Policy – International School


The governors and staff recognise that:

·         global issues are an important part of the lives of our students living in a world where economies are increasingly interdependent and global communication is a daily reality. Our students have access to the internet and increased opportunity to travel, watch news stories from around the world, as they develop and follow for example, international sporting events as they happen

·         the global dimension should be reflected in the attitudes and values of our students, the ethos of the school, the Programmes of Study and Key Skills.

·         as a school we have a commitment to both gender and racial equality



To enable our students to know more about global issues and to:

  • To embed the global dimension within the school internal and external curriculum, engaging students to celebrate their own cultural identity and to foster respect for other cultures, languages and religion
  • understand complex international interdependencies in the global economy
  • respect and value different cultures and beliefs
  • enjoy regular contact with students and adults living in different countries



To continue to integrate the global dimension into the whole school curriculum by raising staff awareness of valid curriculum links

1.    To develop a strong awareness of similarities and differences in lifestyles and culture in a range of other countries

2.    To involve staff (including extended school), students and wider community in the development of contacts with our global partners

3.    To further develop relationships with partner schools with a focus on enriching the whole school curriculum and communication via ICT

4.    To maintain the Full International School Award

5.    To actively encourage the study of foreign languages for all our students by offering a range of appropriate language options

6.    To organise regular celebrations of our rich and diverse heritage

7.    To conduct annual audits of both our formal and informal curriculum which, in turn inform action plans to develop each of the eight Key Concepts of the global dimension through all appropriate areas of the curriculum such that there is a clearly mapped global dimension in the learning experiences for all our students. These eight key concepts we recognise as:

·   diversity

·   conflict resolution

·   global citizenship

·   human rights

·   interdependence

·   social justice

·   sustainable development

·   values and perceptions


Key Priorities over 3 Years

1.    Increase the awareness of the global dimension to staff, students and the wider community across the whole school

2.    Identify and embed the global dimension in new areas of the curriculum

3.    Develop current and new global relationships


The International School Award is approved for Rift House Primary and accredited for three years (September 2015- August 2018).