History and Aim
The British Council is the United Kingdom's international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. The British Council creates international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and builds trust between them worldwide. The British Council strategy for 2012 re-affirmed these commitments, with a particular objective to support sustained collaboration between schools. Their offices are in ten cities across India and they continually work towards creating opportunities for young people to develop new skills, become better qualified, introduce an international dimension to their learning or profession, and develop a better understanding of other cultures.
Established in 1934, the British Council has 191 offices in 110 countries and territories Over 7,000 staff both UK and locally appointed. They are committed to working in difficult places, and in closed societies wherever possible.
British Council Schools Online
British Council Schools Online is a web community with a variety of online tools designed to enable teachers to network with one another, seek and share advice, access professional development resources and updates and join or form partnerships with schools to work together on international projects.
Schools can use the community to discuss curriculum development and potential links with other teachers globally, and to access guidance from The British Council School Online Programme support staff about Connecting Classrooms and how it could work best for your school.
Partner with a school
The British Council Schools Online partner-finding tool, helps find partners online, with over 40,000 registered teachers and 180 countries, is the start of a journey into internationalizing schools.
This section contains a range of activities designed by education professionals to help students explore the world beyond their classroom.
The British Council School Online Programme has produced a series of classroom resources which one can utilize from the online website. Classroom resources are designed to lead students through increasingly advanced issues related to Global Citizenship.
'In a rapidly changing globalised world, schools, teachers and young people need the skills and values base to make sense of what is happening in the world around them. Connecting Classrooms professional development courses play an important role in supporting the development of an international learning community that equips educators to develop young people into global citizens.'
The courses are designed to suit the educators needs with respect to the current level of experience in international learning and global citizenship. With fully funded opportunities to support schools to teach global citizenship and international learning in the classroom, and help develop ICT and English skills.
Both the online courses and face-to-face workshops draw on the experience and knowledge of education practitioners and experts from around the world. It provides an ideal opportunity for teachers to share experiences, increase knowledge, discover new ways of doing things, network and inspire one another.
The ISA Award
The British Council International School Award (ISA) is a benchmarking scheme that accredits schools as having an outstanding level of support for :
a. Nurturing global citizenship in young people
b. Enriching teaching and learning
ISA was introduced in India in the year 2003 and over 800 schools across the country have joined this exciting journey since then. The range of schools participating in ISA varies from the well-resourced private schools to government schools from rural areas and schools for the under privileged communities.
The Laidlaw Memorial School and Junior College have geared up this year to take up the challenge of the ISA award. Several meetings were held wherein the Principal and teachers discussed the plan of action for the award. The plan consists of study material that coincides with our graded syllabus; so right from the Smithies to the 12th Standard Georgians, all will take an active part in this project.
After much discussion the ISA Application Form was duly filled up. It has been sent to the Council for approval before being enacted upon.
Coordinator for Internationalism.