In today’s increasingly interconnected and globalised world it is important that we provide our pupils with as many opportunities as possible to prepare them for the global workplace which they will enter. A significant percentage of the jobs which our pupils will compete for are yet to even be developed. Therefore, those young people who enter the employment market with the required soft skills and global awareness will be those who are best placed to be successful.
International mindedness and international collaboration during the formative years results in more rounded individuals, encouraging our pupils to see things from different perspectives and helping them to make informed decisions, acquiring transferable skills that will be useful to them and will remain with them for life. According to the Association of Graduate Recruiters, companies cannot find enough applicants with the requisite skills to operate in an international market place, indicating that greater efforts by schools in fostering International mindedness and international collaboration are needed to best prepare our pupils – and ourselves – for life in the 21st century.
Through charitable fundraising, a variety of trips at home and abroad, close links to China, France, South Africa and Ghana, as well as curricular activities, we broaden our pupils’ horizons and increase their tolerance and awareness of other countries, cultures and languages. To demonstrate our commitment to developing and embedding international awareness in our curriculum, we first embarked on the International School Award journey some years ago. The British Council created the ISA to reward schools who offer pupils an opportunity to discover the world through a range of activities and collaborative projects, linking to communities at home and abroad. In 2019, we were delighted to be awarded this accreditation.