Our International work is very important to us. It forms part of our intent to ensure all our children are provided with a bespoke, unique and exciting curriculum that is tailor-made to suit our children, their learning and their futures.
Every child is unique and important. They are at the centre of their learning; starting as part of a class, whole school, the local community and then on to their future role in modern Britain and as a future global citizen.
Purpose of the Award
The International School Award (ISA) acknowledges school collaboration internationally and provides a framework for recognising schools that:
- champion international work and collaboration with partners to build and develop lasting relationships
- benchmark best practice and share professional development in teaching and learning
- engage young people in both the global economy and global citizenship and develop their skills for life and work
- support whole-school projects that contribute towards school improvement
- enrich education through international work.
We have been an accredited International School from 2010. We have continued to form relationships with schools across the globe such as Spain, Australia and Tanzania. We were accredited again in 2019 and John Rolfe, from the British Council, came to our school in order to personally deliver and present the award to us.
We are very proud of our international work and know the children enjoy it and learn a great deal from this aspect of our curriculum.
Receiving our award from the British Council
Cronton C of E Primary School has had a strong link with the ACE charity (http://acecharity.org/) and as a school, we have raised money for ACE with the ongoing support of their Headteacher, staff, families and the local church congregation. In October 2017, Mrs Thomson visited the official opening of Arise Community Primary (https://www.facebook.com/Arisecommunityschool/), a school, which is maintained and developed by ACE.
We are extremely excited to announce that this longstanding, joint working has now taken a very exciting step further. Recently, we have been successful at applying for an enriching, fantastic programme called 'Connecting Classrooms', which is run by the British Council (https://connecting-classrooms.britishcouncil.org/). This international programme supports teaching and learning about global issues. It enables pupils to learn and work together on the big issues that face the world today.
The two selected global learning themes that the both schools will focus on, are: Zero Hunger and Gender Equality.
Furthermore, “Connecting Classrooms” will also allow for an exchange of teachers between
Cronton and Arise Schools with so many potential benefits for pupil learning, teachers and the schools as a whole. Miss Rogers (Y5) and Mrs Simm (Nursery) will have a chance to go to Tanzania in February and share their knowledge and skills with the teachers there while passing on all the learning that has taken place in Cronton. In the summer term, we should welcome the headteacher and another teacher from Arise to do the same in Cronton.
What an exciting, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the students and staff at both schools!
Keep checking our Connecting classrooms Blog for updates and the newest learning!