VITALIS Course:
Growing International Mindedness


Every year the World Economic Forum publishes a list of the skills that it believes are going to determine not only individual success, but also global economic, social and political success. All of these things will matter, but none of these is a subject that we teach in school.


Course Growing International Mindedness
UN Goals for Sustainable Development

 Who is this course for?

    The VITALIS Course Growing International Mindedness is offered for:

  • Groups of Students Leaders/School Council/Prefects/Senior students
  • Older students in Youth Clubs/Organisation with responsibility
  • Students beginning their G11/12 programme in school or college
  • Students at the end of their compulsory education

  • This course will be particularly valuable for students and teams responsible for leading the discussion around internationalisation, and developing and implementing a strategy to grow the international mindedness of the community. The course will be run with groups from three or four other countries to enhance the participants’ own international experience and understanding.


 What will you get from this course?

    This course will prepare teachers and students to:

  • Think more critically about the information they receive and use to develop their understanding of the world.
  • Contribute to discussions and action on international issues that will grow the international mindedness of their community.
  • Become better team members in the wider community when they leave their school.
  • See and take opportunities to use what is happening locally, nationally and globally to develop the vocabulary and international understanding of their community.

 Some of the BIG questions that we will explore:


  • What does International Mindedness mean? Moving beyond flags, food and festivals?
  • Whose definition of International Mindedness do we use?
  • What puts the ‘international’ in International Education?
  • How does International Mindedness support subject learning?
  • How does International Mindedness make a difference?

 How will the course be delivered?

    At VITALIS it is very important that we are always able to turn learning into action; our courses are no different. We use a variety of Workshops, Seminars, Case Studies, Activities and Visits in which participants will contribute to the content and create products that can be implemented when they return to their schools.


 Who will be delivering the course?

    VITALIS’s education team has years of experience in government, private and international schools in Europe and around the world. Their experience includes classroom teaching, department leadership, pastoral care, residential education and senior leadership as principal, head of school and CEO. Our professional educational courses are delivered by members of this team.

    Courses at VITALIS are delivered in a way that engages the participants in the practice and delivery of the Workshops, Seminars, Case Studies and Activities that we use as the vehicle for teaching and learning. Every participant will have the opportunity to grow in confidence and experience as a practitioner which will have a positive impact on their day-to-day work and on their learning.As with all of our professional courses, participants must be able to share their ideas and read in English.