International Schools Awards British Council

The International School Award is a badge of honour for schools that showcase outstanding work in international education, such as through links with partner schools overseas. Fostering an international dimension in the curriculum is at the heart of the British Council’s work with schools so that young people gain the cultural understanding and skills they need to live and work as global citizens.

The British Council International School Award started in 1999 to recognise the schools leading the way in instilling and developing a global dimension into the learning experience of all children and young people. It is managed by the British Council.

The award is now available worldwide in countries such as United Kingdom, India, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Lebanon, Cyprus and Pakistan as part of the British Council’s Connecting Classrooms programme. Around 5,000 International School Awards have been presented to successful schools in the UK since the scheme began in 1999.

The International School Award encourages and supports schools to develop:

  • An international ethos embedded throughout the school
  • A majority of pupils within the school impacted by and involved in international work
  • Collaborative curriculum-based work with a number of partner schools
  • Curriculum-based work across a range of subjects
  • Year-round international activity
  • Involvement of the wider community

How to apply?

Any school can find out how to apply by visiting

British Council Schools Online is a supportive ‘one stop shop’ to help schools find international opportunities and teaching resources, including details about the British Council International School Award.

ISA 2018

In 2018, eight schools in Nigeria were awarded the British Council’s prestigious International School Award in recognition of their work to bringing the world into the classroom.

These eight schools were – Child of Promise School (Lagos), Hallmark School (Lagos), Linsy High School (Lagos), Linsy Nursery & Primary School (Lagos), M.D. School (Lagos), Olumawu School (Abuja), Riverside Montessori School (Ogun) and Supreme Education Foundation Schools (Lagos)

Some of the range of international work taken on by the various schools include ‘Creating Wealth from Waste’, ‘Cultural Diversity’, ‘Learn my Language’, ‘Life in Slums’, ‘Child Labour’, ‘Saving the Girl Child’, ‘Nature Conservation & Natural Resources’ and “Sustaining World Peace’.