Schools win prestigious award

Year 6 pupils hold artwork they created with youngsters from South Africa
Year 6 pupils hold artwork they created with youngsters from South Africa

FIVE schools have been praised for their international links during a prestigious awards ceremony.

Clavering Primary School, Rift House Primary School, and English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College, all Hartlepool, have been joined by Shotton Hall Primary School, in Peterlee, and Roseberry Primary School, in Billingham, to be highlighted for awards from the British Council.

The International School Award is an accreditation scheme for curriculum-based international work in schools.

It celebrates educators that have improved their teaching by joining forces with international partner schools and carry out a range of activities and international work across the curriculum.

Clavering Primary School won recognition after forming international partnerships with St Mark’s School, in Ghana, Makini School, in Kenya, Kaputu School, in Malawi, and TLC School, in South Africa.

Neil McAvoy, deputy headteacher and international schools co-ordinator, said: “Teachers in all phases in the school embrace the opportunity to develop the global dimension and international ethos.

“At Clavering we view the school’s ‘international dimension’ as an opportunity to extend our pupils’ views of the world and help them to explore their perceptions.

“Teachers also appreciate that our international dimension helps our pupils to recognise connections and interdependencies and to think critically about different cultural, economic and political perspectives.”

The awards were due to be presented at a ceremony today at the Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle.