AWARDS

International School
Awards

Hosted in January every year, the Awards aim to acknowledge innovative practices in schools supporting the needs of a changing world. Celebrate your school!

ABOUT

2025 International School Awards

Organised by ISC Research in January every year, and followed by the international schools community, media and associations, the International School Awards spotlight inspiring initiatives developed and run by international school leaders, educators and students.

All successful applications will be rooted around central pillars that support intercultural understanding, diversity, equity, inclusion and/or justice of students, and one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals; pillars that are rooting many long-term school initiatives today. Applications will need to include evidence of how the school is sharing its initiative amongst the wider K-12 schools community; whether that is within the international school community, within a school locality, or broader.

Applications are now open for the 2025 International School Awards!

    PARTICIPATION

    Spotlight on your school

    The International School Awards aim to acknowledge innovative practices in schools supporting the needs of a changing world. They provide an opportunity for your school to highlight one of its impactful initiatives.

    Recognising that no two schools and initiatives are the same, all schools within each fee category that meet a strict judging threshold will receive an International School Award. This will be in the form of a badge that can be displayed on winning schools’ public channels and marketing and admissions materials. This is a valuable quality mark for schools. Winning initiatives will be recognised throughout the year on the ISC Research website news, community and in International School Leader Magazine.

    Quote from an International School Award winner

    CRITERIA

    Application criteria

    The Awards provide an opportunity to highlight your community’s good practice, creative endeavours and innovation. Your application should focus on one specific initiative that meets the following three criteria:

    • Supporting at least two of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
    • Rooting Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice (DEIJ)
    • Supporting your school and/or local community 

    PEOPLE

    Judges

    A panel of independent judges select all award recipients.
    Alun Cooper
    Alun Cooper

    Job title - Former Head of International Schools

    Alun Cooper has a distinguished career within education and the international schools market, with more than 40 years of senior leadership experience at prestigious international institutions in Thailand, Vietnam, Belgium, South America along ... View profile

    John Cruft
    John Cruft

    Job title - Educational consultant, manager and teacher trainer

    John Cruft is an educational consultant, manager and teacher trainer with extensive experience across the Asian region. John has worked and lived in Asia for over 20 years including China, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Vietnam, Nepal, Sri Lanka and ... View profile

    Proserpina Dhlamini-Fisher
    Proserpina Dhlamini-Fisher

    Job title - Founder and CEO Educational Aspirations Ltd (Global Consultancy)

    Proserpina, a Swati by birth and global citizen, is the Founding Director of Educational Aspirations, an international education consultancy focused on UBUNTU values and collaboration , educator and school leadership coaching and mentoring ... View profile

    Oleg Figlin
    Oleg Figlin

    Job title - CEO of Faria Education Group

    Oleg Figlin is CEO of Faria Education Group, based in London. He is deeply passionate about EdTech because of the transformative impact it has on the lives of countless children and families. He is committed to empowering customers and the ... View profile

    Luz María Gutiérrez Vittini
    Luz María Gutiérrez Vittini

    Job title - Former Director of Teaching and Learning at International School Basel

    Following an exciting career dedicated to education, Luz María has recently (1 January 2024) retired, after nine years at International School Basel (ISB) in Switzerland, as Director of Teaching and Learning. She started teaching in Chile, ... View profile

    Jeremy Lewis
    Jeremy Lewis

    Job title - Head of School, ACS Egham International School, UK

    Jeremy Lewis served as Head of School at ACS Egham International School in the UK for 12 years.  Prior to joining ACS Egham, Jeremy held leadership roles in Turkey, Vietnam, Hungary, Japan and Kuwait.  During his 38 years in international ... View profile

    Ango Mwakisu
    Ango Mwakisu

    Job title - Senior Assistant Director of Admissions

    Ango Mwakisu has been working in international higher education for more than 10 years. Originally from the land of Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar, Tanzania, Ango is an alumnus of Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany where he earned both his ... View profile

    Mónica Pérez-Bedmar
    Mónica Pérez-Bedmar

    Job title - Professor, Department of Natural Sciences, Saint Louis University, Madrid, Spain

    Mónica Pérez-Bedmar is a double national Spanish-American. Upon completion of primary and secondary school in her hometown of Madrid, she received a scholarship to study in Florida Tech University, where she completed a BS in Oceanography and ... View profile

    Paul Regan
    Paul Regan

    Job title - Former Principal of Oaktree International School, Kolkata, India

    Paul has worked in the field of education as teacher, head teacher and principal for over thirty years, fifteen of them in international education. He has run schools in Kenya, the Ukraine, Bosnia and India and, as founding head, he has started ... View profile

    Dr Kevin Ruth
    Dr Kevin Ruth

    Job title - Managing Director, Westlake Global

    Dr Kevin Ruth is Managing Director of Westlake Global, an innovation and growth firm for K-12 independent and international schools, as well as domestic (US) and international post-secondary institutions and institutions of higher education. ... View profile

    Matthew Savage
    Matthew Savage

    Job title - Assessment, Wellbeing and DEIJB Consultant

    Formerly Principal of an award-winning international school in the Middle East, and with a long and varied career in school leadership both in the UK and internationally, Matthew now works closely with premium schools and school groups ... View profile

    Dr Helen Wright
    Dr Helen Wright

    Job title - International Education Advisor

    Helen has an energetic career spanning 25 years to date in the UK and international education sector, including 13 years leading schools as Head, as well as a number of national and international roles, including as Vice-Chair of the ... View profile

    OPPORTUNITIES

    Sponsorship

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    GOOD PRACTICE NEWS

    Stay informed

    Read our news to keep informed of the International School Awards. View all ISC Research news.

    2025 International School Awards: Applications now open!
    2025 International School Awards: Applications now open!

    Hosted annually in January by ISC Research, the International School Awards shine a spotlight on the inspiring initiatives developed and led by international school leaders, educators and students. The International School Awards 2025 are now open for nominations. The closing date for this year’s applications is Friday 5th July 2024. Read more

    Winners of the International School Awards 2024
    Winners of the International School Awards 2024

    The winners of the International School Awards 2024 were announced by ISC Research during an online event on Wednesday 24th of January. 245 applications were received this year from international schools around the world. Read more

    International education influencers of 2023
    International education influencers of 2023

    20 educators and education professionals are recognised as Edruptors of 2023 for their impact on the international education community through social media. ISC Research spoke with some international education influencers who share good practice and advice for their peers. Read more