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Academy's work is international

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: December 09, 2013

By Belinda Hargreaves

  • Teacher Jayne Ibbotson with St Edward's International School Award.

  • Teacher Jayne Ibbotson with St Edward's International School Award.

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ST EDWARD'S C of E Academy in Leek has been awarded the British Council's prestigious International School Award in recognition of its work to bring the world into the classroom.

The International School Award is a badge of honour for schools that do outstanding work in international education, such as through links with partner schools overseas.

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 to live and work as global citizens.

St Edward's C of E Academy's international work includes staff visits to and from Mungakha Primary School in Kenya.

Pupils from the two schools have also exchanged materials explaining 'a week in their life', fund-raising taking place to help build walls and supply electricity to the Kenyan school, as well as the whole school being involved in the 'Every Child Needs A Teacher' campaign.

St Edward's also has links with a German school based around a gardening project which has helped develop the 'Grow it, Cook it, Eat it' course that Year Eight pupils study.

Pupils also learn and research the cuisine of other countries and the different ingredients used.

And they have the opportunity to study different languages and the cultures of those countries including France, Spain, Italy and Germany.

A member of staff visits and teaches in a Spanish school. Year Seven pupils have the opportunity to enhance their learning of French on a residential visit. Also pupils study the form, style and history of music from around the world, including Blues from New Orleans, Reggae and African drumming.

Liz Clarke, the Principal at St Edward's, said: "We are delighted that the school has been re-accredited with the International School Award for a further three years.

"It is wonderful recognition for the commitment of the staff and pupils involved in the projects and the development of the curriculum with regards to International Development."

2012 saw more than 800 schools receive International School Award accreditation. This includes a wide range of schools from a variety of different backgrounds and areas across the UK. The British Council hopes to build on this success throughout 2013

The Award is now available worldwide in countries such as India, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Lebanon, Cyprus and Pakistan as part of the British Council's Connecting Classrooms programme. Around 4000 International School Awards have been presented to successful schools in the UK since the scheme began in 1999.

The British Council's website for schools – British Council Schools Online – is a supportive 'one stop shop' to help schools find international opportunities and teaching resources, including details about the International School Award. Any school can find out how to apply by visiting http://schoolsonline.britishcouncil.org.

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