Nottingham engages with International School Award

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Figures released by The British Council place Nottingham in the top 10 per cent of Local Authorities engaging with the International School Award.

The International School Award  is an accreditation scheme for curriculum-based international work in schools. Sixty city schools are registered for the award, with varying levels of engagement ranging from Registered, Foundation, Intermediate to the Full award.

The International School Award (ISA) supports schools to develop and embed an international ethos and help pupils develop skills such as critical thinking and relating their own experiences and knowledge to wider issues and challenges for society such as poverty, conflict and environmental change.

The award is made up of curriculum-based work across a range of subjects and involvement of the wider community developing school links supported or identified by the community such as inviting community members to share their skills and traditions with pupils.

The award also supports schools to deliver on the Sustainable School agenda which is working towards all schools becoming models of good global citizenship, enriching their educational mission with activities that improve the lives of people living in other parts of the world (by 2020).

Fifteen city schools have been awarded FULL ISA status since the scheme was established. These schools have developed an international policy and action plan and have appointed an international coordinator who oversees activities with an international / global theme across the school curriculum. They have also submitted evidence of collaboration with schools abroad and undertaken rigorous evaluation of the work they have carried out throughout the year. The school also submits a portfolio of evidence for assessment.

Councillor David Mellen, Portfolio Holder for Children's Services said: 'The international dimension should be a part of every school's curriculum as it fits in with agendas such as Every Child Matters and Community Cohesion in how it supports positive learning across schools and develops greater understanding of each other's cultures.

"The award provides recognition for teachers and their schools working to raise awareness on global issues amongst its pupils. We must continue the good work and encourage other schools to come on board to ensure that all Nottingham City's pupils are equipped with the necessary skills and experiences to become Global citizens."

Bev Milner, International Dimension Consultant added: "Our success is down to the enthusiasm and commitment from our schools and the ongoing work between Nottingham City Council and local, regional, national and international partners to ensure that our schools benefit from training opportunities which support the ISA accreditation process. Our continued membership of funded networks is vital in supporting the engagement of schools in the ISA process in the future."