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British Council International School Award 2021-2024
In August 2021 we were re-accredited with the full British Council International Award. Our journey began back in 2016 when we achieved the Intermediate level award. We then had to build up contacts and collaborative learning with schools in different countries. Over the years, we have collaborated with schools in 13 countries across Europe on joint projects. Working closely with specific schools, we have connected regularly with schools in Ghana, France, Colombia, Uganda and more recently, Greece.
We followed up our first award by being nominated as finalists in the national TES teaching awards 2019!
Our curriculum has many global links embedded and our assembly programme also ensures that pupils are aware of what they share with children in other parts of the world. We have worked hard to develop a global dimension to our learning. As well as the Fair trade award, we have several English units which focus on current world issues such as slavery, children's rights and concerns for the world's resources. We have celebrated learning about life for Ghanaian children and have also welcomed visitors from abroad and visitors who have told us about their culture and faith. Pupils are also introduced to world issues through our Eco and Fairtrade work.
We continue to develop global learning and integrate international awareness into our curriculum. Our pupils will be working in a world where people across the world are increasingly connected and interdependent. We believe that the primary school experience at St Peter's gives our pupils a good start and encouragement to look outwards - beyond themselves. Our older pupils exchange letters with their French pen friends and meet them live online twice a year. We have also been privileged to meet up with pupils in Colombia, Uganda and Greece. These live experiences enable pupils in both countries to learn from each other. They ignite curiosity and for some, foster a life-long interest in the wider world and its people.
The following quote is lifted from the feedback from the British Council:
" This is a very good Impact Evaluation application from St Peter's CofE Primary School, which has embedded learning across the curriculum. I like that you celebrate your established partnership with UCC Future Leaders’ School by including Ghana as a Geography topic and in DT, the latter in the form of the cooking of Ghanaian dishes. You have submitted more than the required seven international activities that must include three collaborative ones with a partner school abroad, and one that must show pupils learning a foreign language and about the culture of the country. All pupils are involved in the activities, which cover a variety of subject areas and are spread across the academic year 2017-18. You have added two more activities to your application, ‘Etwinning - trees in our school environment’, another stimulating Etwinning project, and ‘Transatlantic Educators' Dialogue - collaborative CPD for staff’, an acceptable international school-to-school development project that will have impacted on improved teaching practices and outcomes for pupils. I agree with the positive comments of the assessor of your Action Plan, and am pleased to see that you followed the suggestion to name the towns where your French partner schools are situated, and to use Skype on your French Day! As well as having a ‘British Council International School Award’ page on your website, I am impressed to see that there are details of your international activities in newsletters, and pictures of them in your ‘Gallery’. Your ‘References…’ and ‘impact’ sections are robust, and St Peter’s has sound plans for future international work. I am happy to say that you have met the criteria for the Accreditation Level of the International Award. Congratulations! I wish you luck in the continuation of your international journey. "