The international dimension in education is an increasingly important part of agendas such as Every Child Matters and Community Cohesion in how it supports the cultural heritage of teachers and learners and positive learning across schools.

  • An international ethos embedded throughout the school
  • A majority of pupils within the school impacted by and involved in international work
  • Collaborative curriculum-based work with a number of partner schools
  • Curriculum-based work across a range of subjects
  • Year round international activity
  • Involvement of the wider community
  • Evaluation from a variety of sources allowing you to improve your activities and your international programme.
  • a framework within which to form and develop international partnerships and achieve curriculum goals.
  • ideas for developing collaborative curriculum-based international work with partner schools.
  • recognition for teachers and their schools that instill a global dimension into the learning experience of all children and young people.
  • opportunities to raise the school's profile through local and national media coverage
  • support for delivering on the Sustainable School agenda. The Sustainable Schools National Framework states that :
‘By 2020 the Government would like all schools to be models of good global citizenship, enriching their educational mission with activities that improve the lives of people living in other parts of the world.’


Cherwell has once again been awarded the prestigious International School Award, managed by the British Council, in recognition of its work to bring the wider world into the classroom. The International School Award seeks to celebrate, develop, recognise and accredit outstanding practice in the international dimensions of teaching and learning. 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.

John Rolfe, Manager of the International School Award at the British Council, said: 

“Many congratulations to all the schools across the UK who have been successful in the International School Award. We are very grateful to all the schools for their excellent commitment to the enriching, creative and innovative international dimensions of teaching and learning. The fantastic work is vital preparation for all our young people to better understand their place in the world, and support the development of their skills in an increasingly global economy.  The international dimensions of education have been a vital part of the British Council’s work for over 75 years, and we are delighted to say well done to so many wonderful schools and educators for their outstanding and inspirational range of international work.” 

The folder of work submitted included our links with South Africa, Germany, Spain, Poland, Italy as well as work carried out in many curriculum areas. The award is held for 3 years. This is the second time we have been awarded the full ISA for our work. Well done to all staff and students involved.