INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS AWARD INFO
The International Schools Award is a programme run by The British Council, an organisation that promotes international studies and cross-cultural exchanges. The ISA can be accessed at several different levels: Foundation, Intermediate, Accreditation and Reaccreditation. Woodside Academy became an Accredited International School in 2015. We are in a process of gaining Reaccreditation. The best place to go to find out more details as to how to apply for and obtain International Schools status is the British Council Schools Online International School Award webpage here.
An element of the reaccreditation process is to work at promoting the International Schools Award for other schools and to support other schools' applications for International Schools status through The British Council schools award scheme. In addition, Woodside Academy welcomes enquiries from schools seeking the ISA and is very happy to offer examples and advice for projects and ideas to support successful applications. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you are interested in gaining the International Schools Award - we'd be delighted to help!
The first thing you will need is an International Schools Policy and an International Schools Coordinator. It is really helpful if the whole school - staff, pupils, parents and governors - is willing to embrace an international approach and ethos and that the ISA Coordinator is given opportunities to organise training and planning meetings where everyone's ideas, resources and international contacts and links can be shared. The British Council International Schools' Online webpages provide excellent resources to support initial action plans and applications. It also provides ideas, templates and exemplars to assist schools to develop their own international dimension.
The British Council Schools' Online website also offers a range of resources to support schools to find international partner schools, also a key element in applying for the International Schools Award. This is a useful page here.