St Michael’s Primary School in Coningsby has been awarded the prestigious International School Award in recognition of bringing the world into the classroom.
The award is an honour for schools that do outstanding work in international education.
Fostering an international dimension in the curriculum is at the heart of the British Council’s work with schools, so that young people gain the cultural understanding and skills they need to live and work as global citizens.
St Michael’s Primary School’s international work has included exchanges with teachers and head teachers from their partnering school in Tangshan, China and visiting teachers from Dehli and India.
Also the children in Year 5 got the opportunity to engage in video conferencing to celebrate Diwali, exploring global issues such as immigration and asylum-seekers and learning new languages.
Pupils then got the chance to take part in international days of celebration such as World Hello Day, Bastille Day and Chinese New Year.
Kate Hodson, head teacher at the school commented: “We are incredibly proud of this achievement.
“The staff, children and our whole school community have whole-heartedly embraced our international work.
“Their experiences from this have broadened their learning experiences and their understanding of the wider world.
“The children’s enthusiasm for these projects have been infectious and we are excited about the future.”
British Council chief executive, Sir Ciarán Devane, said: “The school’s fantastic international work has rightfully earned it this prestigious award.
“The International School Award is a great chance for schools to demonstrate the important work they’re doing to bring the world into their classrooms.
“Adding an international dimension to children’s education ensures that they are truly global citizens and helps prepare them for successful future careers in an increasingly global economy.”
International development secretary Justine Greening said: “The International School Award is a great way of highlighting how young people in the area have the potential to change things for the better.”