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1. Purpose

To promote an interest and curiosity about the wider world and a sense of European/International identify, to raise awareness of being a global citizen.

  • To encourage a respect and an understanding for other cultures, heritage and multilingualism.
  • To prepare all pupils to participate in the democratic processes at national and international level.
  • Encourage the development of links with other countries.
  • Encourage an enthusiasm for learning languages and an awareness of the benefits to be gained.
  • Provide a meaningful context for the use of ICT.

2. Rationale

Current practice

  • Identifying/reviewing areas of current practice that include an international theme.
  • Identifying/reviewing internal and external resources, both material and human.

The Curriculum (learning about)

  • Integrating the international dimension into the whole curriculum by raising awareness of appropriate curriculum links.
  • Developing an awareness of similarities and differences in lifestyle and culture in a range of other countries.
  • Enabling all pupils to participate in international activities.
  • Developing attitudes to common issues of interest and concern to young people (e.g. environment, citizenship).

The Curriculum (learning with)

  • Involving teachers, non-teaching staff, pupils, governors, parents and the wider community in a wide range of contacts with other countries.
  • Developing different ways of communicating with other countries and taking advantage of communication technology.
  • Developing opportunities to challenge prejudice, stereotypes and xenophobic attitudes.

3. Management and Professional Development

  • Identifying appropriate members of staff and governors to implement and co-ordinate the international dimension in the school.
  • Making use of external and internal programmes for staff development.
  • Using links/visits to enhance teacher development.
  • Disseminating within the school the experiences gained from such links/visits.

4. Resources

  • Allocating appropriate provision from within the school’s own resources.
  • Using external resource organisations and funding programmes to further policy aims.
  • Gathering appropriate international resources of all kinds and making them available to staff and pupils.
  • Investigating external organisations and programmes to support achieving the aims.

5. Linking to other Policies

  • Identifying and integrating other school policies that can involve an international dimension, i.e. citizenship, race equality, work-related education, special and individual needs, health education and equal opportunities.

6. Assessment, Monitoring, Recording and Reporting

Success judged by:

  • The motivation and interest displayed by pupils.
  • The development of pupils' understanding of other cultures.
  • The development of communication skills.
  • Assessment and monitoring guiding future planning and shaping of practice.
  • Evidence of work retained and reviewed.
  • Impact of any links on all parties.
  • Regular reports to governors, the governor responsible, parents and the whole school through written and oral reports.


There will be an annual review to ensure sustainability and development.
“Is the international dimension important in your school?”
“Yes, because it stops racism and it is important to learn about others’ religion and not just your own.”

7. Specific International Aims

By promoting the International Dimension across all aspects of school life it is our aim:

  • to enrich our pupils’ education through providing a broad range of international experiences across the whole school curriculum (including extra curricular activities)
  • to foster a sense of an “international identity” across the whole school community through understanding and appreciating the concept of being a ‘global citizenship’
  • to respect and to value races and cultures different from our own
  • to promote more positive attitudes towards other cultures across the whole school community
  • to enable pupils to communicate with different races and cultures across the world through the use of modern information technology.

Pupils will be given the opportunities to :

  • gain the ability to make informed perceptions of other cultures and societies
  • foster an awareness of their own culture and society and challenge their own ideas and judgements
  • raise their awareness of global issues concerning the environment, development, sustainability and interdependence of trade and give them a sense of ownership of decision-making at a global level
  • become competent and confident global citizens with a sense of achievement
  • be encouraged to develop their communication skills through the enhanced use of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT).

We believe that developing international links will:

  • further enrich the ethos of the school
  • contribute to the achievement of high standards of attainment for all pupils and teachers
  • offer a vehicle to support school improvement related activities
  • raise the profile of the school in the local community
  • assist pupils in their career decision-making

8. Monitoring Evaluation and Review

The school will review this policy annually and assess its implementation and effectiveness. The policy will be promoted and implemented throughout the school.



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