International Centre of Excellence for Community Schools

International Centre of Excellence for Community Schools

Welcome to the International Centre of Excellence for Community Schools. This is a new organisation, set up in 2009, with funding support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. It is being incubated by ContinYou.

Our aim is to build a network around community schools so that practitioners and policy makers can learn from each other – and to build on the impetus for community schools that we see flourishing all around the world.

Community schools will be different from place to place, but they share common characteristics:

  • they use the community as a resource for learning and see themselves at the heart of the community
  • they involve parents and acknowledge their role as co-educators
  • they use methods and approaches which encourage the active involvement of pupils in their own learning and encourage them to take an active role in the local community
  • they work in partnership with other agencies which share a common interest in supporting the wider community in which children grow and learn because they see the connection between health, economic development, community relations and children’s readiness to learn.

The International Centre of Excellence for Community Schools is being incubated during its early years by ContinYou and is able to establish projects and undertake commissioned work.

For any queries about this project please contact Chris Jones.


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Learning Exchange

Visit the Learning Exchange website to request support and advice and share ideas with others working in community schools. Join for FREE!