British Council International School Award success for Delce Academy

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Delce Academy in Rochester 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.

Delce Academy’s international work includes developing links with schools in China, France and Uganda, culminating in a joint trip to Boulogne with a French partner school. Additionally, some pupils are part of an after-school club, Global Explorers, which enables pupils to develop as global citizens by investigating a number of global themes. In January 2014, all pupils at Delce Academy took part in a week of global citizenship activities, which involved a day in vertically-mixed groups. The groups had to elect a leader, create a country and trade with other groups in order to complete a range of tasks.

On hearing the news that Delce Academy had received the Award, Laura Budd, class teacher and staff member responsible for the International Schools Award, said: ‘I am thrilled that we have been awarded the full accreditation of the Award. The past year has provided numerous opportunities for the pupils and staff to collaborate on several global themes; it has brought about new experiences for pupils and staff alike. Everyone has worked together as a team to ensure the success of the activities so it is great to have been recognised in this way. Pupils still talk enthusiastically about the ‘Frontier Day’ in January; it has proved to be a memorable learning experience for the school community. Over the next three years, we will be enriching our international work by focusing on increasing the impact on our local community.’

John Rolfe, from the British Council, said: ‘The school’s fantastic international work has rightfully earned it this prestigious award. The International School Award is a great chance for schools to demonstrate the important work they’re doing to bring the world into their classrooms. Adding an international dimension to children’s education ensures that they are truly global citizens and helps prepare them for successful future careers in an increasingly global economy.’

2013/14 saw more than 500 schools receive International School Award accreditation. This includes a wide range of schools from a variety of different backgrounds and areas across the UK. The British Council hopes to build on this success throughout 2014

The Award is now available worldwide in countries such as India, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Lebanon, Cyprus, Pakistan and Nigeria as part of the British Council’s Connecting Classrooms programme. Around 5000 International School Awards have been presented to successful schools in the UK since the scheme began in 1999.

The ISA encourages and supports schools to develop:

  • An international ethos embedded throughout the school
  • A majority of pupils within the school impacted by and involved in international work
  • Collaborative curriculum-based work with a number of partner schools
  • Curriculum-based work across a range of subjects
  • Year-round international activity
  • Involvement of the wider community
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