Rachel Hawkes

International School Award

The prestigious International School Award, managed by the British Council, is awarded in recognition of a school's work to bring the wider world into the classroom.

The International School Award (www.globalgateway.org/isa) seeks to celebrate, develop, recognise and accredit outstanding practice in the international dimensions of teaching and learning. Fostering an international dimension in the curriculum is at the heart of the British Council’s work with schools, so that young people gain the cultural understanding and skills they need to live and work as global citizens.

If you already have at least one partner school abroad and make international links within your school curriculum, it is worth finding out more about this award. It can be an excellent way to encourage teachers from other subject areas to link up with languages too.

To raise the profile of international working in our school, it has worked really well to have an identified International Co-ordinator and a cross-subject International Working Group. At the start of th year it was helpful to do an audit of international work, both in-curriculum and extra-curricular, by subject area. In the year of re-accrediation this audit can form the basis of your action plan. You need to identity 7 international activities that fulfil the criteria laid down by the British Council.