The International School Award
Locking School currently holds the International School Award, which has been reaccredited to us three times, over the last ten years by the British Council in recognition of many international projects, which we have involved the children in. We are currently engaging in more projects in order to maintain our accreditation with the British Council. These projects ensure that the children are following the international curriculum themes and skills, which are attached below.
Many of the projects that we have been involved with, have been in conjunction with our Sri Lankan partner school, Mahanaga Maha College Kegalle. Locking Primary School has maintained a healthy, effective link with Mahanaga Maha College Kegalle Sri Lanka for 12 years. During this time reciprocal visits have taken place, projects have been shared and great friendships forged. Projects in the early years were limited to single outcomes, where I live, similarities and differences, where pupils and staff learnt about the daily life of our friends in Sri Lanka. Projects in the middle years became a little deeper and more open-ended resulting in actual changes / discussions. These included sharing and enriching effective classroom practice and resources, developing sustainable partnerships and supporting peace and conflict. The projects in most recent years have really challenged and moved the partnership forward with all parties being open to healthy change and support. These are based around the Global Goals with both schools working and campaigning for no hunger, good health, clean water, life on land and water, education, renewable energies, justice, reduced inequalities and gender equality. Our school settings and the wider communities we serve, have learnt so much from each other and continue to work on these areas beyond the life of the projects.
In February 2018 two teachers, Miss Bramwell and Mrs Nolan, visited Sri Lanka to promote the international understanding of the Global Goals. A full report about this visit is available read on the Sri Lankan tab. Both teachers completed a course on deeper learning skills and teachers at Locking and other ELAN schools are shown and encouraged to use the resources and explore training opportunities.
In September 2018, we were joined by two Sri Lankan Ministers of Education from the Kegalle Province who were introduced to the academy style set up. The Ministers of Education from Sri Lanka visited every school within ELAN. International work continues to maintain high priority within Locking School with workshops, learning walks and staff training sessions open to all schools within the Multi Academy Trust. Forthcoming training includes how to deliver and support Global Goals, working with British Council and submitting applications and British Values. Networks have been set up across the MAT where expertise and activities are shared and supported together. Modern Foreign Language network has been very proactive this year, including the delivery of a Russian week, linked with the World Cup. Activities included geography, language, Faberge, music, similarities and differences. Parents and the local community play a key part in the sustainability and continued high profile of International Education across the MAT. Regular newsletters informing of projects, shared practises are sent home with parents also involved in WOW open events.
Now in 2019 the staff are engaged in the following projects: