ISA Correspondence

This is the letter we received following our submission for the Intermediate stage of the International Schools Award. We are very proud of it!
 

British Council International School Award

Dear International Co-ordinator,

We are delighted to inform you that Summerhill Primary School has successfully met the criteria for the Intermediate level of the British Council International School Award. Congratulations!

Here are the assessor’s comments on your application. Please read them carefully and take any constructive feedback into account as you progress along your International School Award journey:

" This is a strong application from Summerhill Primary School, which meets the criteria for the Intermediate level. Indeed it almost meets the criteria for full Accreditation for which you plan to apply in 2018-2019! The general information statements at the beginning set out the historical context and the current breadth and ambition in useful and impressive detail. There has been an Erasmus+ KA1 Spanish language course and now a KA2 project with multiple partners. Rights Respecting School and other perspectives are embedded. In well chosen words on the Global Community section of the website ‘Spanish Springs at Summerhill’ but also a great deal more shown in diverse activities, most magnificently for a relatively small but incredibly dynamic school. The assessor was almost overwhelmed. Well done! As you intend, the obvious next step for Summerhill is full Accreditation which should include the submission of an Action Plan in the mid-autumn. This will allow your early proposals to be scrutinised by аn experienced assessor. Full details are available on SchoolsOnline, but briefly three collaborative activities, one focused on Modern Foreign Languages and three others are required, all within 2018-2019. There are many useful ideas for class-to-class activities on https://schoolsonline.britishcouncil.org/find-classroom-resources/ although your Erasmus+ project might already provide more than enough stimulation. In light of the excellence of the Intermediate application the rest of this feedback will pick out a few smaller aspects which make a difference. At this next level we would advise a lengthier description of each of the partners including the dates in which the various schools were linked and the towns they are in. Under your ‘Global community’ tab, possibly renamed ‘international’, there is room for expansion. You could include details of this award, a school international policy and more on the partnerships you have developed, especially Erasmus+. Activities in a 2018-2019 application away from Erasmus+ might include the commemoration of the end of the Great War in November 1918 and a focus on one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals. You could usefully make a sharper distinction between ‘Aims’ and ‘Outcomes’ in each Activities box so that both elements are easier for assessors to identify. Using SchoolsOnLine templates to gather comments from your pupils, staff and parents from the start of new school year will be really useful later on when you are drawing various threads together to write the Impact Evaluation statements. Overall this was a joy to read and assess. "

This is the letter we received in June 2019 to say we had achieved the ISA!!
 

Congratulations on your Accreditation of the International School Award 2019-2022

 

Dear International Co-ordinator,

Thank you for submitting your International School Award Accreditation Impact Evaluation. We are delighted to inform you that it has been approved by our assessors. Congratulations!

Your school is hereby accredited from 1 September 2019 to 31 August 2022. To ensure that there is no gap in your accreditation, you will need to submit your next action plan for reaccreditation in just over 2 years. The actual deadline will be announced on our website nearer the time.

Here are the assessor’s comments on your Impact Evaluation, to highlight where your application was particularly impressive and points to take note of as you continue to develop the international dimension in your school:

"This is a very good impact Evaluation from Summerhill Primary School which has taken learning to the very heart of its teaching and learning. Through eTwinning you have many European partner schools and have some very exciting activities that have taken place as well as planned for the future. You have 10 eligible activities including 6 with joint with partner schools I am happy to approve your application having met the criteria for the Accreditation level of this Award. This is a prestigious year to gain such accreditation as the British Council is celebrating the 20th year of the International Schools Award- Congratulations! The eTwinning and Erasmus+ projects have further enhanced the dimension of your school. The staff are fully committed to include learning in all subject areas throughout the curriculum. Taking pupils to visit your Spanish partner school is invaluable – the learning of the language and culture as well looking at the rights of the child is to be applauded. Well done! I am sure for those pupils involved it will be one of the most memorable occasions from their primary education. I am pleased you have taken on board the previous assessors comments regarding updating your website and changing some of the activities (Ancient Greece) including adding extra ones. I am particularly impressed with International Week where you have visiting staff and pupils from your 5 International Schools. This week of activities and involvement at all levels from University down to including families and locals in a barn dance, is a credit to all the hard work your school does. As the Chinese partner school relationship has broken down may I make a suggestion? - you could find a partner school elsewhere in the world through the British Council partner matching service and look into the possibility of applying for the British Council’s Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning programme. I wish you every success in the future. "

Congratulations on working so hard to co-ordinate such an impressive range of work as an International Co-ordinator! You are a credit to the school and the wider community.

We will be printing certificates of achievement. If the name of your school or your head teacher has changed since you submitted your action plan then please inform us at isa@britishcouncil.org in the next two weeks to ensure we have the correct information for your certificate of achievement. You will soon be invited to attend an award ceremony where you will receive your certificate and will celebrate your success with other international coordinators and The British Council. If you are unable to attend, please inform us and we will post the certificate to the school.

The scheme mark, which is a key part of the Award, and press release template will be sent with a separate email.

We hope that the scope of your excellent international activities will continue to develop and benefit the school community; your support, commitment, creativity and innovative international work is greatly appreciated.

Thank you for taking part in the International School Award. Please convey our very best wishes and many congratulations to all staff and pupils both in the UK and overseas who have taken part in the scheme. Please also contact your local media to inform them about your successful international work - this is a great achievement and one that deserves celebrating and sharing widely.

We wish you the best as you continue with your international journey.

Kind regards,

The International School Award team British Council