ISA Activities

The British Council

The British Council is the United Kingdom’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. The British Council creates international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and builds trust between them worldwide.

The British Council In India

In ten cities across India The British Council continually works towards creating opportunities for young people to develop new skills, become better qualified, introduce an international dimension to their learning or profession, and develop a better understanding of other cultures.

The British Council International School Award (ISA)

  • The British Council International School Award (ISA) is a benchmarking scheme that accredits schools as having an outstanding level of support for:
      • Nurturing global citizenship in young people
      • Enriching teaching and learning
  • International School Award recognises and celebrates exemplary practices of internationalism in schools.

Why partner with a school?

Partnership

  • Partnerships at any level help to inject excitement into your classroom and provide opportunities to share best practice principle from across the world.

Having a partner school can:

  • Offer fresh perspectives on the world outside your immediate community.
  • Give an insight into what it is like to live in another country.
  • Help challenge preconceptions and explore themes surrounding identity and belonging.
  • Enlighten on the effects of a diverse population in our modern, globalised world.
  • Learn about countries that are more diverse.
  • Increase cultural awareness within your class.
  • Help teach your class about global issues in a safe, stable environment.

Attributes

  • It has a positive impact on not just the students, but also the teachers and school in entirety.
  • It is a leadership challenge and fosters teambuilding, innovation, and project management.

Virtual Partnership

  • Having found a partner school, the schools can agree what they want to work on together and can collaborate on projects together, for example relating to language learning, sustainability, fair trade or cultural identity. There are lots of tools available for the schools to use to help their partnership flourish.
  • Help your students challenge to stereotypes.
  • Develop ICT skills within the classroom.
  • Improve language skills with schools across the world.
  • Provide ample opportunities to learn about the different dialects of a language.
  • Foster long-lasting relationships with teachers across the world.
  • Have opportunities to take part in school exchanges.
  • Learn more about teaching methods from across the world.
  • Qualify to apply for professional development courses such as teaching the Connecting Classrooms core skills.
  • Have the chance to gain awards and recognition for your international education work.
  • Feed into your school’s curriculum relating to international partnerships.