Merchant Taylors’ Receive International School Award
Merchant Taylors’ School has been awarded the Intermediate level of the British Council’s prestigious International School Award in recognition of its work to bring the world into the classroom.
The International School Award celebrates the achievements of schools that do exceptional work in international education. 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 for life work in today’s world.
Merchant Taylors’ international work includes Year 10 and Year 11 students engaging in an exchange programme with our Shanghai partner school. By doing so, they either did some enhanced Mandarin lessons or researched for school lives in China. After the trip, the students have reflected on their experiences and hosted an assembly to share their learning with the whole school.
John Rolfe MBE, Schools Outreach Manager at the British Council, said: ‘Merchant Taylors’ international work has earned the school well-deserved recognition in the form of the British Council International School Award – Intermediate Certificate. The British Council International School Award celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and we are very proud of the great international work it has supported and shared.
Many thanks to everyone at the school, for all their commitment to developing international work and sharing great classroom practice and resources. This is enriching education for its pupils; and their excellent collaborative projects with partner schools overseas are bringing the world into their classrooms. This is key support for the development of skills young people increasingly need to be the globally aware citizens of the future.
Embedding an international ethos across a school can lead to full International School Award accreditation and schools looking to join this supporting and engaging network should contact us at the British Council”.
The award is now available worldwide in countries such as India, Greece, Egypt, Lebanon, Nigeria, and Pakistan. The International School Award encourages and supports schools to develop:
• An international ethos embedded throughout the school
• A whole school approach to international work
• Collaborative curriculum-based work with a number of partner schools
• Year-round international activity
• Involvement of the wider community
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