Blue Coat has once again achieved the British Council's International Award for schools. Our pupils benefit from this window into different cultures and countries, preparing them for life in a global society.
Global issues are an important part of the lives of our pupils living in a world where economies are increasingly interdependent and global communication is a daily reality. We strive to reflect the global dimension in the attitudes and values of our pupils, the ethos of the school and in the curriculum we offer.
The school has a vital role in preparing pupils for International Citizenship. The promotion of the International Dimension in all aspects of the curriculum will assist in removing barriers between cultures; encourage openness and positive communication between individuals and groups.
Blue Coat School has taken part in many different and exciting projects over a number of years. We are currently linked to Paul Klee Schule in Cologne, Germany and Harpara High School in Chittagong, Bangladesh.
Taking part in the award links Blue Coat with other schools around the world, teaches pupils about other countries and cultures, provides an internationally recognised accreditation for the school’s international work and provides the teaching staff with enhanced teaching standards through sharing best practice from other countries.
There are different levels of the award and schools, such as Blue Coat, that are eligible for the Full Award are experienced in working with international partners on various projects, and are sustaining this activity throughout the year. Activities are embedded across the whole school and the curriculum.
Supporting the application to re-qualify for the award, Blue Coat demonstrated their extensive international links which include a partnership with both schools in Bangladesh, Russia, France and California.
Two Hong Kong teachers and one Russian teacher volunteered to work in school as part of their CPD in 2016. Their visit started with a tour of Blue Coat organised by the School Council, followed by observations of lessons being taught in their individual subject specialisations. At lunchtime, the Russian teacher commented on the high standards of behaviour, self-esteem and how proud the children were of their school!
We are fortunate in having children who speak different languages in our school.
On 25th September the school celebrated European Day of Languages with numerous stalls in the school hall and all of our pupils who have English as an additional language told us about their place of birth. We found out all about different cultures, languages and facts from different countries.