Our International Links

An international dimension is embedded into our curriculum at Washingborough Academy and is something we have worked extremely hard on over the years. We want our pupils to become ‘Global Citizens’ in this increasingly connected world that we live in. Therefore, we ensure that we provide a range of opportunities for our pupils across the whole curriculum including: hosting international exchange visits, participating in international project exchanges, celebrating festivals from many cultures, international food activities, learning about specific countries and investigating the environment and sustainable futures.

Through our international work we have created numerous international partner schools across the world from: Poland, Slovenia, China, Morocco and Italy (to name only some). These links have been created through the school participating in a number of Erasmus and British Council funded projects over the years.

Our work with these international schools and organisations involves staff visiting the countries for their own career development, for children to explore each partner country through the eyes of the staff visiting, carry out project work which involves the exchanging of work, photographs and presentations and to meet the children of our international partner schools virtually.

Current international projects and links:

International Education Week – 13th – 17th November 2023

In a celebration of linguistic diversity, Washingborough Academy proudly partnered with Osnovna šola Brusnice school in Slovenia during International Education Week. This collaborative effort aimed to immerse our students in a rich exploration of languages from around the world, deepening their global awareness and fostering a greater understanding of different cultures.

Key Highlights of the Week:

  1. Language Exploration: Throughout the week, our students delved into the captivating world of languages, guided by engaging activities and lessons. From uncovering the nuances of pronunciation to learning common phrases, our children were enthralled by the beauty and diversity of languages.
  2. Cultural Exchange with Slovenia: The heart of our celebration was the collaboration with our partner school in Slovenia. Through virtual exchanges, students had the opportunity to interact with their Slovenian peers, sharing insights into their own cultures and gaining a first-hand understanding of life beyond their immediate surroundings.
  3. Global Awareness: The exploration of languages served as a gateway to heightened global awareness. Students developed an appreciation for the vast tapestry of human communication, recognising that language is not just a tool for expression but a window into the traditions, values, and perspectives of diverse communities.

Please follow the link below to view the cultural exchange between children from both countries.

https://sway.office.com/CpRsrGMYqw9EjYmH?ref=Link

Learn 4 Earth

Learn4Earth is an Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership which includes 9 partners in total, representing 5 European countries – Denmark, Slovenia, United Kingdom, Spain, and Italy. Through the Learn4Earth project we will working with our international partners to raise the overall awareness about environmental and climate change challenges for pupils in European schools.

Key Objectives:

  • To develop key competencies in various sustainability-relevant subjects
  • To support the testing of innovative practices to prepare children to become true factors of change
  • To enhance teachers’ education and continuous professional development by developing innovative interdisciplinary teaching approaches and promote and support competence-oriented teaching and learning within the fields of Climate, Environment and Food
  • To enable behavioural changes for children and their food preferences, consumption habits and lifestyles through education and training

Please visit the project website to learn more:

Learn4Earth

Learn 4 Earth – Guardians of the Earth

DEMETER – Developing Interdisciplinary Methodologies in Education Through Enhanced Relationships between schools and farms

The DEMETER project is an Erasmus+ partnership and is a collaboration between schools, representatives of farmers, and institutions aimed at analysing the practices already existing and for the first time will develop a coherent and structured interdisciplinary methodology that will link the subjects taught in primary schools to learning activities carried out in farms or with the help of farmers. The benefit of the research and development in this field are several: equipping teachers with innovative tools, increasing collaboration between education and business sector, increase collaboration among teacher’s different subject at school and further fostering local development.

Please visit the project website to learn more:

DEMETER

 

Sustainable Future – Learning from Life to Life!

Learning from Life to Life is an Erasmus+ project with the objective to give knowledge to teachers about healthy living, recycling and saving environmental resources. The main goal of this project is the sharing of information and knowledge about environmental education and sustainable future throughout Europe and to inspire and empower pupils.

The participants in this project involve schools in Finland, Czech Republic and Slovenia.  Approximately 880 children and 150 personnel will benefit indirectly from the activities organised by the project.  There are six main themes that are being covered by the project: Food Education, Recycling and Sorting, Waste handling and Energy production, Saving Energy, Water and Climate warming.

Please click on the link below to see some of our work relating to this project:

Sustainable Christmas

 

Digital Food Education

Digital Food Education is an EU Erasmus+ funded project that aims to enable schools and teachers to access training resources remotely through digital tools. Together, working with partners from the Soil Association, UK and consultancies in Czech Republic, Austria and Slovenia, we will explore the ‘why’ and ‘how’ teachers should equip themselves with digital competences, create online training in food education, share good practice of digital food education and resources and produce an online platform that can be shared and accessed more widely.

 

There are four outputs for this project:

 

IO1 – Support for teachers in adapting to online training and education

 

IO2 – Food education online training resources

 

IO3 – Demonstrating innovation and digital best practice

 

IO4 – E-learning portal adapted to partner countries and languages

 

Find out more at digitalfoodeducation.eu

 

International Policy 2021-24