Awarded to Broadclyst Primary School by the British Council in 2011, The International School Award recognises the importance of curriculum that highlights different cultures and appreciates diversity. In an increasingly globalised world, incorporating international course material is more critical than ever. Earning this award means students are continually and successfully taught skills to interact with those not from their local community.
In 2006, thanks to the Connecting Classrooms grant from the British Council, BCPS formed a partnership with Bekumsa Biya School in Ethiopia. The Exeter-Ethiopia Link charity has been an essential component of the relationship—providing contacts and information and maintaining them. The partnership allows students to share cultural experiences and for teachers to share best practice techniques and recommendations.
Developed and introduced by BCPS in 2014, the Global Enterprise Challenge (GEC) gives students all around the world the opportunity to conceptually and physically create their own product and market it in real-life context. The initiative was launched after it won the Microsoft in Education Global Forum competition and now continues to be an annual event for students throughout Year 6 to Year 11 (age 9-11 and 12-15 categories) in more than 20 countries. GEC allows students to practise and master entrepreneurship skills.
Mejocama School, Lusaka, Zambia partnered with Broadclyst Primary School in July 2020. The school is located in East Zambia with over 500 students attending from pre-school to Grade 12. The school was established in 2012 in response local community who could not access educational services and now Mejocama School offers a quality and affordable education for this vulnerable community. The partnership helps the teachers, in both schools, to bring global learning themes into their classrooms and the projects we run strengthens the knowledge, skills and attitudes pupils need for life in todays' world.
The Microsoft Global Learning Connection is an annual virtual event that brings together students from all over the world in a variety of online activities designed to build as many global links, and accumulate as many virtual miles, as possible in just 48 hours. The students participate in video calls that feature cultural presentations, dance and poetry performances, and general Q&A. The event reinforces the trust’s mission to encourage curiosity and appreciation of diversity.