School Excellence for Relocation & Transition Care

International School of London (ISL)

Winner of the 2022 Think Global People for School Excellence for Relocation & Transition Care: ISL
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Healthy transitions are a cornerstone of education. Research shows that if a child’s emotional needs aren’t met during school transitions, then the child cannot learn. A family that feels settled is therefore also essential. The many wellbeing benefits of good transitions extend through life, creating at the very least a set of skills to build resilience and cultural awareness.
“At ISL the importance of transition care and looking after the wellbeing of our families is so important”
This important category therefore recognises schools – state, independent and international schools in any country – that provide a significant contribution to the successful relocation of pupils and their families.The winner, International School of London, has a well-earned reputation for its world-leading inclusive transitions support. The International Baccalaureate (IB) World School has an embedded mother tongue/home language programme (of 24 languages), dedicated relocation and transitions-care support and 50 years’ experience delivering education excellence to children aged 3 to 18.

A ready-made community with tailored support

The International School of London – recognised with an honourary membership of transitions charity, Safe Passage Across Networks (SPAN) – puts education at the heart of healthy relocations for every family member, supports the wider relocation community and makes a huge impact on people’s lives.The Admissions team, working closely with employers, DSPs and school-search expertise, supports healthy transitions from every angle, including for staff joining the school. The approach is embraced by ISL’s leaders who foster staff empowerment.Students and families are welcomed into ISL’s ready-made community, with first languages a critical aspect of helping people feel settled and valuing the school’s diversity.From the start of each individual student and family’s journey, ISL’s dedicated Transitions Team co-design with their Admissions colleagues tailored transitions programmes, which continue throughout the family’s time at ISL.This includes support and advice to find suitable accommodation, peer support matching, transitions care workshops, English language support, regular student support meetings with assessments covering emotional and academic progress, and counselling support.

‘Families need special care’

Every aspect of ISL’s extensive and highly valued transitions care approach is delivered by a passionate workforce inspired by the students and families they work with.Parents gave exceptionally moving testimonials as to how ISL’s excellent transition and relocation support had made a real difference to their lives. “When we landed at ISL after the huge Beirut blast my daughter was distraught,” said one. “A truly skilled team made her transition smooth. The level of attention given to students’ wellbeing is exceptional.”The judges said, “ISL is dedicated to excellence in all respects and its transitions support provides a service that is praised by relocation companies, education consultants, HR, parents, and children alike.”Accepting this inspirational award, Claudine Hakim, Head of Advancement, International School of London, said: “It means a lot to us because at ISL the importance of transition care and looking after the wellbeing of our families is so important. The transient world we are living in today, and just coming out of the pandemic, families need special care.Through collaboration with the world of mobility, we are all working together for the good of the people we serve.” 
The award was collected by Claudine Hakim, Head of Advancement, Transitions & External Relations International School of London.
The award was collected by Claudine Hakim, Head of Advancement, Transitions & External Relations International School of London.Visit the International School of London website
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