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Read our advice to help plan and find activities for the International School Award.

Find an activity plan

Search through and use our classroom resources which house a series of activities and lesson plans that can be used as part of the International School Award. All resources are designed to encourage international awareness and learning.

Foundation and Intermediate level guidance

The activities you undertake should form part of the international education at your school, and must:

  • be part of genuine classroom work that relate to school’s curriculum,
  • happen during the normal lesson time,
  • show awareness of other cultures and countries,
  • be cross-curricular (cover a broad range of curriculum subjects).

We always encourage schools and teachers to involve as many learners as possible to maximise impact.

For the Foundation level, there are no specific requirements for the number of learners that should participate in international activities.

For the Intermediate level, at least 50% of learners should participate.

Accreditation and Reaccreditation level guidance

Activities designed and completed for this level must:

  • be part of genuine classroom work that relate to school’s curriculum,
  • happen during the normal lesson time,
  • be cross-curricular (they cover a broad range of curriculum subjects),
  • encourage language learning and cross-cultural communication skills,
  • be based on collaboration between learners and teachers,
  • include other schools or organisations that support school education in other countries,
  • contribute to embedding international learning and global citizenship in the curriculum.

It is expected that the majority of learners will participate in international activities to maximise impact.

By repeating activities or introducing new activities each academic year, this will help to ensure most pupils will be involved in international learning activities as they progress through the school.

In terms of length, the most effective international activities are developed over the course of the academic year, as they can be embedded effectively into your school’s curriculum and bring the aspect of sustainability into your international work.

Activity evaluation

As you work towards Accreditation/Reaccreditation levels, you will learn how to observe and evaluate your international work for its impact on learners and teachers.

Sample evaluation forms to record feedback from teachers, pupils, community are available to help you complete your Impact Evaluation.

Important changes to Accreditation and Reaccreditation level due to Covid-19

  • We will leave the current application deadlines open and schools that have completed their activities in full can submit their applications and be considered for Accreditation and Reaccreditation this year
  • As a one-off exception for schools that have started applying this school year, we will allow them to continue their international work for ISA into the next school year (2020-21) and submit their Impact Evaluation with next years’ deadlines in June-July 2021. Schools that will continue with the application next school year, can submit applications with activities spanning over the two school years, meaning that schools can use the activities they have already completed this year and will have time to re-establish links with partner schools.
  • We will extend the accredited status by one year for all schools that are due Reaccreditation now and are applying at the moment. This means that the accredited status will be valid till 31 August 2021.  If schools apply for Reaccreditation before the deadline this year and are successful, they will be awarded the standard three year renewal.