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 2017, the British Council’s Partner Schools Global network launched the third Your World global competition for school students. The theme for this academic year was ‘Natural Environment’. Students aged between 14 and 17 who take UK school examinations such as International GCSEs and A levels in our partner schools were asked to work in small groups to produce a short social action video to identify a local environmental issue and its effect on a community. They were also asked to suggest how this issue could be resolved for the long term benefit of the community and the environment.
Students took up this challenge with great enthusiasm. They were able to draw on their cross-curricular knowledge in the making of this video and get the advice of teachers in their schools. While making their videos, students developed the core skills of leadership, collaboration, creativity, digital literacy, critical thinking and problem solving. These skills will better enable students to grow into well-rounded citizens, ready to engage with a fast changing job market and shape the future for themselves and generations to come.
348 schools from 21 countries from around the world competed nationally, regionally and globally in this competition. We are delighted to announce that the Global winners are from Al Rashid Indian School, Kuwait. Congratulations to AbdulRahman Abdullah, Haneen Mohamed, Mashael Mohammad, Omar Mohamed Aref and Shrooq Elgohary. The deserving winners from Kuwait will be flying to the UK this summer along with their teacher to attend an accredited British Council school for creative arts.
Well done to the regional winners of this competition, too:
South Asia: Maple Leaf International School, Bangladesh.
Sub Saharan Africa from Aga Khan High School, Uganda.
South America from Paradise of Children School, Peru.
We would also like to congratulate the national winners and thank all other teams who took part in this competition on the incredible originality and creativity of their work!