Key principles of our education
Preparing children effectively for the future calls for ‘modern and contemporary education’. The private education that Interteach offers is based on the following key pillars:
- Personalised learning
- Multilingual education and global awareness
- Talent development
Personalised learning provides an answer to the question of what every individual child needs in order to develop to the full, confidently and happily. Interteach offers education that motivates and engages students.
Within a small-scale learning community with different ages and levels, every child is able to develop fully thanks to a personal learning route. At Interteach, we do not believe in ‘average’ and challenge every child to exceed his or her abilities.
We encourage self-direction and make children the co-owners of their learning process, learning to think critically and reflect on their own learning objectives. Our rich learning environment and outstanding digital learning resources ensure just the right balance between offline and online learning. Children do not only learn from their teacher and what is taught, but also have the space to acquire knowledge and skills through self-discovery, research and experience.
Although learning may be personalised, this does not mean that it is a wholly individual experience. At Interteach, learning takes place through interaction with fellow students, teachers, external partners and our rich learning environment. Our education provides plenty of time and space for students to engage in both individual and joint activities.
Bilingual education and global awareness
Multilingual education and global awareness give children a better grounding for the future.
Compared to other European countries, the Netherlands is not a pioneer when it comes to offering bilingual primary education. Interteach intends to change that. Research has revealed that children actually learn better if they are taught bilingually. Children taught bilingually at an early age not only gain a greater understanding of languages in general, but can also solve more complex issues.
Interteach offers bilingual education, with global awareness subjects being taught in English. This linkage is a deliberate choice. We aim to ensure good proficiency in English, but also to focus on global awareness at the same time. Preparing children for the future calls for the development of an international attitude and international skills, with knowledge of other languages, countries and cultures.
We deliberately start bilingual education from four years old because young children aged four to eight are particularly sensitive to language and therefore receptive to multilingual education.
In the future, other languages, including Spanish, will be added as options. This means that Interteach students will be better prepared when entering secondary education and the step towards a bilingual or international education is facilitated.
The teachers’ language proficiency levels and teaching skills have a huge impact on the children’s language development. Interteach teaching staff are professionals with the qualifications and experience required to offer bilingual or multilingual education.
At Interteach, we work with the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). This is a contemporary curriculum for primary education. In addition to IPC, Interteach provides an extensive programme of options in the field of sport, art and culture. We believe it is important to focus more on talent development than currently happens in mainstream education. Interteach works closely with sports organisations, cultural institutions and the business community in order to enable children to discover their talents and develop them to the full. For example, Interteach also organises workshops and clinics for music and sport. Music has been shown to have an effect on brain development, both when experienced and enjoyed as a passive listener and through actively making music. Sport and exercise have a positive impact on children’s health and learning performance. Interteach gives children all the opportunities they need to develop their talents and monitors children’s development across the board.