Maple Leaf Educational Systems (Maple Leaf) and the National Recognition Information Centre for the United Kingdom (UK NARIC) have signed a three-year curriculum analysis, assessment, bench-marking agreement entitled Independent Review and Benchmarking Analysis of the Maple Leaf World Schools Program. As Maple Leaf develops and implements its Grade 10-12 World Schools Curriculum, UK-NARIC will be assessing and benchmarking Maple Leaf’s World Schools Curriculum with UK A-Level and other world recognized curricula. This independent analysis will assist Maple Leaf to ensure that its World Schools Curriculum is of world standard as it implements grade 10 in the 2020-21 school year, grade 11 in 2021-2022 and grade 12 in 2022-23.
UK NARIC is the designated national agency in the United Kingdom for the benchmarking of curricula and recognition of international qualifications and skills. It is a national agency with global reach, an important world reference point for qualifications. UK NARIC has 1,000 organizational members across 62 countries. Collectively, these members have 17,000 personnel using UK-NARIC online data and resources to select and recruit qualifying candidates for work and study. UK NARIC’s database of international qualifications is the largest anywhere, with over 4,000 qualifications from more than 200 countries, which includes curricula comparisons and bench-marking, and it is now extending to cutting-edge grade comparisons data for an expanding number of countries.
UK NARIC’s CEO, Dr. Cloud Bai-Yun commented, “We are delighted to be working with Maple Leaf Educational Systems, an important international schools group currently serving 40,000+ students globally. It is a vote of confidence that Maple Leaf has chosen UK NARIC to independently benchmark its developing curriculum. UK NARIC’s benchmarking and international comparisons are respected worldwide. The evaluation work that we are about to begin with Maple Leaf’s course development and enhancement will maximise the progression opportunities and global mobility of Maple Leaf students. More and more international education providers, awarding bodies, and national governments are choosing UK NARIC as their global reference point for their qualifications. Independent benchmarking of curricula, of the kind we are doing with Maple Leaf, is a fast-growing part of UK NARIC’s work, with client organisations spanning many countries.””
Maple Leaf’s Chair and CEO, Dr. Sherman Jen stated, “This agreement with UK NARIC is a great step forward for Maple Leaf to ensure the high standard of Maple Leaf’s World Schools Curriculum. This curriculum review and benchmarking will be another important quality indicator to assure students, parents, universities and the public of the high standard of the Maple Leaf World Schools Curriculum.”
Maple Leaf’s Superintendent of Global Education, James Beeke observed, “UK NARIC’s benchmarking coupled with current accreditation by Cognia (formerly known as AdvancED) will communicate the high academic standard of Maple Leaf’s World Schools Curriculum globally. Cognia’s USA-based accreditation (Note: Cognia accredits more than 40,000 schools and universities, enrolling more than 20 million students in more than 80 countries), with NARIC’s UK-based standard, will communicate a clear message of Maple Leaf World Schools Curriculum quality to universities world-wide. Currently Maple Leaf has graduated more than 17,000 high school students and they are attending or have attended more than 600 universities in more than 30 countries.”