Q: Can I list in my action plan the activities that my school started and completed in the past?
A: No, the activities from previous academic years (those that started and finished in the past) are not eligible for the Re/Accreditation level application. This application is not a report as oppose to the Foundation and Intermediate certificate.
Q: Can I list in my action plan the activities that my school started in the past but that are ongoing?
A: Yes, you might consider including the ongoing international projects which could have started in the past but were extended into this academic year and a significant part of the activity is going to happen during the application year yet.
Q: Can I include the future activities?
A: It is up to you and depends on the activity; however, at least part of the activity must happen during the application year. In other words, you can include the activity starting this academic year and is not completed by the submission of the Impact Evaluation and in such aspect is ongoing. Please make sure the majority of the activities must be completed prior to the submission of the Impact Evaluation so that the impact can be measured.
Q: When do I hear the outcome of my application?
A: We aim to email notifications to all applicants within six weeks from the deadline date.
Q: What will I receive as recognition of my success?
A: A school will receive an expert feedback and guidance on how to maintain its international work and progress within the International School Award. Also, a school receives the media pack containing the press release template, the Award logo (=kitemark) advice on how to build awareness through social media and the local press as well as a certificate of achievement which is sent out by post in few weeks after the email notification.
Q: What if my application is deferred?
A: You will receive a feedback and recommendations for improvement and will be given chance to resubmit the application.
Q: When does my Accreditaiton/Reaccreditaiton Award expire?
A: By successful submission and approval of the Impact Evaluation, a school is accredited for three years, e.g. from 1 September 2016 to 31 August 2019 (valid for schools applying during 2015/16). To retain your re/accreditation status a school needs to reapply during third year of accreditation (e.g. if the award expires on 31 August 2019, you will need to reapply during the 2018/2019 academic year. The ISA team will contact you nearer the time to confirm the accreditation process.
Q: What if my accreditation/reaccreditation award lapses – should I go for Accreditation or Reaccreditation?
A: Despite the fact your award lapsed you do not need to start the whole process from scratch. Once a school gains the Accreditation (Full Award) status, they can always follow up with Reaccreditation. The only difference is that your school is not keeping the status for the lapsed years and should remove the ISA logo from its website until reaccredited.
Q: I have just submitted Intermediate application. Can I use the same activity for my Accreditation action plan?
A: It depends. Principally, the Intermediate application is listing the activities that happened in the past while the Accreditaiton award is forward heading and for the same reason the time framework of the activities should be different. However, if school gains its Intermediate Certificate in spring and then submits the Statement of Intent by the same time, the activities will be from this academic year and are eligible for the application.
Q: How long should an activity run?
A: This is entirely up to you and depends on the type of activity. The assessors prefer to see a kind of activity which has developed over a course of the academic year and this way could be embedded effectively into your school’s curriculum as it brings the aspect of sustainability into your international work.
If you put into comparison a one day activity and the activity which has started by the beginning of the academic year, developed over a period of months and finished by the end of the academic year, the second scenario results in the long-term impact on your pupils and is well embedded into the curriculum. This can be reached for instance by introducing a series of activities that are widespread throughout the whole academic year (e.g. French holidays) and reflect/build up on the previous sessions.
For more information or to discuss your activity proposals, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or +44(0)207 389 4620.