Students in a classroom
Students in a classroom

Celebrate your school's efforts to embed international work within the curriculum by becoming a Recognition of an International Dimension in Schools (RIDS) programme-certified school in 2024.

The India RIDS programme, formerly known as ISA and then IDS, rewards schools committed to embedding international awareness within their curriculum.

RIDS provides a framework for schools to develop international activities across the curriculum, including collaborative work with partner schools, and opportunities to involve the wider community. Schools plan, execute and evaluate a range of project-based school activities which are then assessed against the RIDS criteria for certification.

The India RIDS programme has evolved from the British Council’s global International School Award (ISA) programme which was active in 31 countries worldwide and is currently being delivered in the UK, Greece, and Nigeria. In India, ISA/IDS ran from 2003 to 2020, reaching over 4000 private and government schools.

The RIDS programme is led by BC Education India, an Indian subsidiary of British Council UK. BC Education enables people in India to access international curricula, UK school and English language exams, teacher training and English courses.  

If you are interested in applying for the RIDS 2024 programme, please write to us at RIDS@britishcouncil.org

 Schools should meet the following criteria:

  • have been operational for at least three academic years
  • can demonstrate that they have the capacity and sufficient teacher engagement to support the implementation of the RIDS programme in the school
  • can pay the RIDS January 2024 programme cycle fee INR 59,000 (plus GST) in full, by bank transfer, at the time of acceptance onto the programme.

The January 2024 batch of the RIDS programme is ongoing. The announcement for the next batch of RIDS 2024 should happen in May/June 2024.

To get the announcement by email please fill up your contact details at https://forms.office.com/e/GgB9zDkbpjThe schools that had filled up the application form for the RIDS January 2024 batch but were not included will get preference for the second batch.

What is the Recognition of an International Dimension in Schools (RIDS) programme?

The Recognition of an International Dimension in Schools (RIDS) programme aims to support schools that are committed to embedding international awareness and global citizenship within their school curriculum and processes. We encourage this by supporting schools in completing collaborative, curriculum-based work with partner schools and the involvement of the wider community.

The RIDS programme works across the whole school, with schools submitting clear plans of activity, delivering classroom activities and using impact assessments to demonstrate the quality of international education achieved. 

The RIDS programme is designed for schools that:

  • are keen to embed an international ethos within and across the whole school

• wish to enhance their school’s curriculum, teaching and learning 

• want to work with partner(s) on a range of projects throughout the school year, and share best educational practices.

 

What is RIDS certification?

Schools which successfully meet the standards of the RIDS programme receive the RIDS certification to demonstrate that they have embedded international learning across the school and curriculum.

The RIDS certification* is valid for three years, following which re-application is required.

*Please note that RIDS certification does not assure non-RIDS quality standards such as school pedagogy, quality of teaching, school infrastructure or health and safety.

Schools that achieve the RIDS certification receive the following benefits:

  • the RIDS certificate
  • a RIDS logo/kitemark to display on the school website and other communications
  • a British Council and RIDS branded plaque to display on the school premises
  • individual certificates of achievement for the teachers and coordinators who have led the RIDS programme in the school
  • media packs to help raise awareness of your school's international work and achievements
  • continuing expert guidance on sustaining and further improving your international work.

 

 

Who leads and delivers the RIDS programme?

The programme is coordinated by the BC Education India team. Programme activities are led and facilitated by our network of British Council School Ambassadors (BCSAs). They are our network of expert and experienced programme facilitators from schools across India who have many years of experience in leading school development activities and supporting teachers. All of our BCSAs have extensive experience with the ISA, IDS and RIDS programmes and a strong commitment to enabling the success of RIDS-participating schools.

Each RIDS participating school needs to identify a RIDS Programme Coordinator to coordinate the programme and its various elements. We would normally expect a wide range of teachers and classes to engage in the programme and strongly encourage School Principals, Leaders, and parents to get involved.

What is the RIDS fee and what is included in it?

The RIDS January 2024 programme cycle fee is INR 59,000 (plus GST) which covers all programme inputs, access to learning resources, and participation in activities and events, webinars, networking including the certification benefits, valid for three years. The fee is payable in full, by bank transfer, at the time of acceptance onto the programme.

The RIDS programme has three core elements: the Action Plan, the School Activities (arising from the Action Plan) and the Impact Evaluation. The three elements are mandatory and evidence of achievement needs to be submitted, and then assessed, by our BCSAs, to achieve the RIDS certification.

The core RIDS programme activities are:

  • new school onboarding and orientation webinar
  • attendance at the initial action planning workshop (in person/online)
  • ongoing BCSA support to develop and deliver the school activities
  • support with submission of the Impact Evaluation
  • assessment of portfolio and, if required, support to improve the submission
  • certification benefits to the successful schools
  • certificate ceremonies to be held in key cities at the end of the RIDS 2024 programme cycle.

 

RIDS also provides an extensive range of teacher and school support and professional development activities such as:

  • an extensive range of RIDS classroom project resources and materials
  • access to our ISA schools lists with potential to become partners on your RIDS programme
  • access to an extensive range of online teacher professional development resources to suit all levels of experience and interests
  • mandatory attendance for 1 to 2 teachers at British Council live training webinars on English Assessment Literacy (testing of English language), with certification
  • an opportunity to participate in the highly-regarded British Council Core Skills training courses 

 

In detail - core elements of the RIDS programme

The RIDS programme has three core elements: the Action Plan, the School Activities (arising from the Action Plan) and the Impact Evaluation. The three elements are mandatory and evidence of achievement needs to be submitted, and then assessed by our BCSAs, to achieve RIDS certification.

Action Plan: Schools submit a RIDS activity action plan to complete over the school year. The action plan describes the activities they intend to undertake for the RIDS certification.

Schools will attend an action planning workshop within one month of the RIDS programme cycle before developing and finalising their plan. Action plan submission deadlines are normally two months after the start of the RIDS programme cycle. Schools will receive feedback on the plan within six weeks of the submission deadline.

The action plan must include:

  • a number of curriculum-based international dimension activities
  • several activities should be completed in partnership with other schools
  • activities should be spread throughout the school year and cover a range of subjects
  • students across various age ranges, should have participated in activities, not only students in a single-year group.

Impact Evaluation: At the end of the school year each school submits an Impact Evaluation. The evaluation demonstrates the impact of the RIDS programme activities on learners, teachers and the community.

Impact Evaluation submission deadlines are normally six to eight months after the start of the RIDS programme cycle. If successful, you will receive confirmation of certification within six weeks of the submission deadline. If your submission requires further work, you will receive feedback and have an opportunity to re-submit the application within a further three weeks for a final decision.

The RIDS January 2024 programme cycle – key dates and deadlines

The key dates and deadlines for the RIDS January 2024 programme cycle are:

  • January 2024 application window open
  • February 2024 onboarding and orientation webinars
  • February 2024 action planning workshops
  • March/April 2024 submission of Action Plans 
  • April/May 2024 feedback on Action Plans
  • June-October 2024 school activities
  • November 2024 submission of Impact Evaluation
  • December 2024 confirmation of the RIDS certification or feedback on resubmission
  • December 2024 resubmission of Impact Evaluation and result (if applicable)
  • January/February 2025 certificate ceremonies.

How to apply for the RIDS January 2024 programme cycle?

If you are interested in applying for the RIDS 2024 programme, please write to us at RIDS@britishcouncil.org

The deadline for applications for the RIDS January 2024 programme cycle is closed. We will announce the next batch of the RIDS 2024 programme soon.

Schools must meet the following criteria and demonstrate this in the application:

  • have been operational for at least three academic years
  • can demonstrate that it has the capacity and sufficient teacher engagement to support the implementation of the RIDS programme in the school
  • pay the 2024 RIDS January programme cycle fee of INR 59,000 (plus GST) in full, by bank transfer, at the time of acceptance onto the programme.

If your application is successful, we will send you information on how to pay the RIDS fee by bank transfer. Once payment is received, we will send you an information pack including links to all of the RIDS programme resources.

If your application is not successful, we will give you feedback on how to prepare yourselves to re-apply in a future cycle.

 

Over the last 14 years, we have helped thousands of young students in India to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes for life and work in our interconnected world. If you are interested in applying for the RIDS 2024 programme, please write to us at RIDS@britishcouncil.org

The January 2024 batch of the RIDS programme is ongoing. The announcement for the next batch of RIDS 2024 should happen in May/June 2024.              

To get the announcement by email please fill up your contact details at https://forms.office.com/e/GgB9zDkbpjThe schools that had filled up the application form for the RIDS January 2024 batch but were not included will get preference for the second batch.