About the Partner Schools Global Network (PSGN)
The Partner Schools Global Network (PSGN) is the community of schools that offer an international curriculum from the UK leading to exams such as GCSE and A level, administered by the British Council on behalf of the UK awarding bodies (Cambridge International, Pearson International and Oxford AQA).
The PSGN also allows us to go beyond offering exams services. We offer support to over 4,000 leaders, 50,000 teachers and over 1 million students in 2000 partner schools across 34 countries around the world through access to professional development, access to educational resources and networking opportunities.
As part of British Council’s commitment to providing continuous professional development opportunities for teachers and leaders, it launched the PSGN Online Support for School platform, which offers 50 training modules on topics like lesson management, child protection, and professional development. Over 150,000 modules have been completed by over 40,000 registered teachers.
In Egypt, we support over 140 partner schools and 130,000 students. The British Council recently launched the Science Stars competition and Code Club, which attracted almost 1000 students in the first few months.
Egypt recently hosted the annual Schools Now! Conference which built on the successes of previous conferences in Abu Dhabi, Sri Lanka, Jordan and last years’ online conference.
PSGN Schools Now! Conference 2020
Schools Now is a global conference that fosters pedagogical innovation across partner schools within British Council’s Partner Schools Global Network (PSGN). It is a networking opportunity where school leaders from around the globe get to share experiences and knowledge.
The fifth Schools Now! conference took place in Cairo, Egypt in March 2020 and was inaugurated by Elizabeth White, Country Director of the British Council in Egypt; Geoffrey Adams, British ambassador to Egypt and the Egyptian Deputy Minister of Education, Reda Higazy.
Over 300 delegates from 20 countries came to learn about the crucial role that leaders play in internationalising schools, the importance of core 21st century skills alongside intercultural understanding, and the significant role technology plays in creating opportunities for the school community to make connections with the wider world.
In opening the conference, Elizabeth White, Country Director of British Council in Egypt talked about how PSGN creates opportunities for working together and develops young people to be globally minded.
The Deputy Minister of Education, Mr. Rega Hegazy, spoke about how education is the goal of life, and in light of today’s digital transformation, the goal is not to spoon-feed students with information, but to create global thinkers who are capable of critical thinking, of reflecting on the wider world around them, and of working collaboratively, to be able participate in current global conversations.
Delegates were encouraged to explore how we can develop a vision and culture for schools through international education, compelling learning, wider community involvement and effective communication, to ultimately prepare students for the challenges of a global society. They did this through keynote sessions, interactive workshops and panel discussions.
The conference also explored how we can utilise STEAM education (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) as a means to achieving the 2030 sustainable development goals. In such educational settings, students work together to solve problems related to their society, helping them establish a sense of ownership and global citizenship where everyone is accountable for their actions as change agents.
In addition to the 300 delegates who attended the conference, a further 24,000 school leaders and teachers were able to attend via livestreamed sessions. Feedback from conference delegates has been incredibly positive.
Your World Competition Regional and Global Winners
The regional and global winners of the Your World video making competition were also announced at Schools Now!
Congratulations to the team of students from Al Iman International School in Sri Lanka on being the global winners of the PSGN Your World video making competition for students aged 14-17 years old. The theme of this competition was ‘Waters of the world’. Students were asked to identify a community and make a short video that looks at an issue related to water, the impact on a community and put forward a solution.
The winning team demonstrated a high level of collaboration, creativity and problem solving in making their video. The students were also able to draw on their cross-curricular knowledge and consult with experts on their idea. The production work was excellent, and the message was clearly communicated throughout.
You can watch the winning video here