At St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School we are committed to encouraging all to look outwards to the wider world. We are helping children to take their World Citizenship seriously, with all its exciting possibilities and responsibilities. For several years we have enjoyed working on International projects with partners overseas and have received accreditation from the British Council in recognition of our commitment to the International Dimension of our children’s learning.

The DfE defines ‘The global dimension’ as incorporating the key concepts of global citizenship, conflict resolution, diversity, human rights, interdependence, social justice, sustainable development and values and perceptions.  It explores the interconnections between the local and the global. It builds knowledge and understanding, as well as developing skills and attitudes.

At St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School, we deliver a curriculum that allows children to explore their world on a local, national and international level to establish a real understanding of our interdependence and of people’s everyday lives. We do this through our project based learning, where children will learn about global issues on which they may want to act to change things. Children’s critical thinking and understanding of issues are developed. We work closely with our PTA, local community, Parish communities, school partnerships and the  Diocese of Westminster, amongst others, which has had the added benefit of demonstrating how local and global issues are interconnected and can be resolved successfully together.

We aspire to give all children a chance to engage in enrichment and curriculum activities that will

  • develop computing competence in meaningful contexts.
  • develop better communication skills.
  • develop confidence and self-awareness, as well as a range of other lifelong learning attributes such as teamwork, independent learning, cooperation.
  • develop competence in foreign languages.
  • develop an awareness of social cohesion and British Values.
  • develop awareness of other faiths, cultures, traditions and how the lives of children are different/similar all over the world.
  • develop a deep understanding of the world they are growing up in and will one day work in, including environmental issues.
  • develop global learners and active participants in the global community.
  • have an opportunity to apply the skills they learn to deepen studies of other countries.

We have a multi-tiered approach to our International work at St Vincent’s –

  • Displays around the school
  • Assemblies
  • eTwinning projects
  • Erasmus+ projects
  • Italian Curriculum
  • Global Scholars programme (UKS2)
  • International Professional Development for staff (CPD)
  • International Schools Award – Full Award from British Council, 2019-2022

The British Council manage many of these initiatives. Our participation in these activities allows us to broaden the opportunities for children and staff through whole school collaborative work with other schools.

For staff taking part in these International Professional Exchanges through Erasmus +, there are untold personal and professional benefits – all of which benefit the children and community of St Vincent’s, such as

  • becoming a professional ambassador for St Vincent’s and the UK teaching community
  • effective professional development for teachers as pedagogy and skills are shared between schools both here and abroad
  • having an improved bank of teaching ideas based on their own experiences of travel and working with colleagues in other countries
  • becoming more open to new teaching ideas and strategies used by teachers in other settings (while also sharing expertise)
  • having access to greater support to enable problem-solving and taking on more adventurous projects