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September 18, 2011

Recognising Best Practices of Schools in Delivering Holistic Education

This year, five schools are awarded the Best Practice Award for Student All-Round Development, Teaching and Learning, as well as Staff Well-Being, under the Ministry of Education (MOE) Masterplan of Awards (MoA)1 2011. The five schools are Nan Hua High School, Anglo-Chinese Junior College, Meridian Junior College, River Valley High School and Singapore Chinese Girls’ School. In addition to the three Best Practice Awards, Anglo-Chinese Junior College and Singapore Chinese Girls’ School are also conferred the School Excellence Award for educational excellence.

A total of 270 schools will receive 462 awards under the MoA. These awards will be presented to the schools at the 2011 Ministry of Education (MOE) Work Plan Seminar on 22 September by the Minister for Education, Mr Heng Swee Keat.

A. Masterplan of Awards

The MoA recognises schools’ efforts in providing students with a holistic education, and serves to provide schools with a systematic framework to chart their own progress through benchmarking and continuous improvement.

The MoA consists of the School Excellence Award and School Distinction Award, as well as six other awards, namely the Best Practice Award, Special Awards, Outstanding Development Award, Sustained Achievement Award, Development Award and Achievement Award.

The award recipients are schools that have attained achievements in various areas, including those with exemplary processes as well as excellent outcomes in both academic and non-academic areas. Achievement Award and Development Award are given to schools to affirm their achievements in certain domains, while the Sustained Achievement Award, Outstanding Development Award, Best Practice Award and Special Awards recognise schools for their sustained excellence in specific areas. The School Excellence Award and School Distinction Award recognise schools’ holistic efforts in establishing outstanding education processes and obtaining excellent outcomes.

School Excellence Award

The School Excellence Award recognises schools for their excellence in both education processes and outcomes. It serves as a mark of distinction for schools that have sustained achievements in a wide spectrum of student development processes.

This year, the two new recipients of the School Excellence Award are Anglo-Chinese Junior College and Singapore Chinese Girls’ School. Two schools also had their awards renewed. They are River Valley High School and Victoria Junior College.

School Distinction Award

The School Distinction Award recognises high-achieving schools with exemplary school processes and practices. The school that had its award renewed is Nan Hua High School. There is no new recipient for the School Distinction Award this year.

The lists of recipients of the School Excellence Award and School Distinction Award are at Annex A1 and Annex A2 respectively.

Special Award—Lee Kuan Yew National Education Award (LKY NE Award)

The LKY NE Award recognises schools that have excelled in their national education efforts in developing a strong sense of national identity and social responsibility in our students. Each year, up to 2 award recipients2 of the Outstanding Development Award for National Education are selected for the LKY NE Award.

The recipients for LKY NE Award for 2011 are:

  • Telok Kurau Primary School
  • Raffles Institution
Special Award—Lee Hsien Loong Award for Innovations in Normal Course (LHL AIN)

The LHL AIN recognises schools whose innovative practices have led to significant benefits in the all-round development of students in the Normal (Academic) and Normal (Technical) courses. These schools would have innovated in teaching and learning, school management and organisation as well as student development. Each year, up to 2 schools are recognised under this award.

The recipients for LHL AIN for 2011 are:

  • Kranji Secondary School
  • St. Andrew’s Secondary School

The honour roll for Special Awards is listed at Annex B.

Best Practice Award (BPA)

The BPA recognises schools for their effective practices and systems that lead to good education outcomes in both academic and non-academic areas. There are 3 categories3 for the BPA—Student All-Round Development, Staff Well-Being, and Teaching and Learning.

This year, 20 BPA are awarded to 9 schools (Annex C1). The breakdown is as follows:

  • 7 schools receive BPA for Student All-Round Development
  • 5 schools receive BPA for Teaching and Learning
  • 8 schools receive BPA for Staff Well-Being

The list of BPA recipients is at Annex C2.

Development and Outstanding Development Award (National Education)

National Education (NE) is an important part of the education process. It provides the knowledge, experience and tools for our students to know and understand Singapore, acquire a well-founded confidence about the Singaporean way of life, and critically think about how they can shape Singapore’s future.

The NE Awards recognise schools for their NE efforts. There are two levels of attainment for the NE Awards: Development Award and Outstanding Development Award. The attainment of the level of award depends on how well a school meets the evaluation criteria.

This year, 8 schools are conferred the Outstanding Development Award for National Education. They are:

Primary Schools
  • MacPherson Primary School
  • Princess Elizabeth Primary School
  • Telok Kurau Primary School
Secondary Schools
  • Crescent Girls’ School
Junior Colleges/Centralised Institute
  • Anglo-Chinese Junior College
Mixed Level Schools
  • National Junior College
  • Raffles Institution
  • Singapore Chinese Girls’ School

The 2011 recipients of the Development Award and Outstanding Development Award are at Annex D1. The list of recipients for the latter is at Annex D2.

Development and Outstanding Development Award (Character Development)

The goal of education is to nurture the whole child, including his/her character. Character development is the teaching of values and social and emotional competencies. It is also about providing opportunities for students to demonstrate behaviour consistent with the values taught.

The Development Award for Character Development recognises schools that have put in place systems and processes for the effective development of students’ character. The Outstanding Development Award for Character Development recognises schools with innovative, sustainable and exemplary approaches to character development.

This year, 8 schools are presented with the Outstanding Development Award for Character Development. The recipients are:

Primary School
  • Princess Elizabeth Primary School
Secondary School
  • Northlight School
  • St. Andrew’s Secondary School
Junior Colleges/Centralised Institute
  • Anglo-Chinese Junior College
  • Jurong Junior College
Mixed Level Schools
  • Catholic High School
  • National Junior College
  • Raffles Institution

The list of 2011 recipients of the Development Award and Outstanding Development Award for Character Development is at Annex D1. The list of recipients for the latter is at Annex D2.

Sustained Achievement Award

The Sustained Achievement Award (SAA) recognises schools’ ability in sustaining good outcomes over a number of years, in five areas: Academic Value-Added, Aesthetics, CHERISH4, Sports and Uniformed Group. Schools that receive an Achievement Award in the same category over three consecutive years are awarded the SAA.

This year, a total of 267 schools will be presented with the SAAs. Table 1 shows the number of schools that receive the SAAs in the respective categories. Details of the 2011 SAA recipients for the Academic Value-Added domain and SAA recipients for Aesthetics, CHERISH, Sports and Uniformed Group are at Annex E1 and Annex E2 respectively.

Main Level Academic Value-Added Aesthetics CHERISH5 Sports Uniformed Group
Junior College Normal Special / Express
Primary - - - 109 - 68 -
Secondary - 5 18 9 - 54 104
JC / CI 2 - - 8 - 3 -
Mixed6 - - 5 9 - 20 6
All 2 5 23 135 - 145 110

B. School Achievement Tables: A Holistic Approach

The School Achievement Tables provide a broad picture of schools’ performance, capturing their achievements in both academic and non-academic domains. These comprise the:

  • School Excellence Award and School Distinction Award
  • Special Awards (LKY NE Award, LHL AIN)
  • Best Practice Award
  • Outstanding Development Award and Development Award
  • Academic Value-Added Award
  • Sustained Achievement Award for Aesthetics, CHERISH, Sports and Uniformed Group

The 2011 School Achievement Tables for the Special/Express course and the Normal course are at Annex F1 and Annex F2 respectively. The tables display schools in the first 9 bands for the Special/Express course and the first 5 bands for the Normal course. Schools that offer the Integrated Programme and those with small candidature, i.e. fewer than 40 students, are excluded from the tables. The list of schools that are excluded can be found at Annex G1. Annex H1 provides explanation on the tables.

In addition, information on the achievements of schools will be available to the public through the following:

Footnotes:

  1. The MOE Masterplan of Awards was instituted in 1998 as part of the implementation of the School Excellence Model (SEM). The SEM, a framework for school management, emphasises a holistic approach to education with equal focus on processes and outcomes.
  2. One recipient is selected from the Primary School category, while another from the Secondary School/Junior College/Centralised Institute/Mixed Level category.
  3. Best Practice Award for Organisational Effectiveness is no longer included in the MoA (2009) structure.
  4. CHERISH stands for CHampioning Efforts Resulting in Improved School Health.
  5. SAA (CHERISH) is given out biennially as the award is valid for 2 years.
  6. With effect from 2008, Junior Colleges (JCs) that offer the Integrated Programme (IP) are no longer eligible for Academic Value-Added (AVA) awards based on their A-Level performance (starting from the 2007 A-level cohort). The affected JCs include Raffles Institution (JC), Hwa Chong Institution (JC), National JC, Temasek JC and Victoria JC. In addition, the JC sections of Anglo-Chinese School (Independent), Dunman High School and River Valley High School are also similarly ineligible for AVA awards.