British Council Award

The British Council is the United Kingdom’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. The British Council creates international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and builds trust between them worldwide.


The school partnerships and international education programme at the British Council goes back more than 60 years. In 1999 the Council started the International School Award accreditation scheme, and this is now a framework that supports international work in schools around the world.

About International School Award

The British Council International School Award (ISA) is a benchmarking scheme that accredits schools as having an outstanding level of support for:

Nurturing global citizenship in young people
Enriching teaching and learning

ISA was introduced in India in the year 2003 and nearly 2500 schools across the country have joined this exciting journey since then. The range of schools participating in the International School Award varies from the well-resourced private schools to government schools from rural areas and schools for the less advantaged communities. The International School Award now has a presence in 31 countries worldwide.

Key benefits of getting the International School Award:

It has a positive impact on not just the students, but also the teachers and school in entirety.

It is a leadership challenge and fosters team building, innovation, and project management.

British Council Schools Online

British Council Schools Online is the online platform that showcases and supports all our schools’ work with a variety of online tools designed to help enable teachers to interact with other teachers globally, access professional development resources and online courses, join ongoing international projects, search for partner schools in the UK and other parts of the world to work on projects.

Schools can use the community to discuss curriculum development and potential links with other teachers globally, and to access guidance from The British Council School Online Programme support staff about Connecting Classrooms and how it could work best for your school.

Work with Schools

The British Council works with a wide range of schools across India in both the public and private sectors through projects, events, courses, workshops and digital resources and platforms. From policy level engagement to head teachers’ leadership skills development, teachers’ continuing professional development, student competitions, school to school partnerships; the British Council brings the best of UK expertise and innovation in school education and facilitates mutually beneficial relationships between school systems and professionals in India and the UK.

Partner with a School

The British Council Schools Online partner-finding tool, help find partners online, with over 40,000 registered teachers and 180 countries, is the start of a journey into internationalising schools.

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