STEETON Primary School has been rewarded for its international work.

It has received the British Council's prestigious International School Award.

The accolade recognises schools' outstanding achievements in global education.

Steeton pupils have been at the forefront of fostering links with children overseas.

Their international work has included Skyping schools in Finland, Poland and Italy; cross-curricular international projects and Fairtrade School activities, and taking part in a video-conference call carol concert with other pupils in Europe to commemorate the 1914 Christmas Truce.

The children also regularly participate in eTwinning programmes, and this year won the prize for best UK eTwinning project in 2014-15.

Headteacher, John Cooper, said the school is delighted to receive the latest award.

"We have created a curriculum that has both national and international relevance to our children," he added.

"The excitement it creates among the school community provides a key driver for sustained improvement in our children's core skills across the curriculum.

"Well done to the whole school community for another marvellous international achievement."

Diana Linford, the school's international co-ordinator, said: "For our pupils, working as a team internationally has become a normal part of the curriculum.

"The children love talking to their peers in other countries via Skype, which is a powerful tool for making communication easier and breaking down barriers."

The school's achievements have been praised by the British Council's chief executive, Sir Ciaran Devane.

He said: "The school's fantastic international work has rightfully earned it this prestigious award.

"The award is a great chance for schools to demonstrate the important work they're doing to bring the world into their classrooms.

"Introducing an international dimension to children's education ensures they are truly global citizens and helps prepare them for successful future careers in an increasingly global economy."

International Development Secretary, Justine Greening, added her congratulations.

"Young people must be at the heart of our work to create a safer and more prosperous world for everyone, and we need to ensure their voices are heard if we are to win the fight against global poverty," she said.

"That is why I am delighted to celebrate the international work of Steeton Primary School and the energy and passion of the young people involved.

"The International School Award is a great way of highlighting how young people have the potential to change things for the better. I'm sure schools getting involved will be broadening the horizons of their students, which will not only help their careers but benefit their wider lives in the future."

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