This award will recognise a school initiative that is being implemented that involves students as community partners, working in collaboration with an external group to develop impact in the community.
Details and eligibility
This award will recognise a school initiative that is being implemented that involves students as community partners, working in collaboration with an external group to develop impact in the community. The external group could include other schools, organisations, or people within the local or global community.
Your application needs to include evidence of the development of authentic partnership(s) between your students and an external group/community to identify and undertake collaborative action. Fund-raising events alone are not eligible.
Your application must focus on one school initiative and address the following criteria:
- How and why an initiative has involved students engaging with an external community to identify the authentic needs of that community
- How students have developed a collaborative partnership with an external community in order to support change
- Evidence of how the initiative has developed authentic impact for both the students and the external community
- How the initiative has been developed as a long-lasting initiative for the school; one that can be improved and developed over time and could be sustainable through successive staff changes
- Evidence of the strategies that are enabling this initiative to be shared with other schools (this could include links to details about this initiative on a public website, on public access YouTube video(s), through publicly accessible media, or details of community engagement, conference or workshop presentation)
2023 shortlisted initiatives
- American School of Warsaw
- Ma Kindy International School, Réunion
- SALT International School, South Korea
Full written details about each initiative will be accessible on the International School Awards online event platform from 25th October. A representative from each of the schools will also be explaining implementation and impact of their shortlisted initiative during a live category session for all shortlisted schools on the awards platform during the week of 16th January 2023. Anyone can register for free access to the platform now.
International School of Kenya, Kenya
2022 Community Building Award Winner
2023 Award categories
This award will recognise a school initiative that involves students as community partners, working in collaboration with an external group to develop impact in the community.
Digital technology in learning
This award will recognise a school initiative that involves digital technology to support student learning in a way that includes the development of digital responsibility as part of the initiative.
Diversity, equity, inclusion and justice
This award will recognise an initiative being implemented as part of a school’s strategic journey towards developing DEIJ (diversity, equity, inclusion and justice).
Ethical values education
This award will recognise how a school initiative is supporting students in their development of ethical values which encourage them to think and act as global citizens.
This award will recognise how a school initiative is preparing students with the skills and/or values to support their future pathways.
Innovation and creativity in learning
This award will recognise a school initiative that supports students in future thinking and creative innovation.
This award will recognise a school initiative that supports safeguarding within a school community. This may include the prevention of radicalisation.
This award will recognise an initiative that has been collectively spearheaded by a leadership team, senior leadership team or governing body.
This award will recognise an initiative being implemented as part of a school’s sustainability ethos.
This award will recognise a school initiative that supports the wellbeing of a school’s stakeholders, including the pastoral care of students.
International school of the year
This award is selected by the judges from one of the winners of the 10 individual categories.
Also included in last year's awards
This award recognised a school initiative that demonstrated how international education and the school ethos had had a positive impact within the locality and/or on a global scale.
Teaching and learning
This award recognised a subject-specific or whole-school initiative that had supported teaching and learning to the benefit of the students.
Five photographs. Photographic evidence must be limited to five photographs only. Each photograph must be supported with an explanatory caption.
One video. Your video should explain/show your initiative including evidence of its success within the criteria required.