What is CIE (CAIE)


King’s College India has chosen to affiliate itself with Cambridge International Examinations board (CIE) for one simple reason. It is the leader in British Education overseas. Below is a brief summary of what it is.

CIE encompass many aspects of education, from curriculum, assessment, training and research.

Cambridge programmes prepare students for life – helping them to develop an informed curiosity and lasting passion for learning.

Cambridge helps students become confident, responsible, reflective, innovative and engaged. Ready to tackle the demands of tomorrow’s world, capable of shaping a better world for the future.

That’s why success with Cambridge opens doors to the world’s best universities – in the US, the UK, Australia, Canada and beyond.

It’s what you’d expect from an organisation that is part of the world-leading University of Cambridge.

There is a Cambridge Primary curriculum framework for each subject – English, English as a second language, mathematics and science – providing a clear teaching structure. Many schools use the integrated assessments to monitor learners’ progress.

Cambridge Lower Secondary offers schools a flexible curriculum that can be developed to suit their needs. There is a curriculum framework for each subject – English, English as a second language, mathematics and science – providing a clear teaching structure. Many schools use the integrated assessments to monitor learners’ progress.

For learners, Cambridge IGCSE (International General Certificate in Secondary Education) helps improve performance by developing skills in creative thinking, enquiry and problem solving. It is the perfect springboard to advanced study.

There are over 70 subjects available at Cambridge IGCSE, including 30 languages, and schools can offer them in any combination. Cambridge IGCSE develops learner knowledge, understanding and skills in:

  • Subject content
  • Applying knowledge and understanding to new as well as unfamiliar situations
  • Intellectual enquiry
  • Flexibility and responsiveness to change
  • Working and communicating in English
  • Influencing outcomes
  • Cultural awareness.

We help schools to build a Cambridge Advanced curriculum that brings success for learners. The syllabuses prepare learners for university study, which is why universities worldwide value and recognise Cambridge International AS & A Level qualifications.

Cambridge International AS (Advanced Subsidiary) & A (Advanced) Level develops learners’ knowledge, understanding and skills in:

  • In-depth subject content
  • Independent thinking
  • Applying knowledge and understanding to new as well as familiar situations
  • Handling and evaluating different types of information source
  • Thinking logically and presenting ordered and coherent arguments
  • Making judgements, recommendations and decisions
  • Presenting reasoned explanations, understanding implications and communicating them logically and clearly
  • Working and communicating in English.

A helpful parent brochure is available here for more information.


You will note that some subjects are not offered by CIE and for these KCI follows the National Curriculum of England – which will be explained in a further blog.

Kings College India 2018 Sports Day

On March 8th we held our the Kings College India 2018 Sports Day and it was a truly enjoyable Day.

It was lovely to witness a whole school event with EYFS having their very own event in the Central Plaza with Standards 4-9 and later 1-3 running their events on the sports field.

Parents who could attend also got very involved and this gave it a real school community feel to the day. It was especially nice to have the Mothers race which coincidentally took place on the same day as International Women’s Day.

There are many benefits to having a school sports day and these include:

  • Physical health and development (Increase stamina, strengthen bones, maintain healthy weight, motor skills, coordination, release excess energy!)
  • Emotional well-being, (Less selfish, develop a sense of achievement and self-esteem)
  • Respect (for others and self)
  • Social Skills such as learning to lose (and win), (relieve stress and anxiety, patience)
  • Develops  dedication

Apart from the benefits listed above, there is very strong research emerging proving a significant correlation between exercise and cognitive ability (Intelligence).

This research* clearly indicates that exercise can be of great importance for the improvement of cognitive health during childhood and this may extend throughout one’s adult lifespan.  The research also shows that Secondary school students who did more exercise and sport (7 or more hours per week) had higher grade averages than those who did little exercise and sport. It also suggests that exercise in childhood might increase the resilience of the brain later in life, resulting in what is called cognitive reserve (the mind’s resilience to brain neurological damage).  

Further outcomes are are showing that exercise has a huge impact on education, learning and cognitive ability however, it is interesting to note that, although schools around the world are reducing their PE offerings in favour of more classroom seat time, there is no evidence that reduction of PE improves a child’s academic performance.

Much of the above benefits applies to other activities as well  – which reminds me, don’t forget the Midsummer Night’s Dream performance being given by our students on 15th March! See you there.


A new beginning

It is with enormous pride that I take up the role of Headmaster at King’s College India.

As I look back thus far on my career in education that has taken me on an exciting journey from Kenya, to Thailand, Spain to Italy, Kuwait to China, I can’t help but feel that the skills I have gained and the experiences I have had are a perfect match for the current stage of growth at King’s College India.

First week at the school
First week at the school

In the last two weeks I have been at King’s College India, I end each day not only excited by the possibilities and the journey that is to come but I am extremely impressed with the incredible warmth of the school community and the amazing progress it has made. Mr. Brendan Canavan must be commended for achieving such a warm and welcoming school. Mr. Canavan and have been working closely, even before my arrival, to ensure a seamless transition in our roles.

In the weeks to come I will be presenting to you several initiatives that focus on improved communication with this Headmaster’s blog being one of them. In future blogs I will be covering many aspects of education as varied as -what is a British Education? Cognitive Neuroscience of Music, Aspects of Language Acquisition, Growth Mindset, Holistic Education, Active learning, The shape of Education in an Exponentially Changing World, The Importance of Warm-Heartedness and much more. You will discover over the weeks, links between how we educate your child and the topics presented above.

I look forward to working in partnership with all parents in providing the children in our care, with the very British in Education at King’s College India.


Dr Nick Duggan

Parents’ Role in Their Child’s Learning

Parents can contribute enormously to their children’s education and although how we contribute will change over time as our children grow, one thing remains constant: We are our children’s models. Our attitudes about education can inspire theirs and show them how they can take charge of their own learning.

Here are some tips to help you support your child:

1) Be a role model for learning

Parents are the first teachers children have. The parent can show how school extends learning at home and how exciting it can be.

2) Pay attention to what your child loves

Is your child a talker or is he shy? Find out what interests your child

3) Try an understand how your child learns 

Does your child like visual or tactile prompts, is she most focused when listening?

4) Set aside time to read together

Read to your child (older children too!) There is nothing better for your child or more fun than spending time this way.

5) Make connections with what your child is learning at school every day

Respond to your child’s questions, for example, when cooking, do the measuring together. Listen to your child’s ideas.

 6) Help your child take charge of his or her learning

Help your child be responsible for his/her learning – don’t provide an external reward for learning.

7) Keep TV to a minimum

TV controls the agenda and prevents children from developing their own interests. Unstructured time helps children develop interests and passions.

8) Try and learn something new yourself

This is a great way to model learning for your child.


Although the above is just a summary, I hope it affirms in some ways how you are already support your child’s learning and perhaps stimulates ideas as to how or how you could do more.