International Schools Award
The International Schools Award is managed by the British Council and provides a framework for schools to forge links with partner schools around the world, enhance their curriculum and prepare students for life as global citizens.
The International Schools Award is managed by the British Council and provides a framework for schools to forge links with partner schools around the world, enhance their curriculum and prepare students for life as global citizens. The award has three certified levels: Foundation; Intermediate and Accreditation. In January 2015 the school was awarded the intermediate certificate, followed by the full award in June 2015. To achieve the full award, the school had to provide evidence of embedding international learning in the school and curriculum. We also had to work with an international partner schools on a range of projects and share educational practice.
The school which we partnered with for the award was The British School in New Delhi, India. This is an international school following the iGCSE and IB curriculums. We worked on projects from global issues during registrations, economics and maths. Some of the projects involved collaborative planning and delivery by the teachers and a sharing of work afterwards. Students really appreciated the different perspectives their peers in India had about the same topics. We plan to sustain these relationships and extend the partnership to other subject areas.
An audit, of the opportunities that our students are given to widen, deepen and develop an international perspective, showed an impressive range of opportunities we offered. These ranged from assemblies, fundraising activities, trips, teaching, project work to name but a few. There are a few subject areas in school where Internationalism is embedded into the schemes of work, where students are given the chance to research and discuss different cultures, economies and perspectives. A number of departments were involved in delivering projects and activities with students, which contributed to the award, including geography, PCS, RE, maths, economics and English. We hope to continue offer opportunities to develop internationalism in our students supporting them to become more tolerant, independent, open-minded, reflective and principled global citizens.