January saw more than 200 senior leaders from international schools and global education organisations gather in London for the International School Awards 2019. Hosted by International School Leader magazine and ISC Research, the awards are given in recognition of “exceptional initiatives”.
Success for British independent schools
Dulwich College Seoul won the Outstanding Teaching Initiative for its fluid maths grouping model, designed to meet the specific needs of learners. Shrewsbury International School Bangkok won the Outstanding Initiative that Supports Students’ Pathways to Higher Education, for its engagement with Shrewsbury alumni, and a programme to identify the best higher education course for the individual student. Finally, Dulwich College Beijing won the award for Creativity in Learning for its implementation of a transdisciplinary design and technology course focusing on real world problem solving.
Senior leaders from each of the schools attended the ceremony to receive their award.
The International School of the Year 2019 was awarded to British School Muscat, in Oman. The school was a finalist in two categories, which attracted over 230 nominations. British School Muscat won the award for Outstanding Strategic Leadership Initiative, for its teacher and teacher assistant training programme for Omani nationals, providing professional development to British international school standards. The programme has resulted in the successful appointment of 11 new Omani nationals at the school, and eight new interns. The school was also a finalist for the Creativity in Learning Award, as a result of its Discovery Learning teaching initiative, offering a child-centred, enquiry-based approach to children in key stages 1 and 2.
Other category winners
- The International School Kuala Lumpur won the Outstanding Inclusion Initiative for its programme to integrate students of all abilities into all aspects of school life
- British International School Riyadh received the Outstanding Community Initiative Award for its student-led support for over 600 refugee children in Lebanon
- GEMS Jumeirah Primary School, Dubai, received the Initiative to Support Wellbeing Award for its whole-school wellbeing programme, including children, parents, staff and the wider community
- Alice Smith School, Kuala Lumpur, won the Outstanding Pastoral Initiative for its student-led positive playtimes initiative, with Year 6 students developed as playground leaders
- JESS Dubai received the Innovative Technology Through the School Award for its development of an automated live reporting system for parents
- British School New Delhi received the Digital Technology in Learning Award for developing a gamification programme to help students develop maths proficiency
- The British School in Tokyo won the International Impact Award for its development of an off-site sports facility, promoting new sports – including disability sports – in schools and universities around Japan
- Ms Anuradha Monga, Head of Bangalore International School in India, was presented with a special Individual Achievement Award for her work spreading the awareness of international education in India and beyond
A special award was presented to Corona Secondary School in Nigeria, a finalist in the Community Initiative Award for its student-led water borehole initiative. Professor Clare Elwell, president of the London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF) and director of the Near Infrared Spectroscopy Research Group at University College London, presented the school with a student bursary to attend the 61st LIYSF this summer at Imperial College London.