Award Categories

AND EVIDENCE CRITERIA for the 

international school awards 2022

Community building

This award will recognise a school initiative that involves students working with external groups such as parents, a charity, another school, or the local community to help build stronger community connections. This could be a community initiative relevant to COVID-19 or otherwise. Evidence should include a clear statement of how your initiative has gone beyond what the school would be doing as an effective international school. Your application must focus on how and why one initiative is impacting your school including:

  • How and why the initiative has involved students in owning and operating the project

  • How and why the initiative has had impact on the external community

  • How and why the initiative has developed international understanding and awareness

  • How and why the initiative has addressed a challenge or opportunity in a way that has directly impacted the school and demonstrates the potential for longer-term development as a sustainable initiative for the school

  • How and why the initiative includes strategies that enable it 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 educational 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)

Community wellbeing

This award will recognise a school initiative that supports school community wellbeing including 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 your initiative has gone beyond what the school would be doing as an effective international school and how it supports intercultural understanding. Your application must focus on how and why one initiative is impacting your school including:

  • How and why the initiative identifies and addresses the unique needs of the students and the school

  • How and why the initiative has demonstrated a positive impact on the wellbeing of the school community, and has incorporated views and/or action of students, staff or other stakeholders beyond school leadership as part of the initiative

  • How and why the initiative has demonstrated a positive impact on teaching, learning and intercultural understanding

  • How and why the initiative has addressed a challenge or opportunity in a way that has directly impacted the school and demonstrates the potential for longer-term development as a sustainable initiative for the school

  • How and why the initiative includes strategies that enable it 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 educational 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)

Safeguarding

This award will recognise a school initiative that supports safeguarding within the school community, which may include security and radicalisation. It could be a safeguarding initiative relevant to COVID-19 or otherwise.  Evidence should include a clear statement of how your initiative has gone beyond what the school would be doing as an effective international school. Your application must focus on how and why one initiative is impacting your school including:

  • How and why the initiative has resulted in a positive impact on the entire school community

  • How and why the initiative involves all stakeholders in owning and operating the initiative, including student voice and/or student action as part of the initiative

  • How and why the initiative has demonstrated the values of safeguarding within an international school community

  • How and why the initiative has addressed a challenge or opportunity in a way that has directly impacted the school and demonstrates the potential for longer-term development as a sustainable initiative for the school

  • How and why the initiative includes strategies that enable it 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 educational 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)

 

Innovation and creativity in learning

This award will recognise a school initiative that supports students in future thinking and creative innovation. Evidence should include a clear statement of how your initiative has gone beyond what the school would be doing as an effective international school. Your application must focus on how and why one initiative is impacting your school including:

  • How and why the initiative has encouraged students in lateral thinking for a specific purpose

  • How and why the initiative has made a positive impact on student learning, demonstrating the potential for longer-term development as a sustainable initiative for the school

  • How and why the initiative demonstrates student commitment and a rigorous process for effective learning

  • How and why the initiative has addressed a challenge or opportunity in a way that has directly impacted the school and demonstrates the potential for longer-term development as a sustainable initiative for the school

  • How and why the initiative includes strategies that enable it to be shared beyond the wider school community e.g. with other international schools and/or could be used to help bring about best practice in their local educational communities (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)

 

Teaching and learning

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 your initiative has gone 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 must focus on how and why one initiative is impacting your school including:

  • How the initiative is original and creative

  • How and why the initiative has had impact on students’ attitudes and/or attainment 

  • How and why the initiative includes the student voice and/or student action as part of the initiative

  • How and why the initiative has addressed a challenge or opportunity in a way that has directly impacted the school and demonstrates the potential for longer-term development as a sustainable initiative for the school

  • How and why the initiative includes strategies that enable it to be shared beyond the wider school community e.g. with other international schools and/or could be used to help bring about best practice in their local educational communities (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)

 

Digital technology in learning

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 your initiative has gone 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 must focus on how and why one initiative is impacting your school including:

  • How and why the initiative has transformed, rather than replaced, a student learning opportunity, identifying how the initiative does more than simply replicating the traditional physical classroom expectation beyond delivering it in an online format (i.e. it does not merely replace a pencil-and-paper task with a similar technology-driven task)

  • How and why the initiative includes evidence of helping students to develop digital responsibility 

  • How and why the initiative has made a positive impact on student learning by marrying pedagogical and technological approaches to the benefit of all students and which is evidenced through assessment

  • How and why the initiative has addressed a challenge or opportunity in a way that has directly impacted the school and demonstrates the potential for longer-term development as a sustainable initiative for the school

  • How and why the initiative includes strategies that enable it to be shared beyond the wider school community e.g. with other international schools and/or could be used to help bring about best practice in their local educational communities (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)

 

International impact

This award will recognise a school initiative that demonstrates how international education and the school ethos have had a positive impact within the locality and/or on a global scale. Evidence should include a clear statement of how your initiative has gone beyond what the school would be doing as an effective international school. This could be an international initiative relevant to COVID-19 or otherwise, but must be achieving international impact in a way that goes beyond supporting the school community through a global pandemic. Your application must focus on how and why one initiative is impacting your school including:

  • How and why the initiative has made a difference beyond the context of the school itself in a way that shares an international dimension that gives students a deeper understanding of what it means to live and serve in an internationally-minded way

  • How and why the initiative has had impact on the international context of your school, either locally or on a global scale, through evidence that has been collected to track the impact of the initiative 

  • How and why the initiative includes the student voice and/or student action as part of the initiative

  • How and why the initiative has addressed a challenge or opportunity in a way that has directly impacted the school and demonstrates the potential for longer-term development as a sustainable initiative for the school

  • How and why the initiative includes strategies that enable it to be shared beyond the wider school community e.g. with other international schools and/or could be used to help bring about best practice in their local educational communities (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)

 

Diversity, equity, inclusion and justice

This award will recognise an initiative that has had genuine impact on the entire school community. Evidence should include a clear statement of how your initiative has gone beyond what the school would be doing as an effective international school. This could be an initiative relevant to COVID-19 or otherwise. Your application must focus on how and why one initiative is impacting your school including:

  • How and why the initiative has demonstrated how diversity, equity, inclusion and justice is an integral part of the entire school community

  • How and why the initiative has demonstrated a positive impact on all students 

  • How and why the initiative has demonstrated a positive impact on teaching and learning

  • How and why the initiative has addressed a challenge or opportunity in a way that has directly impacted the school and demonstrates the potential for longer-term development as a sustainable initiative for the school

  • How and why the initiative includes strategies that enable it to be shared beyond the wider school community e.g. with other international schools and/or could be used to help bring about best practice in their local educational communities (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)

Pathways to continued and university education

This award will recognise how an initiative supports students in preparing them with the skills and selection process for best fit future study that includes continued education and lifelong learning. Evidence should include a clear statement of how your initiative has gone 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 must focus on how and why one initiative is impacting your school including:

  • How and why the initiative has helped students to identify and develop future independent study skills 

  • How and why the initiative has involved students and their parents in activities that guide future learning aspirations and choices in ways that support best fit pathway solutions for all students 

  • How and why the initiative includes the student voice and/or student action as part of the initiative

  • How and why the initiative has addressed a challenge or opportunity in a way that has directly impacted the school and demonstrates the potential for longer-term development as a sustainable initiative for the school

  • How and why the initiative includes strategies that enable it to be shared beyond the wider school community e.g. with other international schools and/or could be used to help bring about best practice in their local educational communities (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)

Environmental

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 your initiative has gone 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 must focus on how and why one initiative is impacting your school including:

  • How and why the initiative has helped students develop attitudes to supporting the environment (either local or global environment)

  • How and why the initiative has involved students in taking ownership of and operating an environmental initiative

  • How and why the initiative demonstrates to the wider school community the impact of active environmental support

  • How and why the initiative has addressed a challenge or opportunity in a way that has directly impacted the school and demonstrates the potential for longer-term development as a sustainable initiative for the school

  • How and why the initiative includes strategies that enable it to be shared beyond the wider school community e.g. with other international schools and/or could be used to help bring about best practice in their local educational communities (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)

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 your initiative has gone beyond what the school would be doing as an effective international school. This could be an ethical values initiative relevant to COVID-19 or otherwise. Your application must focus on how and why one initiative is impacting your school including:

  • How and why the initiative has resulted in the implementation of values across the school that nurture students as global citizens and/or critical thinkers

  • How and why the initiative has encouraged students to develop and articulate a clear grasp of how ethical perspectives and conventions can differ both within and between societies

  • How and why the initiative has involved students in developing and owning ethical values

  • How and why the initiative has addressed a challenge or opportunity in a way that has directly impacted the school and demonstrates the potential for longer-term development as a sustainable initiative for the school

  • How and why the initiative includes strategies that enable it to be shared beyond the wider school community e.g. with other international schools and/or could be used to help bring about best practice in their local educational communities (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)

Strategic leadership

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 your initiative has gone beyond what the school would be doing as a highly effective international school. This could be a community initiative relevant to COVID-19 or otherwise. Your application must focus on how and why one initiative is impacting your school including:

  • How and why the initiative has demonstrated a positive impact on students, staff and/or the school community, transforming teaching and learning and distinguishing the school from others 

  • How and why the initiative is distinctively different in the way it meets a strategic need for students and the school

  • How and why the initiative is demonstrably linked to the strategic direction of the school 

  • How and why the initiative has addressed a challenge or opportunity in a way that has directly impacted the school and demonstrates the potential for longer-term development as a sustainable initiative for the school

  • How and why the initiative includes strategies that enable it to be shared beyond the wider school community e.g. with other international schools and/or could be used to help bring about best practice in their local educational communities (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)

International school of the year

This award is selected by the judges from one of the winners of the 12 individual categories to be awarded the International School of the Year 2021.

Evidence requirements

  • Five photographs. Photographic evidence must be limited to five photographs only. Each photograph must be supported with an explanatory caption.

  • One 30-second video. Your video should explain/show your initiative including evidence of its success within the criteria required. 

Submit your application

Application forms for each category are available here. Applications can be submitted until end of day on Thursday 30th September 2021.