GUIDANCE

Frequently asked questions

Guidance for your International School Awards 2023 application.

FAQS

What do schools win?

Each shortlisted school receives a logo recognising the school as being shortlisted for a 2023 International School Award. This logo can be displayed on the school’s website and resources. This is a valuable quality mark for schools. Shortlisted schools will be featured in the virtual awards ceremony on 24th January 2023. All award winners will receive a prestigious category award trophy, a category winner logo for use in school marketing, and will be considered for the overall International School of the Year 2023 award. Winning initiatives will be recognised throughout the year on the ISC Research website and in International School Leader Magazine.

How do I enter?

You can enter via our application platform. Please view our application process for more details.

How much does it cost to enter?

Entry is free.

Who can enter?

The International School Awards are hosted by ISC Research, which uses specific criteria to identify international schools. Applicants must therefore check the eligibility of their school before submitting an application. We will not be able to consider schools that do not meet the eligibility criteria for the International School Awards.

ISC Research identifies international schools using these criteria:

  • schools that deliver a curriculum to any combination of pre-school, primary or secondary students, wholly or partly in English outside an English-speaking country;
    **OR**
  • schools that offer an English-medium curriculum other than the country’s national curriculum and are international in their orientation, if based in a country where English is one of the official languages

To qualify for the International School Awards, an online school must either:

  • offer a whole English-medium curriculum for children of any age between 3 and 18 **and** be publicly accessible for students from a variety of countries to enrol;
    **OR**
  • only enrol students from within one single country **and** offer a whole English-medium curriculum that is not the national curriculum of that country.

Online schools eligibility note:
Some online learning providers offer subject courses as a supplement to a classroom-based curriculum, but to be eligible for the International School Awards, an online school must offer a permanent whole programme of subject learning in an online environment that meets the criteria described above.

When do applications close?

Friday 8 July 2022 at 23:59 (GMT+1)

What period do these awards cover?

Judges will be looking for an outstanding example of best practice and innovation that has been implemented during the 2021-2022 academic year. If the initiative was introduced prior to this year, the initiative can be submitted provided it has been developed further and this development has been evaluated during the 2021-2022 academic year.

How do I know if my school is eligible to be nominated for an International School Award?

Schools are eligible to participate in the International School Awards if they are an English-medium international school and deliver learning to children for any phase between ages 3 to 18. For the purposes of these awards, this means if the school delivers a curriculum to any combination of pre-school, primary and/or secondary students, wholly or partly in English outside an English-speaking country. Or, if a school is in a country where English is one of the official languages, it offers an English-medium curriculum other than the country’s national curriculum and the school is international in its orientation.

Online international schools are eligible to participate in the International School Awards if they offer a whole English-Medium curriculum for children of any age between 3 and 18, and it is publicly accessible for students from a variety of countries to enrol. Or, if the online school only enrols students from within one single country, it must offer a whole English-Medium curriculum that is not the national curriculum of that country.

How many entries can we make?

You may enter up to three categories, but you can only enter one application submission per category.

Can our school submit 3 applications for the same category?

No. Each submission (up to a total of 3) must be from a different category.

How can I apply for more than one category?

You can use the ‘copy’ feature to create a copy of your entry and change the category as required.

Can our school resubmit an initiative that we submitted in a previous year?

Initiatives submitted in previous years cannot be resubmitted unless significant development of an existing initiative has occurred during the past year and your application provides evidence of this.

Can I start my application and return later on to finish it?

Yes, our application platform saves your progress at whatever point of the application you are on. Start your application and come back to it ahead of the 8th July deadline whenever it is convenient for you.

What do I do if I'm having a problem with my application form?

If you have any problems or questions throughout the entry process, please contact us by email on applications@iscresearch.com.

When are the winners announced?

Announcement of the winners will be made at a virtual awards ceremony hosted by ISC Research on 24th January 2023.

How are the entries judged?
An independent panel of education and international school experts select the winners. Details of all the judges are available here
What consideration are judges making to the impact of COVID-19 on schools that had campus closures?

Every single international school was directly impacted by COVID-19 and this is recognised in the criteria of all categories. Due to the impact of COVID-19, many initiatives were developed to respond to the crisis. As a result, judges will continue to consider initiatives that show innovation and the potential for change as a result of adversity. All applications must demonstrate how their initiative has addressed a challenge or opportunity, and also demonstrate the potential for longer-term development as a sustainable initiative for the school.

CATEGORIES

2023 Award categories

Community partnership

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.

Future pathways

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. 

Safeguarding

This award will recognise a school initiative that supports safeguarding within a school community. This may include the prevention of radicalisation.

Strategic leadership

This award will recognise an initiative that has been collectively spearheaded by a leadership team, senior leadership team or governing body. 

Sustainability

This award will recognise an initiative being implemented as part of a school’s sustainability ethos.

Wellbeing

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

International impact

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.

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