Connecting Classrooms recognises that education systems are different around the world and therefore allows us to “think globally but act locally”. It allows regions to be responsive to local educational needs and priorities through a unique menu of options, in addition to the core offer. It also provides coherence with our FCR work and our contracted work for the DCSF. In the UK, our long-term ambition is to attract the DCSF and devolved education departments to enter into a new style of relationship with us, based on partnership rather than delivery. We are confident that this is fast becoming a reality, with the DCSF committing £200,000 this year (2008/09) to run a pilot within CC that uses this partnership approach.
Connecting Classrooms Programme Area 2010 11
Programme Areas for 2010 ~11 onwards
COLLABORATIVE LEARNING Core: Collaborative Curriculum Projects RECOGNITION Core: International School Award PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Core: Internationalising the curriculum Global Citizen Award International Teacher Award International Leader Award Connecting Classrooms is responsive to its audience and to the different education systems around the world. As such it offers flexibility for customisation through a unique menu of optional choices in addition to the core offer . Community Action Projects Language Projects A flexible framework Bilateral Leadership Programme Coaching and Mentoring Students as Leaders Scope & dissemination Systemic impact Sustainability Arts Projects
Policy Level – International Curriculum Dialogues
Policy Level Dialogues This is the second Policy Level Curriculum Meeting of its kind to be held in East Asia amongst Curriculum Authority policy-makers and influencers from the UK and the Connecting Classrooms participating East Asia countries. In partnership with the British Council and Ministries of Education, we can co-organise a series of policy makers’ symposia in East Asia and the UK in order to help countries further develop relationships through cooperating on International Educational Strategies. We aim to support each other to achieve our collective visions and goals together in 2010 and beyond.
International School Award International School Award accreditation recognises schools’ commitment to developing global citizens by embedding the global dimension in their curriculum and ethos. In England the award is already well-established and is recognised and supported by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) as a kite mark of excellence. Through dialogue with ministries and curriculum authorities in East Asia, we would like to offer through partnerships the opportunity for countries to adopt the International School Award, and all it stands for, as a way of recognising and rewarding those schools that have excelled in their achievements in developing an international dimension to their school.
<ul><li>THAILAND: </li></ul><ul><li>Middle leaders (deputy director, academic </li></ul><ul><li>and deputy director, budget planning) were </li></ul><ul><li>coached by leading UK school leadership </li></ul><ul><li>consultants to familiarise themselves with </li></ul><ul><li>the concept of leadership development </li></ul><ul><li>knowledge incorporating online training </li></ul><ul><li>resources. </li></ul><ul><li>Participants gained hands-on experience </li></ul><ul><li>in using the bespoke Thai language Online </li></ul><ul><li>Training Resources and the Lab Schools </li></ul><ul><li>Online Community, developed in </li></ul><ul><li>partnership with the British Council and the </li></ul><ul><li>Ministry of Education, Thailand. </li></ul>Leadership Development School Leadership Programmes in East Asia INDONESIA: School Leadership Programme – school leaders can develop their leadership skills through both training, discussions and school development projects supported by peer linking and mentoring given by colleagues from Indonesia and the UK. In Indonesia, we have worked with 90 school leaders from 11 provinces and we are now intending to focus our work with 60 more of the Sekolah Menengah Pertama Negeri (SMPN) - lower secondary school) that are designated Rintisan Sekolah Bertaraf Internasional (international standard) in 6 provinces (DKI Jakarta, West Java, Central Java, Bali, East Kalimantan, and South Sulawesi)
International Coordinators’ Training Hosted by British Council Korea in collaboration with British Councils in Japan and Taiwan, this two-day training offered valuable opportunities for participating schools to explore the roles and skills required of an international coordinator in East Asian school, as well as equip them with the core skills for the role. Participants sharing with each other their understanding of ‘What it means to be an international coordinator,’ followed by sessions on communicating a vision, team building and motivation, and basic project management skills . There was also an interactive session to find out and tackle intercultural challenges and opportunities. British Council also ran this two-day training session for teachers from Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam in Bangkok, Thailand in August 2009 and we have organised similar sessions for UK teachers, also this year.
Collaborative Curriculum Projects Central to every school partnership and embedded in the schools’ curricula. These projects instil a global dimension in young people’s learning, giving learners access to other cultures and languages and direct experience of working with people in other countries. Projects involve a range of subject disciplines and capitalise on other British Council priority areas such as English language teaching, the arts and climate change. Over the past two years, through our Connecting Classrooms Online Community, more than 20,000 young people in schools in the UK and East Asia have worked together on Connecting Classrooms projects ranging from ‘Global Citizenship’ in our ‘I’m a Global Citizen’ competition, ‘Food & Health’, ‘Climate Change’, ‘Art & Identity’ and many more. Students develop many skills through online collaboration such as ICT skills, English language and communication skills that will help them in their future lives. Many schools have now organised live web conferences using SKYPE and have really benefited from being able to see their friends ‘live’ and see what their classrooms and schools and communities look like
Collaborative Curriculum Projects In 2010 to 2011 we plan to initiate more projects through working with our teachers to ensure there is a fit with their students’ curricula and that through the work students do, they will continue to have every opportunity for communicating with their peers.
What are your priorities? KS2/Primary/Elementary Schools KS4/Upper-secondary/Sixth form/Senior High School Joint curriculum work for schools Key Stage 3 or Lower Secondary Schools/Junior High Schools Teacher Training School Leadership Development International School Award Policy-Level Curriculum Development of International Dimension in Education