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International School Award Success

British Council International School Award success for Churchtown Primary School

Churchtown Primary has been awarded the British Council’s prestigious International School Award in recognition of its work to bring the world into the classroom.

The International School Award is a badge of honour for schools that do outstanding work in international education, such as through links with partner schools overseas. 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.

Mrs Trees will be collecting the award in London on Monday 14th November 2016.

Churchtown's international work includes The Rugby World Cup - Year 4 French Bears Project shared with our French and New Zealand partner schools - Our Early Years Forest School work shared with our partner schools - Our Journeys of Belonging, looking at each child's place in the World. - A Celebration of our Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Learning - Connecting with and listening to our pupils, looking at their responsibilities as part of the School Council, sports ambassadors and all other important roles within school. - Let the Games Begin, our whole school Road to Rio project. - Blitz and Peaces .

 

Dear International Coordinator,

Thank you for submitting your Impact Evaluation of international learning activities. We are delighted to inform you that Churchtown Primary School has been successful in gaining Accreditation of the International School Award and is accredited for three years from 1 September 2016 to 31 August 2019.

Here are the assessor’s comments on your Impact Evaluation, to highlight where your application was particularly impressive and points to take note of as you continue to develop the international dimension in your school:

This is a very enthusiastic and inspiring Impact Evaluation from Churchtown Primary School, which clearly demonstrates that the school has international learning at the core of its curriculum. As well as working with two local secondary schools , you have six international partner schools in Europe, Asia, Australasia and Africa, with whom you collaborate on a range of topics, including languages. All pupils are involved in at least three activities that cover most of the year. You have shown that the school meets the criteria for the International School Award and I am pleased to recommend Churchtown Primary School for the Accreditation level of the International Schools Award. Some of your partnerships are in the early stages of collaboration, but show great promise in your joint enthusiasm to develop mutually meaningful and sustainable collaborative projects. You have created a sound basis for discussing global themes, such as - conflict and reconciliation - sustainable development goals and fairness and equality in future projects with your partners. This would further develop pupils on both sides as active global citizens by hearing about the reality of such issues from the direct experiences of pupils in partner schools and making comparisons. You could also develop your partnerships with Spain and France and your new partnership with China to further support your plans for building up language learning. It is to be commended that you have staff professional development at the forefront of your future plans, and your Erasmus + KA1 training grant should enable you to achieve your ambitious future plans for international learning and make them more sustainable by sharing the drive and extending the expertise amongst others. I was particularly impressed with the way that your activities are developmental from one year group to the next, especially in: activity 4  'Our Journeys of Belonging' looking at aspects of belonging, diversity, global citizenship, and community at home and around the world; Activity 5 'Open Doors-Open Hands-Open Arms-Open Minds' that sets out how global learning is encompassed in the Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural curriculum across the school and Activity 6 Enable the Listening Line, which develops the pupils ability to make suggestions, take the initiative and lead and influence others. I was also intrigued by the outdoor learning undertaken by Reception children,helping them to be independent and make choices and decisions, in discussion on best practice with partner school teachers in Ghana, New Zealand and France. A great start to their future learning. Your future plans are far-reaching and include aambassadorial role to promote international learning and the International School Award. Congratulations on the enthusiastic work you have been doing and best wishes for your continued success in the future. Well done.

Congratulations on working so hard to co-ordinate such an impressive range of work as the International Co-ordinator. You are a credit to the school and the wider community.