeadStart provides a holistic education to produce well rounded young adults. In addition to their academic lessons, all Sixth Formers have free access to our sporting facilities and independent study time. All students in the Sixth Form also participate in the Duke of Edinburgh International Award. In addition, students are encouraged to take on leadership roles including being a student council member, being a Prefect or leading the school as Head Boy / Girl. Sixth Formers participate in HeadStart’s extensive enrichment programme and this provides an opportunity to develop personalities, leadership skills, community spirit, and self-confidence. There are abundant opportunities to participate or compete in music, drama, sport, service and other activities such as LAMDA courses, Model United Nations and World Scholars’ Cup.
Our key aim in the Sixth Form is to ready our students for life beyond school. This not only requires developing study skills and achieving academic results but also gaining independence and skills that will help them reach their aspirations beyond HeadStart. If you are in Phuket, please come and visit us by booking a tour. You will be able to meet some of our Sixth Formers and I’m sure you will be impressed with them and what we have to offer.
Thinking about joining HeadStart for Sixth Form Study?
HeadStart welcomes students who wish to join us for the Sixth Form and experience the Cambridge A level or Pearson BTEC curriculum. If you will have completed your IGCSEs by August 2020, then transferring to the A level or BTEC programme is straight forward. However, students do not need to have studied IGCSE to be able to join us and many other school programmes provide a solid foundation for Sixth Form study. Cambridge qualifications are the single most popular international qualification in the world, serving more than 10,000 schools in 160 countries, double that of the International Baccalaureate. BTEC qualifications are the second most common entry qualifications for universities in the UK and are increasingly recognised in countries worldwide, including Thailand. If you’d like to find out more about studying life at HeadStart, please do contact admissions who will be delighted to arrange a visit.