About the Partner Schools Global Network
The Partner Schools Global Network (PSGN) is the community of schools that offer a UK curriculum leading to exams such as the O level, IGCSE and A level, administered in cooperation with the British Council. These schools are located across South Asia, the Middle East, North and sub-Saharan Africa, in Cyprus, Colombia and beyond.
Our aim is to offer high-quality products and services that support our leaders, teachers, learners and parents. We are also able to support Ministries of Education with reform and improvement programmes.
For our teachers, our support includes a Quality Assurance self-assessment tool and an excellent suite of in-service teacher-training workshops for both primary and secondary teachers.
For learners, we offer the PSGN ‘Your World’ global competition as well as access to the latest online educational support.
And, for school leaders, we offer leadership training as well as excellent networking opportunities. In addition, we offer the global Schools Now! Conference, which takes place in early Spring each year.
Schools Now! Conference for school principals
The importance of extra-curricular activity and developing students as future leaders and citizens was a key focus at the recently concluded Schools Now! Conference held in Sri Lanka. Organised by the British Council as part of a continuous effort from the organisation to spearhead thought leadership and innovation in education, the two day conference – centered on the theme: ‘Teaching, learning, and life beyond school’ - attracted vibrant participation from respected international leaders across multiple disciplines in the field of education, including 300 school teachers representing 16 countries of the British Council Partner Schools Global Network.
During the course of this year’s conference, participants had unprecedented access to ideas and concepts developed by prominent international thought leaders like Professor Toby Sal, Chief Executive of the Ormiston Academies Trust. He spoke with delegates about the importance of school leadership and ensuring high quality teaching and learning from the context of the English education system while elaborating on lessons learned following signiﬁcant structural reforms undertaken during the last decade.
Numerous other prominent speakers also delivered presentations at the event, including Dr. Grace Grima, Pearson Director of Research and Efﬁcacy, Raed Omar Brahedni, Cambridge International Examinations Senior Manager for Bahrain and Qatar, and Dr. Muna Lilia Al Nemr, Principal of the Rosary School-Marj Elhamam, one of Jordan’s most academically and socially successful schools.
Participants at Schools Now were encouraged to interact and network with their global counterparts, with a view to facilitating an open discussion around some of the most innovative teaching models currently being implemented. Teachers were also given an opportunity to offer feedback on all aspects of the conference and discuss some of the most significant lessons that they took away from this year’s conference.
You can watch a video from the event at the top of this page.
The Your World global competition for students
In September 2016, the British Council Partner Schools Global Network launched the second global competition for school students; ‘Your World’. Students were invited to work in groups and submit short videos to offer a window onto their lives and their communities, for the world to see. 1,864 students from 206 schools in 18 countries took part in the competition last year and the winners from Colombia and Sudan were flown to the UK this summer to attend a school for the creative arts. Please follow this link for an article, interviews with winning students and a video of this trip.
Launching the 2017-18 Your World competition
The topic for this year isthe ‘Natural Environment’. We would like students to make a video of a social action project that identifies an environmental issue and its effect on a community. This could be in their country, town or city, their school or a group of people large or small. The video should outline who the community is that is affected and how this issue can be resolved for the long term benefit of the community and environment.
For example, perhaps students know of an existing environmental issue such as pollution from road traffic and its impact on the natural environment, community and people living close by. They can make a video to show why it’s an issue and who is affected by it. The video should then outline how this issue can be overcome and what the long term impact would be on this community. Students can ask teachers in their school for guidance on how they can develop the theme of this video.
By making this video, students will be able to draw on their cross-curricular knowledge of subjects such as science, geography and global studies and also develop 21st century skills such as leadership, digital literacy, critical thinking and problem solving. The experience of making this video could also be used strengthen a future overseas university application.
Students aged between 14 and 17 will be working in groups of between three to five to make this video.
For further information please refer back to your Partner Schools Global Network school coordinator or contact your British Council local office.