Supporting school success
From the 2020 IS awards sponsors

The International School Awards recognise some of the most exceptional initiatives that international schools around the world are delivering. The awards are only possible with the support of its sponsors and we thank them all for enabling the very best practice to be shared far and wide. Here, the 2020 International School Award sponsors explain how they are supporting international schools.


Tes: main sponsor for the 2020 awards

At Tes, we believe in the power of great teaching. We support and connect teachers and schools worldwide, helping them to improve children's lives through education.

We're a global education business and for more than 100 years we've supported educators to inspire generations of pupils. Today, we help schools worldwide – including 1,200 international schools in 123 countries – to attract, train and empower their teachers so they can achieve great pupil outcomes.


We can provide the support, platforms and products you need to tackle the challenges your international school faces: helping you to recruit the right staff and train your current team; giving your staff a voice through anonymous surveys; providing them with access to quality, curriculum-linked resources and classroom management tools; and connecting you with other educators online to share expertise and keep up-to-date with the latest education news, research and analysis.


Follett: sponsor of the strategic leadership initiative

For more than 140 years, Follett has been a trusted literacy partner for primary and secondary schools, universities, students and educators. Follett is a leading distributor of books, integrated educational technology and digital learning tools.


While celebrating learning, leadership and innovation in international schools, Follett serves more than 45 million students worldwide. Its international team includes educators with experience in schools around the world.


Follett offers curricula including US, UK, International Baccalaureate and more with materials available in 166 languages. These resources combined with the service and expertise of the team work together to promote literacy and outcomes in international schools.


Furlong: sponsor of the pastoral initiative with intercultural understanding

Furlong have been producing first-class education software for nearly two decades. We think a little differently to other software providers – for us it’s not just about fantastic software, it’s about building meaningful partnerships with schools and offering you the best service and unparalleled support.


Our Management Information System SchoolBase is tailored to meet schools’ challenges, while being versatile enough to grow with your school and adapt to future needs. Furlong helps international schools around the world to enable excellence in education with our function-rich and flexible cloud-based software.


Impero Software: sponsor of the well-being and safeguarding initiative

Impero helps international schools support digital learning, student safety and well-being. Impero Education Pro offers a consolidated solution for classroom management, network management and online safety, designed to empower teachers, support IT teams and protect students.


Partnerships with specialist charities, including IWF and Harmless, enables Impero to develop keyword libraries to help schools identify vulnerable students. Combined with Impero EdAware (a digital safeguarding solution), Impero is the only provider to offer a holistic approach to safeguarding.


Through bridging online and offline concerns and generating a full picture of a student’s well-being, schools can flag early warning signs, enabling informed intervention.


Pearson: sponsor of the initiative to support students as future-thinking innovators

In today's world, education isn’t just about gaining qualifications: it's about helping learners at every stage of the journey discover a love of learning that helps provide opportunities throughout their lives. To this end, Pearson provides a blend of content, curricula, assessment, training and information systems to make learning more engaging and effective.


Technology underpins everything we do, from the latest resources for personalised learning to data analysis tools to measure progress and aid teaching. By putting technology at the heart of learning, we aim to support, motivate and inspire every educator and every learner across the globe.


Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: sponsor of the Teaching and learning initiative

With world-class instruction, data and insights, thought leadership, and professional learning, we aim to deliver great outcomes for our students, teachers, and learning communities worldwide. We help each of them create the fullest expression of what learning can be. We believe in equity above all and that fearlessness can change the status quo. We are committed to honouring the process of learning, championing new ideas, and emboldening the thinkers and doers of tomorrow. For more than 180 years, we have inspired all learners to activate curiosity, elevate potential, and find their moments of brilliance and breakthrough. These are the learning moments that define us – all of us. Growth is our priority. Together, we are all shaping the future, and as the world continues to evolve, so shall we. We are Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, The Learning Company.


BETT: sponsor of the digital technology in learning initiative

As a long-standing supporter of the international schools market, Bett provides a platform for international schools worldwide to come together to share best practice, network and learn about the game changing technologies that are transforming how educators and students engage with teaching and learning. In the current political climate, it is important to value and learn from other countries and cultures. Bett is a forum in which to preserve and celebrate international schools, helping support teachers’ professional development and increase student attainment overall, supporting international schools on their individual journeys.


British Council Schools: sponsor of the international impact initiative

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. We do this by making a positive contribution to the UK and the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.


Our work in education brings people together to share expertise and innovation, enrich and improve teaching and learning, and open up new opportunities across the world.

Our own network of international schools will work collaboratively with other British overseas schools to share best practice and promote opportunities to demonstrate the strength of the UK’s educational brand and creative expertise.


InterHigh by Wey Education: sponsor of the inclusion initiative

Wey Education’s InterHigh delivers a fully interactive, accredited British education system – online. InterHigh provides remote teaching support to international schools across the world with teacher shortages. As an increasing number of both expat and local families want their children to receive a western-style education taught in the English language, international schools are partnering with InterHigh, blending our provision with their own teaching staff to reduce costs, offer the highest quality teaching and in turn, attracting new families to their school.


Monash University: sponsor of the student pathways to higher education initiative

Monash University is the largest in Australia, and is ranked in the world’s top 100 universities. In under 60 years, we’ve grown from a single campus into an education and research powerhouse with an international presence on four continents, committed to the challenges of the age.


How are we supporting international school college counsellors and students? Monash has recently launched a free and secure online portal specifically designed for college counsellors, the International School Counsellors Hub. Counsellors can access valuable information, including entry requirements, career outcomes and tools to help them during counselling sessions, all in the one place:


For our international students, moving to a new country to study can be daunting. That’s why Monash offers a wide range of services that support students before and after they arrive in Australia. See how Monash supports our international students at


Space Zero: sponsor of the environmental initiative and awards reception

Space Zero has evolved its approach to the design of private schools following the realisation that they are as much a brand experience as they are an educational experience. 


We have been collaborating and consulting with leading academics, specialists from branding and the retail experience design world over the last 18 months to create an entirely new approach to how private schools can ensure the essence of their brand transfers and is brought to life as a physical experience when expanding internationally.


Our clients include Wellington College, Dwight School and Kings Ely to name a few.

The main question for any commercial organisation to consider when approaching a market is: how are you relevant to your customers but different from your competition?


The New York Times inEducation: sponsor of the initiative to support ethical values education

The New York Times Company is a global media organisation dedicated to enhancing society by creating, collecting and distributing high-quality news and information. As an important part of that mission, The New York Times education programmes offer a rich array of lesson-planning activities that allow teachers to bring the real world into the classroom and connect students to the context in which they live. Created by in-house journalists who are former teachers, these activities help prepare students to think critically and independently in a world where the lines between facts, opinions, and fiction are increasingly blurred.


Enhanced Learning Services: sponsor of the community initiative

Enhanced Learning Services (ELS) is a leader in education for all children and those with special and specific learning needs. Drawing upon their extensive international and national experience of establishing and challenging schools to get the best outcomes for all, Jo, Jason and their team provide a wide range of bespoke integrated services supporting, developing and embedding exceptional educational delivery. 


In collaboration with international school leaders, staff, parents and learners, ELS provides proven models for effective improvement at all levels of school life, including but not limited to, shaping an accessible and differentiated curriculum, models of baseline assessment, therapeutic intervention and effective learning, and teaching to move every learner and staff member forward.


ISC Research: host of the International School Awards

ISC Research has been collecting market intelligence and data on English-medium international schools throughout the world for over twenty years. It produces the most comprehensive, up-to-date and objective research on the market today, including primary source data and intelligence.


ISC Research products and services guide schools with their growth plans, advise investors for new school development, inform educators and suppliers working within the market, and support universities when engaging with international schools.

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