International Learning Opportunities

International Learning Opportunities

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International Learning Opportunities for Students

At the International Schools Partnership (ISP), learning is at the heart of everything we do, and we want to continually provide the best learning opportunities possible for our students and their families. We believe that as part of our students’ learning journey it is important that they have the chance to experience learning outside of the classroom and connect with other ISP students. As a global group of schools our students benefit from being part of a wider international community, which provides many additional learning and cultural opportunities.

In 2018, we began to provide International Learning Opportunities for Students, with the launch of the ISP Buddy Exchange Programme, the ISP Model United Nations and the ISP International Summer Camp to link our students with each other across the world. These programmes provided memorable international and cultural learning experiences and enabled students to develop their language and communication skills, share good practice, and create long-term friendships across the world all in a safe and secure environment.
In May 2020, we launched two pilot International Learning Opportunities: the ISP Virtual Buddy Exchange Programme and the ISP Online Chess Tournament in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and due to the postponement of our other International Learning Opportunities. During these difficult and constantly changing times, with varying restrictions in place across different countries, the programmes have given our students the chance to be able to reach out beyond their own school community and continue to meet other ISP students from all over the world, whilst learning and having fun! Both pilots were extremely successful in terms of popularity and meeting their key learning outcomes. By the end of the ISP Virtual Buddy Exchange programme it connected 72 students, across 27 schools in 11 countries and there was a grand total of 135 hours of amazing virtual learning! The ISP Online Chess Tournament brought together more than 450 students from 37 schools in 12 countries!

Some of the words used so far by our students, parents and colleagues to describe our International Learning Opportunities for Students include: “Amazing”, “Educational”, “Empowering”, “Inspirational”, “Life-Changing” and “Unique”!

I have really valued the experience and it was all new for me. I think these activities change the way students perceive education. It is definitely an innovative way to teach and change education as we know it.

I think the VBEP has been going really well and I have already made two new friends. I enjoyed meeting new people and learning about their interests and culture. It was a unique experience and I look forward for our next video calls.

It’s an experience that will change your life, from debating with other countries to making long-lasting Friendships.

I LOVED SEEING MY STUDENTS BEING PASSIONATE ABOUT GLOBAL SOLUTIONS, DEVELOPING THEIR FULL POTENTIAL AND MAKING NEW FRIENDS.

I wanted to take part because I saw it as an opportunity to learn new cultures, meet new people and get to know about different schools.

Students learn a new way to live. From a personal point of view, it’s a really amazing way to grow, because they experience being away from home, in a different culture, and obviously it enhances their language skills.

Due to the incredible success of our International Learning Opportunities and our pilot virtual programmes, we are now excited to be launching further International Learning Opportunities for Students during 2020/21. We are offering 11 programmes in total and they will now be available to a wider age range of students from 5 – 18 years of age, enabling more of our students around the world to join in on these new learning experiences. They will also offer a more diverse mix of subject areas, which we hope will appeal to all of our students, no matter their passions or interests. They will be delivered via a mix of delivery methods: online, in school and some will include in-person experiences abroad once it is safe to travel internationally again.

We are delighted to be able to offer the following International Learning Opportunities for 20/21:

PROGRAMME

AGE RANGE

ISP Buddy Exchange Programme

14 – 17

ISP Virtual Buddy Exchange Programme

12 – 17

ISP Model United Nations

13 – 18

ISP International Summer Camp

12 – 14

ISP Maths Challenge

5 – 18

ISP English Language Challenge

5 – 18

ISP Film Festival 

13 – 18

I am an ISP Scientist

8 – 14

ISP Futures

5 – 18

ISP Chess Tournament

5 – 18

Street Child United Charity Partnership

5 – 18

Through all our International Learning Opportunities we want to give our students the chance to gain valuable learning and cultural experiences with students from other countries in safe and secure environments. We also want to ensure that our students and their families have the very best international experience possible and they are amazed by the levels of learning each child will personally experience.

All of the programmes share several main objectives and aim to provide memorable experiences that enable our students to:

  • Develop their language and communication skills
  • Experience different cultures
  • Cultivate long-term friendships with students from other countries
  • Offer students the chance to come together and interact digitally

 

We are also dedicated to providing our students with the best learning experiences possible and all of our International Learning Opportunities focus on several of the key learning outcomes listed below:

To gain more knowledge of:

  • Foreign education systems and new subjects
  • Geography, History, Digital Media, STEAM
  • Different lifestyles, cultures and traditions

To develop their:

  • Language and communication skills
  • Soft skills including independence, organisation, responsibility, confidence, teamwork, leadership
  • Critical thinking

Improve their understanding of:

  • Education and learning in a broader context
  • Awareness of their capabilities, strengths and weaknesses
  • Cultural differences, sensitivity and awareness
  • Social responsibility, human rights and sustainability
  • Becoming a global citizen

We are committed to continuously improving the learning opportunities available to our students and supporting all of our schools to become the school of choice in their local area. We want to continue to get better, together.

We look forward to welcoming more or our students and their families to be part of our International Learning Opportunities in the future. Explore more about each of the individual programmes.

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