Briefing for SIPs: The DCSF International School Award (DCSF ISA)
A key aim of the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) is to equip our children, young people and adults for life in a global society and work in a global economy. One of the main actions to achieve this aim is to instil a strong global dimension into the learning experience of all children and young people.
The DCSF International School Award (DCSF ISA) (link opens in new window) is an important way of recognising schools that have already begun to integrate global issues and international awareness into their curriculum.
The DCSF ISA, managed for the Department by the British Council, is a staged approach with three levels of achievement. Schools can apply at any of the stages.
- Foundation – introducing internationalism: This category is designed for schools that are just embarking on internationalism and requires evidence of curriculum-based international activities across some subjects.
- Intermediate – developing internationalism: This category prepares schools for the ISA and requires evidence of more substantial curriculum-based activities, supported by a link with at least one partner school in another country.
- Full International School Award – demonstrating an international ethos: In this fully accredited category, the international dimension is embedded throughout the curriculum and an international ethos should pervade the school development plan, supported by a strong partnership with one or more schools overseas.
You may also be interested in Global Gateway (link opens in new window), the DCSF’s international website, which enables those involved in education across the world to find partner schools and colleges in other countries and engage in creative partnerships. It is a one-stop-shop, providing quick access to comprehensive information on how to develop an international dimension to education.