New network for private education institutions to share good practices

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the private education sector can now tap on a new network set up by Spring Singapore.

Through the network, they will have access to a range of resources and programmes, including regular training and discussion sessions where they can learn about new teaching approaches from education leaders and experts. The first session starts in November.

This year, the agency also commissioned a study to identify challenges the sector faces. This was done through surveys, focus groups and interviews with more than 40 local private institutions from February to April. It also visited 21 schools in Britain and the United States to study good practices, from online learning to well-designed spaces.

Addressing 150 people from the education sector at the Education Innovation Reloaded Seminar on Thursday, Spring Singapore's deputy chief executive Ted Tan said that SMEs will play a "greater role" as more Singaporeans look to upgrade themselves. In order to stay relevant, he said that "SMEs will need to invest in content development and innovate in delivery methodologies".