Bringing together knowledge and internationalism in schools

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

The British Council, the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities is holding a week-long series of events around school education culminating with the International Schools Awards Ceremony at Hotel Kempinski Ambience Delhi on Thursday 4 December 2014. The schools’ week began on 28 November with the launch of the British Council’s global publication Innovation in the Continuing Professional Development of English Language Teachers. On 29 November a conference was held on Quality Standards in Education. The week progresses with an engaging teacher accreditation conference themed, Teacher Researchers: The Agents of Change on 2 and 3 December. The last day, 4 December, will witness a stimulating roundtable discussion on Creating Schools for Future Citizens followed by the International School Award Ceremony.

The key note address at the Teacher Accreditation Conference will be made by Sam Freedman, Director of Research, Evaluation and Impact at Teach First – a charity that recruits and supports teachers working in disadvantaged communities. He will explore the role of research within school-based education, the importance of evidence-based decision making and the role that teachers can play in creating and using that research.

The final key note will be made by Andy Buck, Trustee for the Teacher Development Trust and the Teaching Awards on Schools of the Future: Time for Change. He will challenge the participants to consider what changes school systems will need to make in the future if they are to meet the needs of a rapidly changing world and workplace.

The participants for the roundtable will include policy implementers from Vietnam, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia and India, senior bureaucrats, heads of associations of schools, school heads of corporates opening chains of schools, teacher educators and various education experts from the UK. 

Rob Lynes, Director India, British Council said, “Over a week a range of issues have been discussed including the continuous professional development of teachers, the quality standards in schools, the role of research and what it can achieve in schools. Policy makers from other countries have contributed to the discussions. Schools in India and UK, both in the private and public sector, have strong links, which have deepened over the years, contributing to each other’s development. The week’s celebration reaches a final crescendo with the International School Awards ceremony where we have teachers and schools represented from across India. I hope these associations continue to grow, ensuring deeper understanding between UK and India.”

The week will end with a brilliant International School Award Ceremony that will be attended by close to 850 people from about 300 schools across India who will be accredited with the International School Award. The International School Award (ISA) is an accreditation scheme that recognises and celebrates exemplary practices of internationalism in schools. ISA provides a framework for schools to develop an action plan and implement international activities throughout the year, and encourages schools to collaborate with overseas schools to create a rich learning experience for students through use of ICT, creative pedagogical practices and real context for learning.

Notes to Editor

Connecting Classrooms is a global education programme offered by the British Council and UKaid which supports schools in over 50 countries. Working directly with teachers and school leaders, the goal of the programme is to develop better global citizenship, enhance education in schools and by doing so, develop trust and understanding between young people in different societies towards creating a safer and more connected world for the future. In India, the British Council works with over 1,000 schools through the programme. The Awards Ceremony recognises and celebrates the exemplary effort by schools to nurture global citizenship through a range of online and offline activities.

International School Award (ISA) is a global benchmarking project that recognises the outstanding work done by schools that are committed to developing international dimension in the curriculum to help young learners become effective global citizens. Since the year 2004, 1000 schools have worked on towards the award. 296 schools from across India are receiving the Award this year.


Global Teacher Accreditation supports teachers to investigate the impact of their innovative classroom practices systematically and share this through Action Research. The submissions have been assessed by Cambridge Education and the MS University of Baroda. At this Awards Ceremony we recognise 13 outstanding submissions from the 116 successful submissions. This year, the teachers worked on five broad themes for their action research proposal which included International Learning and Global Citizenship, Digital Innovation in the Classroom, Mainstreaming and Inclusion of Students with Special Needs, Improving Teaching and Learning of Science and Mathematics, and Leadership for Change and Innovation

About the British Council

About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and build trust between them worldwide. 

The British Council was established in India in 1948. The British Council is recognised across India for its network of 9 libraries and cultural centres. We offer a range of specialised projects in arts, education, exams, English language and society to audiences across India and more than 100,000 members. We also provide access to English language training and learning for both students and teachers, offer UK qualifications in India and enable opportunities to study in the UK.