ISA is a new learning experience and it is normal for schools to require assistance and guidance along the way. British Council offers ongoing advice and support to schools through face-to-face interactions and online platform.
The British Council Schools Online website offers support to schools not only for ISA but also for all other school projects. Following key features of the website are especially useful for schools working towards the ISA:
- Template projects on various themes for different age groups.
- Partner finding tool which is easy to access and has a wide range of schools registered from around the world.
- Links to UK partner organisations who schools can work with; examples include 100 Words, BBC World Class, Big Dance etc. These provide invaluable support in adding creativity and innovation to the planned activities.
- Short online courses in global education, intercultural understanding and ICT for ISA coordinators and coordination team - these courses offer opportunity to teachers to undertake professional development at their own pace.
- Repository of useful documents and templates such as the registration form, action plan template, evaluation templates, guidance notes and useful contact details.
- Discussion forums for peer-to-peer support and sharing of best practice and trouble shooting.
A lot of information on Schools Online can be accessed by unregistered users. However, special features such as the discussion forums, template project areas, partner search are available only to registered users.
Schools Online is a platform for teachers and educators and not for the direct use of students though their work may be uploaded and they may view content.
A school may register any number of teachers on Schools Online. To register more than one teacher at a time, fill the school registration form and return it to email@example.com. The registration process is not instantaneous and takes time as the registration needs to be verified before password is issued.
Registration for ISA entitles the school to three face-to-face engagements:
- Action Planning workshop
- Mid-year review workshop
- Award Ceremony associated workshops
Besides these, schools may seek appointment with a British Council staff to clarify doubts and view Portfolios. You can also get assistance from a British Council School Ambassador (BCSA), an experienced school teacher or Principal who has volunteered to assist new ISA aspirants. The BCSAs receive training and input from the British Council and are well-equipped to give high quality advice. If you have any difficulty in contacting the BCSAs, do get in touch with your local British Council office or write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will find a BCSA to help you.
Having gone through the grind, we now see the ISA as a kaleidoscopic programme that facilitates understanding of international educational and cultural practices and fosters camaraderie between nations. The experience of this incredible journey has already prompted us to go beyond our known level of innovation and experimentation in the field of education and groom our teachers and students into global mentors and pupils.