International Summer School for Teens

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by International Summer School for Teens's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from International Summer School for Teens is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

Directors Carey and Daniel Rowe
Specialist classes
International Summer School for Teens plays host to over
200 students each summer in Stirling, offering a vast range
of academic and vocational opportunities. With a wealth of
experience in the international education sector, informed by
spending her school years in five different countries, Carey
Rowe founded ISSFT in 2014. Carey tells
The Parliamentary
how the ISSFT team aim to empower young people
and provide them with a range of skills that will allow them to
pursue exciting careers in the future.
We founded International Summer School for Teens in order to offer students from
across the globe the opportunity to learn and develop friendships over a three-
week programme. As a child, I attended an international school in Kenya, among
other places, and the experience left me with a passion for international education.
The summer schools are now based at Stirling University and aim to empower
young people while providing them with real life skills.
How it works
Our students come from around the world, with a number of them arriving from
the EU, Asia, Russia, Africa, Middle East and the Americas. The course provides
them with an opportunity to develop skills, build new relationships and remain
productive over the summer, offering them access to world-class sports facilities,
places of cultural significance and renowned universities throughout Scotland. All
students enrolled in the course have to attend for the entire programme, in order
to fulfil the tailored curriculum. Similarly, we will try to ensure that there is a diverse
»Directors: Carey and Daniel
»Founded in 2014
»Based in Stirling, Scotland
»No. of employees: 32
»Services: Summer school for
students aged between 12
and 17
International Summer
School for Teens
Highlighting best practice
range of nationalities present in order
to avoid cliques between students who
share a language. Integration is a vital
aspect of our school and we want all
students to embrace this.
Every day, our students complete an
academic class in the morning and
an elective class in the afternoon.
Our academic options are English,
Study Skills, Global Entrepreneurship,
Introduction to Law and Environmental
Science, while our elective options
are Golf, Tennis, Computer Coding,
Theatre, Sports Leadership and
Photography. Our golfers have played
Gleneagles and the Old Course at
St Andrews, and our tennis players
train at the National Tennis Centre.
The coding class is pioneering with
a specific focus on encouraging
young women into the field, and
our entrepreneurship classes give
students the resources to start their
own businesses. The school provides a
genuine learning experience and offers
opportunities to visit world-leading
institutions and locations.
Developing a high-quality
We both have an international
commercial background, working
in cross-border headhunting and
marketing. This experience gave us
a sophisticated understanding of
the demands of the foreign market
and we combined this with our
genuine passion for education and
development. We want our service
to help potential future leaders build
a unique range of skills and gain
experience in co-operating with their
peers from around the world.
Our classes are very forward-
thinking and have a clear focus on
environmental issues and technological
advances. Young people are tech
savvy but are also passionate about
protecting the environment in a
way that perhaps older generations
aren’t. As a result, we have tailored
our classes to deal with these issues
on a global scale. Our ambition is to
develop a group of young people who
are aspirational and aim to become
future leaders.
Our international clientele is incredibly
diverse. To respond to their demands,
we have taken time to build
relationships in order to understand
how we can offer a service that caters
for a wide range of motivations. We
communicate openly with the families
and our students, taking their feedback
on board and then tailoring our service
to meet group and individual passions.
To ensure our service evolves and
improves year on year, we invest in our
staff, looking for intelligent, hungry
university students and graduates
Theatre production
Inter-house competition
The school
provides a
and offers
to visit world-
and locations
to support our programmes. We
offer them specialised training and
help them develop careers after they
Our growth has been organic and
largely based on referrals. We have
numerous returning students every
summer and welcome siblings of
students from previous years, and
we are already taking bookings for
2019. We find space for any student
on the programme, regardless of
their academic background, and
our diverse offerings mean all our
students can find something they
excel at. Provided they speak a basic
level of English, which is necessary to
allow them to fully engage with the
programme, we work on a first come,
first served basis.
Challenges and the future
Brexit could have an impact on our
service, with the extent of such
an impact being determined by
the outcome of negotiations. The
uncertainty surrounding the process
has caused some difficulties, but we
are confident that our year-on-year
growth in student numbers shows
we have been able to weather these
potential issues. The way international
students view the UK is a concern, but
it retains a world-leading reputation for
education, to which we offer unique
access. Scottish Independence was a
similar concern, but our international
and European outlook still resonates
with our clients.
Our strapline is that we are “proud
to do things differently”. We are
innovative, forward thinking and
passionate about the progression of
our students. We continually reinvest
in our service and we recruit bright,
ambitious young people who help
make our schools what they are. As
we look to the future, we will monitor
the outcome of Brexit carefully and we
will assess our options with regards
to expanding into Europe. We remain
optimistic, however, and we are
excited to offer more students a life-
changing learning experience.
We are
thinking and
about the
progression of
our students

This article was sponsored by International Summer School for Teens. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from The Rt Hon Theresa May MP.

The Rt Hon Theresa May MP's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By The Rt Hon Theresa May MP

This foreword from the then Prime Minister appeared in the 2018/19 Parliamentary Review.

British politics provides ample material for analysis in the pages of The Parliamentary Review. For Her Majesty’s Government, our task in the year ahead is clear: to achieve the best Brexit deal for Britain and to carry on our work to build a more prosperous and united country – one that truly works for everyone. 

The right Brexit deal will not be sufficient on its own to secure a more prosperous future for Britain. We also need to ensure that our economy is ready for what tomorrow will bring. Our Modern Industrial Strategy is our plan to do that. It means Government stepping up to secure the foundations of our productivity: providing an education system that delivers the skills our economy needs, improving school standards and transforming technical education; delivering infrastructure for growth; ensuring people have the homes they need in the places they want to live. It is all about taking action for the long-term that will pay dividends in the future.

But it also goes beyond that. Government, the private sector and academia working together as strategic partners achieve far more than we could separately. That is why we have set an ambitious goal of lifting UK public and private research and development investment to 2.4 per cent of GDP by 2027. It is why we are developing four Grand Challenges, the big drivers of social and economic change in the world today: harnessing artificial intelligence and the data revolution; leading in changes to the future of mobility; meeting the challenges of our ageing society; and driving ahead the revolution in clean growth. By focusing our efforts on making the most of these areas of enormous potential, we can develop new exports, grow new industries and create more good jobs in every part of our country.

Years of hard work and sacrifice from the British people have got our deficit down by over three quarters. We are building on this success by taking a balanced approach to public spending. We are continuing to deal with our debts, so that our economy can remain strong and we can protect people’s jobs, and at the same time we are investing in vital public services, like our NHS. We have set out plans to increase NHS funding annually by an average by 3.4 percent in real terms: that is £394 million a week more. In return, the NHS will produce a ten-year plan, led by doctors and nurses, to eliminate waste and improve patient care.

I believe that Britain can look to the future with confidence. We are leaving the EU and setting a new course for prosperity as a global trading nation. We have a Modern Industrial Strategy that is strengthening the foundations of our economy and helping us to seize the opportunities of the future. We are investing in the public services we all rely on and helping them to grow and improve. Building on our country’s great strengths – our world-class universities and researchers, our excellent services sector, our cutting edge manufacturers, our vibrant creative industries, our dedicated public servants – we can look towards a new decade that is ripe with possibility. The government I lead is doing all it can to make that brighter future a reality for everyone in our country. 

British politics provides ample material for analysis in the pages of The Parliamentary Review 
The Rt Hon Theresa May MP
Prime Minister