Award Categories

AND EVIDENCE CRITERIA

This year, due to the impact of COVID-19, many initiatives will have been developed to respond to the crisis. As a result, judges will be looking for initiatives that show innovation and the potential for change through adversity. 

Applications must demonstrate how their initiative has addressed a challenge, and can demonstrate the potential for longer-term development as a sustainable initiative for the school.

Community initiative

This award will recognise an initiative that involves students working with external groups such as parents, a charity, another school or the local community. This could be a community initiative relevant to COVID-19 or otherwise. Evidence should include a clear statement of how the initiative goes beyond what the school would be doing as an effective international school. Your application should detail how the initiative:

  1. Has involved students in owning and operating the project

  2. Has had impact on the external community

  3. Has developed international understanding and awareness

  4. Has addressed a challenge and can demonstrate the potential for longer-term development as a sustainable initiative for the school

  5. Includes strategies that enable the initiative to be shared beyond the wider school community e.g. with other international schools and/or could be used to help bring about good practice in the local education community. Evidence of this could include visibility of the initiative on a public website, public access YouTube videos, community engagement, conference or workshop presentation, publication in publicly accessible media, etc.

Wellbeing initiative

This award will recognise an initiative that supports student wellbeing and the pastoral care of students. This could be a wellbeing initiative relevant to COVID-19 or otherwise. Evidence should include a clear statement of how the initiative goes beyond what the school would be doing as an effective international school and how it supports intercultural understanding. Your application should detail how the initiative:

  1. Identifies and addresses the unique needs of the students and the school

  2. Has demonstrated a positive impact on student wellbeing and incorporated student views and/or student action as part of the initiative

  3. Has demonstrated a positive impact on teaching, learning and intercultural understanding

  4. Has addressed a challenge and can demonstrate the potential for longer-term development as a sustainable initiative for the school

  5. Includes strategies that enable the initiative to be shared beyond the wider school community e.g. with other international schools and/or could be used to help bring about good practice in the local education community. Evidence of this could include visibility of the initiative on a public website, public access YouTube videos, community engagement, conference or workshop presentation, publication in publicly accessible media, etc.

Initiative to support safeguarding


This award will recognise an initiative that supports school-wide safeguarding - including security and radicalisation. This could be a safeguarding initiative relevant to COVID-19 or otherwise. Evidence should include a clear statement of how the initiative goes beyond what the school would be doing as an effective international school. Your application should detail how the initiative:

  1. Has resulted in a positive impact on the entire school community

  2. Involves all stakeholders in owning and operating the initiative, including student voice and/or student action as part of the initiative

  3. Has demonstrated the values of safeguarding within an international school community

  4. Has addressed a challenge and can demonstrate the potential for longer-term development as a sustainable initiative for the school

  5. Includes strategies that enable the initiative to be shared beyond the wider school community e.g. with other international schools and/or could be used to help bring about good practice in the local education community. Evidence of this could include visibility of the initiative on a public website, public access YouTube videos, community engagement, conference or workshop presentation, publication in publicly accessible media, etc.

 

Initiative to support students as future-thinking innovators


This award will recognise an initiative that supports future thinkers and creative innovation. Evidence should include a clear statement of how the initiative goes beyond what the school would be doing as an effective international school. This could be an initiative relevant to COVID-19 that supports students as future-thinking innovators, or otherwise. Your application should detail how the initiative:

  1. Has encouraged students in lateral thinking for a specific purpose

  2. Has made a positive impact on student learning, demonstrating the potential for longer-term development as a sustainable initiative for the school

  3. Demonstrates student commitment and a rigorous process for effective learning 

  4. Includes student voice and/or student action as part of the initiative

  5. Includes strategies that enable the initiative to be shared beyond the wider school community e.g. with other international schools and/or could be used to help bring about good practice in the local education community. Evidence of this could include visibility of the initiative on a public website, public access YouTube videos, community engagement, conference or workshop presentation, publication in publicly accessible media, etc.

 

Teaching and learning initiative


This award will recognise a subject-specific or whole-school initiative that has supported teaching and learning to the benefit of the students. Evidence should include a clear statement of how the initiative goes beyond what the school would be doing as an effective international school. This could be a teaching and learning initiative relevant to COVID-19 or otherwise. Your application should detail how the initiative:

  1. Is original and creative

  2. Has had impact on students’ attitudes and/or attainment

  3. Includes the student voice and/or student action as part of the initiative

  4. Has addressed a challenge and can demonstrate the potential for longer-term development as a sustainable initiative for the school

  5. Includes strategies that enable the initiative to be shared beyond the wider school community e.g. with other international schools and/or could be used to help bring about good practice in the local education community. Evidence of this could include visibility of the initiative on a public website, public access YouTube videos, community engagement, conference or workshop presentation, publication in publicly accessible media, etc.

 

Digital technology in learning initiative


This award will recognise a digital technology initiative that has had impact on student learning and which includes evidence of developing digital responsibility as part of the initiative. Evidence should include a clear statement of how the initiative goes beyond what the school would be doing as an effective international school. This could be a technology in learning initiative relevant to COVID-19 or otherwise.Your application should detail how the initiative:

  1. Has transformed, rather than replaced, a student learning opportunity (i.e. it does not merely replace a pencil-and-paper task with a similar technology-driven task)

  2. Includes evidence of helping students to develop digital responsibility

  3. Has made a positive impact on all student learning

  4. Has addressed a challenge and can demonstrate the potential for longer-term development as a sustainable initiative for the school

  5. Includes strategies that enable the initiative to be shared beyond the wider school community e.g. with other international schools and/or could be used to help bring about good practice in the local education community. Evidence of this could include visibility of the initiative on a public website, public access YouTube videos, community engagement, conference or workshop presentation, publication in publicly accessible media, etc.

 

International impact

This award will recognise how international education and school ethos has had a positive impact within its locality and/or on a global scale. Evidence should include a clear statement of how the initiative goes beyond what the school would be doing as an effective international school. This could be an international initiative relevant to COVID-19 or otherwise. Your application should detail how the initiative:

  1. Has made a difference beyond the context of the school itself

  2. Has had impact on the international context of your school, either locally or on a global scale

  3. Includes the student voice and/or student action as part of the initiative

  4. Has addressed a challenge and can demonstrate the potential for longer-term development as a sustainable initiative for the school

  5. Includes strategies that enable the initiative to be shared beyond the wider school community e.g. with other international schools and/or could be used to help bring about good practice in the local education community. Evidence of this could include visibility of the initiative on a public website, public access YouTube videos, community engagement, conference or workshop presentation, publication in publicly accessible media, etc.

 

Initiative to support inclusion

This award will recognise an initiative that has had genuine impact on all children within the school including those with special learning needs. Evidence should include a clear statement of how the initiative goes beyond what the school would be doing as an effective international school. This could be an inclusion initiative relevant to COVID-19 or otherwise. Your application should detail how the initiative:

  1. Has demonstrated how children with special learning needs are an integral and equal part of the entire school community

  2. Has demonstrated a positive impact on students with special learning needs

  3. Has demonstrated a positive impact on teaching and learning

  4. Has addressed a challenge and can demonstrate the potential for longer-term development as a sustainable initiative for the school

  5. Includes strategies that enable the initiative to be shared beyond the wider school community e.g. with other international schools and/or could be used to help bring about good practice in the local education community. Evidence of this could include visibility of the initiative on a public website, public access YouTube videos, community engagement, conference or workshop presentation, publication in publicly accessible media, etc.

Initiative to support students’ pathways to continued/university education

This award will recognise how the initiative supports students in their pursuit of continued or university education. Evidence should include a clear statement of how the initiative goes beyond what the school would be doing as an effective international school. This could be a pathways initiative relevant to COVID-19 or otherwise. Your application should detail how the initiative:

  1. Has demonstrated a positive impact on student aspirations and choices

  2. Has involved a range of colleges and universities, subject courses and destinations appropriate to the size and nature of the school

  3. Identifies and addresses the specific needs of the students and of the school, including the student voice and/or student action as part of the initiative

  4. Has addressed a challenge and can demonstrate the potential for longer-term development as a sustainable initiative for the school

  5. Includes strategies that enable the initiative to be shared beyond the wider school community e.g. with other international schools and/or could be used to help bring about good practice in the local education community. Evidence of this could include visibility of the initiative on a public website, public access YouTube videos, community engagement, conference or workshop presentation, publication in publicly accessible media, etc.

Environmental initiative

This award will recognise an initiative that includes students and the wider school community in raising awareness and promoting change to support the environment, either locally or globally. Evidence should include a clear statement of how the initiative goes beyond what the school would be doing as an effective international school. This could be an environmental initiative relevant to COVID-19 or otherwise. Your application should detail how the initiative:

  1. Has helped students develop attitudes to supporting the environment (either local or global environment)

  2. Has involved students in taking ownership of and operating an environmental initiative

  3. Demonstrates to the wider school community the impact of active environmental support

  4. Has addressed a challenge and can demonstrate the potential for longer-term development as a sustainable initiative for the school

  5. Includes strategies that enable the initiative to be shared beyond the wider school community e.g. with other international schools and/or could be used to help bring about good practice in the local education community. Evidence of this could include visibility of the initiative on a public website, public access YouTube videos, community engagement, conference or workshop presentation, publication in publicly accessible media, etc.

Initiative to support ethical values education

This award will recognise an initiative that supports students in their development of ethical values which will encourage them to think and act as global citizens. Evidence should include a clear statement of how the initiative goes beyond what the school would be doing as an effective international school. This could be an initiative supporting ethical values education relevant to COVID-19 or otherwise. Your application should detail how the initiative:

  1. Has resulted in the implementation of values across the school that nurture students as global citizens and/or critical thinkers

  2. Has encouraged students to develop and articulate a clear grasp of how ethical perspectives and conventions can differ both within and between societies

  3. Has involved students in developing and owning ethical values

  4. Has addressed a challenge and can demonstrate the potential for longer-term development as a sustainable initiative for the school

  5. Includes strategies that enable the initiative to be shared beyond the wider school community e.g. with other international schools and/or could be used to help bring about good practice in the local education community. Evidence of this could include visibility of the initiative on a public website, public access YouTube videos, community engagement, conference or workshop presentation, publication in publicly accessible media, etc.

Strategic leadership initiative

This award will recognise an initiative that has been collectively spearheaded by a leadership team, senior leadership team or governing body. Evidence should include a clear statement of how the initiative goes beyond what the school would be doing as a highly effective international school. This could be a strategic leadership initiative relevant to COVID-19 or otherwise. Your application should detail how the initiative:

  1. Has demonstrated a positive impact on students, staff and/or the school community, transforming teaching and learning and distinguishing the school from others 

  2. Is demonstrably linked to the strategic direction of the school 

  3. Has addressed a challenge and can demonstrate the potential for longer-term development as a sustainable initiative for the school

  4. Includes strategies that enable the initiative to be shared beyond the wider school community e.g. with other international schools and/or could be used to help bring about good practice in the local education community. Evidence of this could include visibility of the initiative on a public website, public access YouTube videos, community engagement, conference or workshop presentation, publication in publicly accessible media, etc.

 

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