The International School Award (ISA)

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We are proud to be the only primary school in Lincolnshire to have achieved recognition through the Full International School Award on five separate occasions (2003, 2006, 2009, 2012 and 2015).  In 2012, upon achieving our fourth award, only 33 primary schools out of over 21,300 in the UK had managed this many ISA recognitions.  We don't yet know the figures for 2015.

The International School Award is a badge of honour for schools that do outstanding work in international education, such as through links with partner schools overseas. Fostering an international dimension in the curriculum is at the heart of the British Council’s work with schools, so that young people gain the cultural understanding and skills they need to live and work as global citizens.

John Rolfe from the British Council, said: “Many congratulations on your well deserved success in being accredited with the British Council International School Award. The school’s fantastic international work is not only giving the young people a better understanding of the world around them, but it’s really making a difference to their future prospects too. Employers are telling us that international skills are just as important as exam results – so everything the school is doing is vital preparation for life in a global society and work in a global economy.’’ 

International School Award Logo 2015-2018

Background Information for the International School Award

The Award is now available worldwide in countries such as India, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Lebanon, Cyprus and Pakistan as part of the British Council’s Connecting Classrooms programme. Around 4000 International School Awards have been presented to successful schools in the UK since the scheme began in 1999.

The ISA encourages and supports schools to develop:

  • An international ethos embedded throughout the school
  • A majority of pupils within the school impacted by and involved in international work
  • Collaborative curriculum-based work with a number of partner schools
  • Curriculum-based work across a range of subjects
  • Year-round international activity
  • Involvement of the wider community

Read the British Council Press Release from (which was circulated to our local press in October 2012)

The British Council Schools Online website is a ‘one stop shop’ to help schools find international opportunities, including the International School Award. Any school can find out how to apply by visiting


Extract from the feedback on our Impact Evaluation by the Team of ISA Assessors - September 2015

This is an outstanding Impact Evaluation and a credit to your school. You have clearly and systematically traced the development of international learning in your school over the years that you have been involved in the ISA journey. This application satisfies all the success criteria for the ISA and it is our pleasure, therefore, to recommend The Edward Richardson Primary School for the Re-accreditation 'Full Award Level 'of the International School Award. Your application carries particular weight because you have been able to devise activities that successfully combine creativity with the ability to remain within the requirements of the ISA. In addition to this, you have a consistent and appropriate programme of foreign language studies (through French teaching) as a vehicle for exploring relevant global themes. As you have demonstrated, this particular requirement of the ISA (to embed the learning of a foreign language into your curriculum) need not necessarily be carried out exclusively in the Languages department, but can be delivered with equal impact across a broader cross-curricular platform.

It is very pleasing to note how important your ambassadorial role is to your school and you have shown a clear and consistent commitment to disseminating good practce to other local and international schools by encouraging and assisting them to engage more closely with international learning by engaging with the ISA. Your long term impact evaluation and future plans all demonstrate a robust and focused vision for maintaining international education firmly embedded in your curriculum. Your continued interest in and commitment to disseminating good practice into the wider community has made a positive impact and the results speak for themselves. Well done.

Congratulations on working so hard to co-ordinate such an impressive range of work as the International Co-ordinator. You are a credit to the school and the wider community.