The International School Awards celebrate learning, teaching, community, wellbeing, leadership and strategic initiatives at international schools. They provide the opportunity for international schools to share best practice, creative endeavours, community participation and innovation.

This year, due to the impact of COVID-19 on schools throughout the world, many initiatives will have been developed to respond to the crisis. As a result, the judges will be looking for initiatives that show innovation and the potential for change through adversity.  


Winners of the 2021 International School Awards will be announced and recognised at a
virtual awards ceremony on Monday 18th January 2021


The International School Awards are hosted by ISC Research with the support of International School Leader Magazine.


Application forms are accessible here

Categories and criteria

12 award categories recognise innovative and rigorous initiatives that go beyond what a school would be doing as an effective international school.  

Community initiative Does your school have a student-led initiative that is having an impact on your wider community?

Wellbeing initiative Is your school addressing the unique needs of your students in a way that is having a positive impact on student wellbeing?

Initiative to support safeguarding Is your school's safeguarding initiative having a positive impact on the entire school community?

Environmental initiative Does your school raise awareness and promote change to support the environment in a way that is developing student attitudes?

Initiative to support students as future-thinking innovators Is your school encouraging students in lateral thinking for a specific purpose and in a way that is supporting future thinking and creative innovation?

Teaching and learning initiative Is your school supporting teaching and learning in original and creative ways?

Digital technology in learning initiative Is your school using digital technology to transform student learning and help develop digital responsibility?

International impact Does your school make a positive impact within your locality, or further afield?

Initiative to support inclusion Is your school integrating children with special learning needs as an equal part of the entire school community?

Initiative to support ethical values education Is your school supporting students in their development of ethical values which will encourage them to think and act as global citizens or critical thinkers?

Initiative to support students’ pathways to continued or university education Does your school support students in their pursuit of continued or university education in a way that is having a positive impact on their aspirations and choices?

Strategic leadership initiative Is your senior leadership team transforming teaching and learning in a way that’s distinguishing your school from others?


Full details of categories and evidence criteria are accessible here


Nominate your school

Applications to the international school awards 2021 are now open. All applications must be submitted no later than Wednesday 30th September 2020

Application forms are accessible here



Find out more

More information about the International School Awards, including frequently asked questions, details of the judging panel, information about last year's winners, and sponsorship opportunities are available here