Schools applying for the Accreditation level of the International School Award will have embedded international learning across the school and curriculum teaching.

Schools who successfully complete the Accreditation level will be awarded this achievement for three years.

It is ideal for schools that:

  • work with international partner(s) on a range of projects throughout the academic year,
  • are embedding an international ethos and work across the whole school,
  • share educational practice with partner(s) in other countries and implement changes across the school.

This level involves schools demonstrating their commitment to international education throughout the entire school, involving clear plans of activity and impact assessments to develop the quality of international education at your school.

Application requirements

Schools must submit a plan to complete over the academic year. It must include:

  • seven curriculum-based international activities,
  • three activities must be completed in partnership with partner schools in other countries.
  • one activity must contain a foreign language element, connected to the learning about the culture of another country. 
  • you must demonstrate elements of cultural exchange in activities,
  • activities should be spread throughout the academic year and cover a range of subjects,
  • the majority of students, across various age ranges have participated in activities. Do not limit involvement of students to a single year group,

Schools will also submit an Impact Evaluation at the end of the academic year. It must demonstrate the impact of the activities on learners, teachers and the community.

Visit the guidance section for support on planning your international work.

What do you receive?

Schools who successfully complete the Accreditation level will be awarded this achievement for three years.

Schools will also receive:

  • the award logo to display on your school’s website and communications,
  • the International School Award digital badge,
  • a certificate of achievement to display in your school,
  • expert feedback and guidance on how to further develop and sustain your international work,
  • a media pack containing a press release template and guidance on how to raise awareness through social media and the local press.