As winners of the British Council’s International School Award, 2010, we wrote and submitted this International School policy. It has been agreed by Fatima, Mrs Ewers and the governors, and is now being implemented by the whole school.
Through the inclusion of an international focus in Dog Kennel Hill Primary School, we are able to offer our children a range of experiences that will enhance their learning and raise awareness of their national and international identity. The global dimension is reflected in the attitudes and values of our children, our staff and our school community.
- To provide an informed awareness of countries, cultures and languages other than our own
- To encourage greater involvement in environmental issues
- To develop curiosity about other cultures
- To enable children, staff and governors to experience daily life in other countries
- To promote the use of ICT in meaningful contexts for the development of communication skills
- To provide an added opportunity for the promotion of equal opportunities, racial equality, community cohesion and citizenship.
By having an international dimension as part of our ethos, we can provide children and staff with a wider variety of experiences both within and in addition to the National Curriculum.
Our objectives are:
- To work towards achieving and maintaining the International School Award
- To develop links with schools in other countries in Europe
- To develop a variety of global learning partnerships
- To welcome to our school teachers and pupils from other countries
- To raise awareness of environment issues other than those in our locality through joint projects
- To encourage interest and motivation through the provision of first hand experiences of life in another country
- To promote communication through writing letters and emails to friends abroad
- To provide staff with opportunities to compare different teaching and learning styles
- To raise awareness and appreciation of other environments and what is happening in the world
- To develop cross-curricular activities with an international theme for all children.
This policy will be reviewed as part of our annual review process. A statement of evaluation will also appear in our annual School Development Plan.
This policy has been informed by the two DfES publications: ‘Developing the global dimension in the school curriculum’ DfES 1409-2005DOC-EN ‘Putting the World into World-Class Education’ DfES/1077/2004 PPEDW/D16/5819/1104/14