9 facts about the modern Moscow school

Each country has its own ideas about the ideal educational process, the daily routine, the arrangement of the room, and even about ideal lunch. Today we have gathered for you some interesting facts about modern Moscow schools.

  1. We know that the Russian education system is significantly different from education systems in European countries. But as it turned out, educational processes in the capital of Russia, Moscow, are unique, and this experience has not yet been extrapolated even to all Russian schools.
  2. In Russia, children go to school, on average, at the age of 6-7 years. But in Moscow, there is a developed system of pre-school education, designed for children over 3 years old. Most often, Moscow parents decide to enrol a child in such classes after their children reach the age of five.
  3. In Moscow, the educational process is not limited to the walls of schools. We can say that the whole city is a single educational ecosystem. This is facilitated by projects such as the Moscow Schoolchildren’s Saturdays. As part of this project, children, as well as their families, can attend museums, lectures, workshops and training in a variety of different directions every Saturday. There are “Engineering Saturdays”, “Art Saturdays”, “Television Saturdays”, and so on. All you need to participate is to pre-register online.
  4. In the autumn of 2016, in Moscow launched a mega-project “Moscow Electronic School”, which at the moment, after only 3 years, is successfully used by all metropolitan schools. This project is a unified system created for the effective cooperation of teachers, students and their parents. “Electronic diary” and “Electronic journal” allow teachers to design a curriculum and class schedule, as well as create tasks using material from the “Electronic Library” section. The e-library is a cloud-based platform with more than 33,000 ready lesson scripts, hundreds of tutorials, textbooks, literary works, and even lab prototypes. Students also have constant access to electronic versions of textbooks, anthologies and literary works. Parents are also registered in the system, and receive timely information about children’s progress and school attendance, and can also correspond with teachers.
  5. Today in Moscow there are 577 multi-profile complexes in which education is built on the principle of continuity. In general, it can be said that school education in Moscow is built on the ascending system “pre-school education – general education – vocational education”, but also in multidisciplinary centres the structure of supplementary education is developed. It is the right combination of these four elements that allow students to achieve excellent results when entering universities, at Olympiads and various competitions.
  6. Moscow school children also have the opportunity to test their knowledge completely free of charge in the format of the final diagnostic work at any convenient time. All they need to do is to register on the My Achievement service. They also need a computer, tablet, or even a phone. Diagnostics takes place in the PISA and PIRLS format, and more than 750 options for diagnostic work are available to students in total.
  7. Since 2018, knowledge diagnostics in the VR format has also been introduced in Moscow. The uniqueness of this program is that students do not perceive this test as control of knowledge and successfully pass all stages of diagnosis. Such VR labs are mobile, and any school can apply for this type of diagnosis.
  8. It is considered that by the age of 14 the child is already ready to choose a profession. Therefore, in 2015, preprofessional classes were introduced for pupils of 8–9 classes in Moscow, after which children enter the already specialized 10 and 11 classes. In this project, Moscow schools are integrators of all possible resources of the city to help students master various activities. Today, together with leading Moscow universities and schools, schools are training students in such areas as engineering, medicine, science, and science and technology. For example, in medical classes, students develop skills in special laboratories, where there are medical simulators and mannequins, organ layouts and first aid equipment.
  9. Due to the introduction of a new educational system, pupils of Moscow schools from year to year show more and more impressive results both domestically and at international Olympiads and competitions. For example, according to the international research PIRLS, in 2016 Moscow fourth-graders showed the highest results among more than 200,000 children from different 60 countries.

You can get acquainted with some innovations of the Moscow educational system at the Bett Educar event in Brazil. For example, visitors will be able to look at how pre-vocational classes in Moscow schools are arranged and equipped with the help of virtual reality glasses. Certainly, European educational organizations will be able to appreciate the experience of Moscow, and maybe even take note of something.

International Moscow Forum “City of Education” is one of the most significant events in the world of metropolitan education. The main objective of the forum is the exchange of experience in the development of various stages of the educational process, as well as the opportunity to demonstrate the latest educational technologies, resources and equipment. With all the latest innovations and advanced educational technologies will be available at the next forum “City of Education”, which will be held in Moscow from August 29 to September 1, 2019.

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