Faculty of Applied Learning - The International Dimension

The International Dimension

'We live in one world. What we do affects others - and what others do affects us - as never before. The world faces major challenges. The UK occupies a unique position in this world. Our vision is of the UK as a confident, outward-looking society and a leading edge economy playing its full part in the world. To support that, we have identified three key goals, each with associated priorities for action:

Goal 1: Equipping our children, young people and adults for life in a global society and work in a global economy

Goal 2: Engaging with our international partners to achieve their goals and ours

Goal 3: Maximising the contribution of our education and training sector and university research to overseas trade and inward investment'

Source: Putting the World into World-Class Education: An international strategy for education, skills and children's services.
(DCSF 2004)

At HACA we are actively working towards goals 1 and 2 by helping our students to become better global citizens. Over the past few years we have been recognised for the hard work we have put into this area as we have been awarded the Full International Schools Award. We are currently working towards reaccreditation to highlight the excellent work that continues in the area of the International Dimension.

To do this we have been involved with a number of projects with the British Council. Primarily the Connecting Classrooms project, where we worked with 5 schools in Sylhet, Bangladesh. These projects have involved students from many year groups and include activities ranging from letters and gift boxes to joint Fair Trade projects. To further develop our working relationships teaching staff from both countries have visited each other over the past 5 years.

We actively encourage developing our students knowledge of the world through many curriculum areas and as an academy we have a number of trips abroad each year.

We have also participated in another global link to a school in Beirut, Lebanon, and worked on a project through the British Council's 'connecting classrooms' programme. Again these projects have involved students from many year groups and include activities ranging from writing letters to creating and editing videos to exchange with the school in Lebanon. To further develop our working relationships teaching staff from both countries have visited each other. 

For more information please use the links below.

Fair Trade
www.fairtrade.org.uk/

Connecting Classrooms
http://www.britishcouncil.org/learning-connecting-classrooms.htm