International SCHOOL AWARD
We recognise that the personal development of pupils, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally plays a significant part in their ability to learn and achieve. The school curriculum promotes spiritual, moral, social and cultural developments and prepares pupils for opportunities, responsibilities and expectations in life.
As part of our SMSC curriculum and International School Award programme, pupils’ cultural development involves:
- Pupils acquiring an understanding of cultural traditions and an ability to respond to a variety of experiences.
- Pupils acquiring a respect for their own culture and that of others and to understand core British Values.
- Pupils developing an interest in others’ way of doing things and curiosity about differences.
- Pupils developing the knowledge, skills understanding, qualities and attitudes they need to understand, appreciate and contribute to culture.
- Pupils challenging stereotypes and becoming well-rounded global citizens.
To continue to integrate the global dimension into the whole school curriculum by raising staff awareness of valid curriculum links
- To develop a strong awareness of similarities and differences in lifestyles and culture in a range of other countries
- To involve staff (including extended school), students and wider community in the development of contacts with our global partners
- To further develop relationships with partner schools with a focus on enriching the whole school curriculum and communication via ICT
- To maintain the Full International School Award
- To actively encourage the study of foreign languages for all our students by offering a range of appropriate language options
- To organise regular celebrations of our rich and diverse heritage
- 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:
- conflict resolution
- global citizenship
- human rights
- social justice
- sustainable development
- values and perceptions
Key Priorities over 3 Years
- To continue to increase the awareness of the global dimension to staff, students and the wider community across the whole school
- To continue to identify and embed the global dimension in new areas of the curriculum
- To develop current and new global relationships
International Education and learning about cultures is an inherent part of our annual School Development Plan, which is evaluated regularly and reported to Governors. It is reviewed annually by the International Leader as part of the Governors Review Timetable.
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
The International School Award is approved for Rift House Primary and accredited for three years (September 2018- August 2021).
Culture in a box project
This project took place in collaboration with our partner school in Ghana throughout the Autumn and Spring term. It was an amazing way to explore the similarities and differences between our country's culture and that of our partner school.
We had fun in collecting and producing items, texts, pictures that represent our country’s culture and send them to our partner school. Through exploring each other's collections we gained an insight into each other's lives and national and local communities.
Have a look at some of the items we have received from our friends in Ghana: