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Intercultural understanding and community cohesion
The council offers a wide variety of projects and resources to
support schools in developing the Intercultural Understanding
Strand of the Key Stage 2 framework for languages. These can also
be used to support community cohesion and to develop the
international dimension across the whole school curriculum.
These resources are constantly changing and evolving so please
contact firstname.lastname@example.org for the
most up-to-date information.
To find out more about centralised international opportunities,
International schools award
This accreditation scheme supports the development of the
international dimension and is available at three levels:
- full award.
The council can direct schools to previous recipients of the
award who can help with the application process. Regular
information evenings are held linked to the Our Medway project
Teachers’ international professional development
These study visits take place during school holidays for
teachers with more than two years experience. Every Local Authority
(LA) has a yearly allocation of places. Medway has 11 to 13 each
year. The theme of the visit is chosen by the LA in accordance with
the Department for Educations' high priority list and local
Comenius in-service continuing professional development
Funding for CPD or job shadowing in 30 European Countries is
available via the British Council (www.britishcouncil.org/comenius.htm).
School and area linking visits
Grants are available to visit schools as part of LA lead
collaborative projects. This involves a commitment to a long-term
area link and to collaborative working with other local
Grants are available to groups of eight or more schools to
enable them to meet and plan with international partners and
organise CPD in situ on shared themes.
Joint curriculum projects
Grants are available for two to three terms to work on a
collaborative project with schools in France, China or Japan.
Comenius school partnerships
Schools and organisations across Europe can apply for funding to
work on collaborative projects to enhance learning and develop life
This is the global online platform for teachers to share ideas
and work together with their students on curriculum relevant
projects. It is available in 23 languages
This is the online community and collaboration tool for schools
in 32 European countries. Find partners, develop projects and get
Locally organised international opportunities
To express an interest in any of the schemes below please email
Medway Council Twinning links
The council is twinned with several countries and funding and
support for projects with these countries can be accessed through
the International Relations Committee.
A town in France
Grants are available to schools to visit a town/school in France
as part of a wider curriculum project. All project materials
including planning, resources and pupil work are given to the LA to
disseminate to all schools. We currently have materials to support
visits to Boulogne, Lens and Montreuil available for use by
International school linking
Schools can request links to support languages in KS2 and as
part of the Our Medway 2012 project. Schools in the project are
expected to link with their allocated country in some way as part
of the curriculum offer. The council works closely with the British
Council to find suitable links for schools.
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