Hillside School,established in 1986,is in collaboration with pearson schools, the fastest growing chain of schools in india.A co-educational school,it offers classes from nursery upwords,providing a blend academic,sporting,cultural and artistic activities in a high quality environment.The school itself located amidst residental clustures,comprises a spacious building with modern facilities.These include state-of-the-art classrooms,a laboratory and library,and audio-visual room and art studio,and a playground for sports and recreation.All of which contribute to giving our students a world-class education with lifelong benefits.
THE PEARSON LINEAGE
Pearson is the world’s leading learning company, having a strong presence in consumer publishing and business information. We also provide educational material, technology,
and assessment tools to teachers and students of all ages. With over 40,000 employees, operating in nearly 80 countries, Pearson caters to learners of all ages: from preschool to high school, to professional certification. Our curriculum materials, multi-media learning tools, and testing programmes help educate more than 130 million students across the world. Pearson products are present in over 50,000 schools in the US and 10,000 primary schools in the UK.
THE PEARSON TREE
PEARSON’S PROMISE TO INDIA
Achieve this, we offer products and par tnerships that endeavour to raise literacy levels across the country. Reading is, after all, the basic building block to the realisation of personal potential. We continue to assess and re-assess the oppor tunities we have, and the challenges we face, to intellectually stimulate and inspire people to do more with their lives. Ever y year, we cover more ground. Ever y year, we see our promise set in motion.
To develop future-ready global youth who will enhance society through their scholastic achievements; possess a drive to excel and a compassion and understanding of the complex and uncertain world around them.
To develop students who will:
Achieve the highest academic standards
Grow to be analytical and critical thinkers
Become compassionate and sensitive leaders
A safe and nurturing school environment that supports and encourages life-long learning
Teachers who are professionally proficient and passionate educators
What constructs a well-structured teaching module? An effective pedagogy. Pedagogy is the science of teaching or education. At Pearson, our pedagogy focuses on ‘how’ teaching and learning occur. We use an array of teaching strategies that include direct instruction, collaborative learning and inquiry based learning. Ultimately, we aim to blend consistency and variety in teaching methods by combining established learning theories with innovative practices and programmes. All of which help students to improve their learning outcomes and achieve their full potential.
Our teaching and learning theories are based on proven educational practices. At the same time, they are adapted to the contemporary and innovative methods gaining popularity across the globe today. We use cognitive, emotional, and environmental influences to help students absorb, process and retain information more effectively. We also make it a point to include a wide variety of experiential and visual approaches.
Our teaching methodologies are outcome-centric. This helps identify the progress students make after a specific learning activity, determining the gap between their existing learning condition and their desired learning state, while providing better direction to the planning of all learning activities.
A LEARNER CENTRIC FOCAL POINT
The delivery mechanisms followed by Pearson for school curricula are learner centric in order to make measurable impacts on students’ lives. Some of the learning outcomes we aim for are:
Proficiency in subjects like English, Math and Science, according to benchmarks set by national standards
The ability to think critically and analytically
Familiarity with technology
The development of 21st century skills such as communication, collaboration, leadership, personal and social responsibility
In order to create a sustainable learning approach, we combine our core and supplementary curricula through board-prescribed content and innovative learning approaches; contemporary teaching techniques and special programmes and examples from everyday life to develop students’ understanding beyond textbooks.
Our technology based learning solutions help developing skills specific to the 21st century, encouraging active engagement with the text, as well as conceptual, lateral and innovative thinking.
A personalised, degital table-based learning solution. loaded with Degitally, Pearson's award-winning multimedia-enabled teaching tool, it can be used by student in school and at home.
A multi-media based learning solution that combines state-of-the-art hardware with syllabi compliant content, customised to suit the syllabi offered by K-12 schools. As a result,traditional blackboard-and-chalk classrooms are transformed into interactive ones,making learning come alive for students.
A CHILD-FRIENDLY LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
Classrooms are designed to cater to the specific needs of students of all ages, providing them with a sense of security and consistency. Whether they are in kindergarten, middle school or high school, we ensure an environment tailor-made for their needs.
The schools provide expansive playgrounds as well as a well-constructed sporting area ideal for a variety of games. As a result, there is both space and provision for all kinds of sport, as well as indoor games.
All our schools have a well-stocked library that includes periodicals, journals, magazines, newsletters, fiction, reference books and encyclopaediae. The library also offers integrated
learning programmes that include phonics for pre-primary levels and literary classics for older students.
INNOVATIVE IN-CLASS PRACTICES
Our teachers encourage learning beyond the prescribed curriculum by conducting various programmes and techniques to create a better classroom environment. Some of these tools include:
The Class Pyramid
Students who have shown merit in academics, co-curricular activities or social conduct, are given a place in a ‘class pyramid’. It essentially depicts the collective efforts and achievements of a class, and inspires students to work harder through healthy competition.
We believe that group activities help children to develop their communication skills and improve their interpersonal relationships. Collaborative learning techniques are used to improve team-building skills such as organisation, delegation, negotiation, teamwork, cooperation and leadership.
Circle Time is a social activity that encourages informal yet meaningful discussions in class, allowing students to exchange thoughts and learn from one another. The circle formation in which they sit ensures that each student can see all the other members of their class. We believe that it raises their self-worth while encouraging them to be more open and trusting.
Field trips help deepen a student’s interest in a topic by creating a more hands-on, relevant learning experience. They also benefit teachers by giving them opportunities to generate greater attentiveness to a subject. We schedule many field trips in an academic year; they have proven to be a great asset in the learning process.
Star of the Week
Star of the Week is a reward mechanism that we use to build our student's self-confidence.A student is chosen every week to wear a "star",the student's parents visit the school during that week to share their child's positive attributes with his/her class.Apart from creating healthy self-esteem,this activity also facilitates a strong home-school partnership.
AN OPPORTUNITY TO PLAY A ROLE IN THE LEARNING PROCESS
Parents are methodically appraised of their child’s progress with the help of personal portfolios, while regular Open Houses allow them to directly interact with teachers. They are also involved in the many non-academic events and activities that occur in school, no matter how informal.
The schools record students‘ efforts, progress and achievements. in individual portfolios, integral to assessing their academic journey. These portfolios reveal the skills and understanding of each student, and their growth over a period of time.
EQUAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES FOR EVERY CHILD
No two children have the same abilities. However, it is important that when it comes to opportunities, they are on the same footing; we consciously ensure a uniform and equal environment for all our students.
AN INTERACTIVE RELATIONSHIP WITH PARENTS
We believe that it’s important to ensure that parents benefit in their child’s academic progress as well. This reassures many of their anxieties, creating a comfortable environment for parents, teachers and children to freely interact.
THE EASY TRANSFER OF STUDENTS ACROSS PEARSON’S NETWORK OF SCHOOLS IN INDIA
Re-location is often a difficult time for parents, primarily because of the complexities involved in transferring their child to a different school. However, children transferring between two Pearson Schools will not face the usual difficulties; this is due to a certain uniformity across all Pearson Schools with regard to the syllabus, co-curricular activities and the general environment.
INTERNATIONALLY CERTIFIED TRAINING FOR IMPROVED TEACHING SKILLS
At Pearson Schools, a teacher’s role extends far beyond the classroom. Each teacher is carefully selected after a rigorous selection process that includes tests and interviews. Our teachers are facilitators – they actively participate in initiating and organising unique classroom activities and learning methods. They are specially trained to do so through a series of training programmes. One of these is the In-Service Teaching Programme. It provides solutions to matters related to curricula, content and technology; it develops individual teaching styles; and it helps teachers to assess themselves using feedback from students, colleagues and the management. The In-Service Teaching Programme is certified by Pearson Assured Services, the U.K.’s largest awarding body.
ENABLING A SECURE FUTURE AS FACILITATORS
The CTET (Central Teacher Eligibility Test)
The Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, has entrusted the responsibility of conducting the Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) to the CBSE board. The board follows a strict policy to ensure that the CTET is the minimum qualification required to be appointed as a teacher. The reasons for this are:
To ensure that the best, most qualified teachers feature largely in the recruitment process.
To encourage the founding of more educational institutions that cater to teachers.
To send a positive signal to stakeholders about the importance given by the Government to teaching quality.
The CCE (Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation)
The CCE refers to a system of evaluation that covers all aspects of student development. It has a two-fold agenda: to ensure continuity in general assessments and to monitor behavioural outcomes that result from those assessments. The evaluation covers academic and social outcomes, generic skills, discipline-specific knowledge and inter-personal skills. It not only monitors the students’ progress, it also determines the effectiveness of teaching material and methods.
Our teaching aids consist of well thought out lesson and activity plans to facilitate student interest and engagement. The uniformity of our teaching methodologies across the schools also ensure a uniform learning outcome.
An Optimised Workload
Workloads are carefully planned and divided to ensure teachers are consistently committed to both their work and their students.
Our core curriculum provides students with the knowledge required by the traditional Indian education system. However, we go a step further, using simple techniques to ensure a genuine engagement with taught subjects. Some of these include: innovative lesson plans based on well-researched material, engaging activities and worksheets, regular assessments, remedial tutorials when necessary and finally, formal certification.
Our Pearson Schools Book List is mapped to the National Curriculum framework.
STANDARD LIBRARY PROGRAMME
Programmes such as book reading by authors and book reviews are encouraged in our schools to instil our students with a lifelong reading habit.
TEACHING AIDS KIT
This includes annual plans, lesson plans, activities, and worksheets to ensure a systematic flow of curriculum across the Pearson Schools.
Day-to-day progress by CCE trained teachers and standard assessment tools provide a uniform scale to measure academic performance within schools and between schools.
LIFE SKILLS PROGRAMME
A major part of our core curriculum, this programme ensures that values, morals and ethics are embedded in everything children learn in school.
A structured programme with trained and qualified instructors is followed to identify special talent for participation in inter/intra school activities.
Students are given numerous opportunities to showcase their non-academic talents, including dance, music, art, yoga, dramatics, and more.
Complementary to the core curriculum, this includes innovative and co-scholastic programmes. Its aim is to provide students with additional instruction that will help fulfil their learning potential.
CORE CONCEPT CLARITY THROUGH ICT
Pearson's Digiclass and MXTouch ensure clarity of concepts and better understanding and retension.Each class room is equipped with Digiclass, fueled by pearson's award-winning content.
Math practice is a programme designed to improve student's conceptual understanding of math through commonly available everyday material. This hands-on involvement encourages divergent and lateral thinking and,therefore,innovation in daily life.
Helping both students and parents achieve a better understanding of learning needs,the diagnostic programme identifies academic strengths and weaknesses.The school and family then work together to bridge the gap.
SCIENCE EXPERIMENT AND APPLICATION
Aimed particularly at students from grades 1 to 8, the science experiment programme comprises kits that can be made into working models. The approach is hands-on and activity-based, allowing students to acquire a deeper understanding of the subject.
Grammar Programme uses a natural learning process to improve grammar skills. It comprises worksheets, exercises, speech activities, listening, reading and conversation to help students master the English language.
SPORTS AND PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT
The schools follow a structured curriculum prescribed by the NASPE (National Association of Sports and Physical Education) to identify students with athletic potential, with the help of academies and professionals. In addition, students follow a year-round sport and physical education programme.
LEARNING IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME
The Learning Improvement Programme includes board exam preparation for students of higher classes, especially in cases of special need.
VALUE ADDED CURRICULUM
VALUE ADDED CURRICULUM
In addition to the core and supplementary curricula, Pearson Schools attempts further contribution towards learning outcomes through the value added curriculum. The curriculum comprises a set of innovative programmes for academic, cultural and co-scholastic progress.
The 15 Books Campaign is designed with a simple agenda to encourage students to read more. The campaign has specific guidelines to ensure the creation of a universal reading culture.
Written Expression is a programme specially designed to develop writing skills, encouraging students to collaborate and create original texts, to critically appreciate them and to explore writing as a hobby and possible career option.
EXPERIENTIAL PERFORMING ARTS PROGRAMME /LOCAL FESTIVALS AND ARTS
Schools offer training in contemporary dance, western jazz and tap dances, as well as Indian dance forms, based on student requirements. Similarly, children have access to music classes which include the privilege of being taught by experts in that field.
A non-profit, voluntary movement to promote Indian classical music and culture, the objectives of SPIC MACAY are to assist the exchange of traditional values, familiarise children with
cultural heritage, and to draw cultural and aesthetic awareness into mainstream education. SPIC MACAY is currently present in over 1000 academic institutions, holding at least 2000 events a year in 150 Indian cities and 50 cities abroad.
21st CENTURY SKILLS
Twenty first century
21st Century Skills Programme emphasises the goal of finding suitable employment and acquiring the skills necessary to help students succeed in the job market of their chosen field of occupation.
English Language and Communication Skills
A personalised English Language Enhancement Tool Provides individual coaching for every student through a digital "coach" to improve the communication skills of our students.
Students are taught how design, construct, programme and manoeuvre a robot. This helps improve cognitive growth and deepens the understanding of fundamental math and science concepts
Students are provided with accurate and up-to-date information and guidance about career opportunities, chances to study abroad and competitive exams. So than they can make the right choice when it comes to life after school.
An inter-school talent search organised for performing and visual arts, as well as sports. This also features MUN, the popular Mock UN event addressing many social issues.
Aimed at children between Nursery and Grade V, Young Champs is an event looked forward to all year round. It comprises competitive sports and other games – helping children associate health and fitness with having a good time.
Hungama is an annual Pearson event that takes the form of a fun festival or a fete. Taking place around Children’s Day every year. This is a rare opportunity for children to plan and organise their own activities and events. On this day, rules and regulations are relaxed, and the notion of childhood itself is celebrated with carnival-like fervour.
An annual event that acts as an inter-school platform, Tirangaa allows children to showcase their literary, artistic, and musical talents. The event revolves around a specific theme, often with a national connotations. It gives children an insight into Indian culture,seamlessly integrating learning with fun.
Our monthly interschool newsletter containing information and photographs of the activities taking place across all the schools.
Home School Link
A bi-annual newsletter in the form of a page document that keeps parents updated on school activities.
PEARSON's RULE OF SAFETY
Pearson’s Rule Of Safety
Fire evacuation drills conducted twice a year
Evacuation plan displayed in all classrooms
Trained fire wardens to fight fire & assist children in evacuation
Trained first aiders to help unwell/ injured children
Health & Safety Committee
Comprises the Principal & two senior teachers to regularly monitor the health and safety of students
‘Suggestion/Complaint Box’ to ensure that the concerns of students will be addressed by the Principal on a daily basis
A Children’s Protection Committee comprising the Principal, a parent, the Head Boy/Girl and school administrator to ensure the protection of students
Children’s movement outside classrooms monitored by teachers
Security sentry at all gates
No unsupervised interaction between children & visitors within school campus
Parents/visitors entry restricted to the office area
All children and parents issued with a school ID card
Parents to show ID card to enter school and collect children from school/ bus drop point for Grades I to V
School ID card worn by all school staff while at school
ID cards valid for one academic year only
School campus under CCTV surveillance
Children’s movement outside classroom recorded and reviewed
Safety on Buses
Buses fitted with specified speed governors
Fire extinguishers and first aid kits present on every bus
Children looked after by trained lady attendants
Provisions for GPS tracking and SMS updates to parents
Optimum number of children in every bus
PARNET TEACHER CONNECT
PARENT ORIENTATION PROGRAMMES
Our parent orientation programmes aim to connect teachers with the parents of children about to join pre-primary, primary, middle and high school. These programmes are a unique opportunity to familiarise parents with the academic year ahead. They include explanations about examination patterns, extracurricular activities, required parental support and more.