learning through play at BSB

BSB’s learning through play initiative shortlisted for educational award

BSB shortlisted for the Tes Awards for International Schools 2024 for play-based pedagogy

The British School of Brussels is proud to have been shortlisted as a finalist for the first ever Tes Awards for International Schools. These awards highlight the most outstanding schools and teachers the global education community has to offer. 

The shortlisted finalists have been selected by a panel of expert judges including school leaders, experts, and education researchers. After rigorous judgement from a strict set of criteria, it has been revealed that The British School of Brussels has been shortlisted for the Teaching Initiative of the Year  award. 

Learning through play at BSB

The initiative exploring play pedagogy beyond Early Years, developed by a BSB working group led by Esther O’Connor in collaboration with Press Play, focuses on incorporating learning through play throughout the school to boost independence, collaboration, and social-emotional skills.

This innovative approach, launched initially in primary and now expanding to secondary, has provoked thinking about play beyond early years and inspired, informed, supported and challenged our thinking and practice. Teachers of all age groups now embrace play-based pedagogy, leading to increased collaboration and experimentation.


Notably, the initiative involves students as play ambassadors, fostering effective cross-phase collaboration. Despite challenges, such as misconceptions about play in learning, the initiative successfully engaged respected educators and organisations. BSB’s vision for education, emphasising curiosity and well-being, shines through, empowering teachers and providing students with joyful learning experiences.

Tes Awards for International Schools

The shortlisted schools and teachers are representing 36 countries across the world. Dan Worth, International Editor for Tes Magazine said, “The Tes Awards for International Schools give our inspiring international education colleagues across the world an opportunity to celebrate educational innovation and success in a raft of important areas.” 

“The shortlist highlights some incredible achievements across the sector and showcases the best that international schools delivering either the British Curriculum or International Baccalaureate have to offer across the world.” 

The awards have been supported by leading international school associations, including BSME (British Schools in the Middle East), COBIS, (Council of British International Schools), ECIS (The Education Collaborative for International Schools), FOBISIA (Federation of British International Schools in Asia), and the IB (International Baccalaureate), a global leader in international education. 

More details on who was shortlisted can be found here: Tes Shortlist

Find out more about how our school crafts an environment that not only imparts knowledge but also nurtures creativity and curiosity: Learning at BSB

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