Special needs school in Welwyn Garden City receives International School Award

Tanis Laing accepting the award from Sir Ciaran Devane, CEO of the British Council
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Tanis Laing accepting the award from Sir Ciaran Devane, CEO of the British Council Picture: James Gifford Mead - Credit: Archant

A Welwyn Garden City-based school for pupils with special needs has been honoured at the British Council International School Awards.

Lakeside School in Lemsford Lane, which caters for pupils with learning difficulties and autism, was given the award in recognition of its work to “bring the world into the classroom”.

The school’s international work includes giving opportunities for the pupils to travel and learn by visiting partner schools in Belgium, Germany and Estonia.

Tanis Lang, Lakeside’s international coordinator, said: “Lakeside has worked hard to embed international learning throughout the school.

“Staff have had opportunities to learn from taking part in the Erasmus plus international programme and students have benefitted hugely in travelling within Europe.


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“Last June visitors from six EU countries came to Lakeside to train in special needs teaching, autism and outdoor learning.”

Tanis Lang was also the recipient of the WHT’s Teacher of the Year Award for 2016.

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Sir Ciarán Devane, CEO of the British Council, said: “The school’s fantastic international work has rightfully earned it this prestigious award.

“The International School Award is a great chance for schools to demonstrate the important work they’re doing to bring the world into their classrooms.

“Embedding an international dimension in children’s education ensures that they are truly global citizens and helps prepare them for successful lives and careers in an increasingly global economy.”

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