International School      PartnershipsDeveloping Sustainability
From initial links to long term            impact  The road map for schools?
Practitioners’ Viewpoint   Trust needs to be built in from outset   Whole school approach essential   Importance of vis...
What works? Start small Planned visits Professional development built in Select relevant curricular developments Team...
Challenges Language barriers ICT availability Unequal commitment Expectations too high ‘Add ons’ Too little planning...
CfE‘The title ‘experiences and outcomes’recognises the importance of the qualityand nature of the learning experience inde...
International Partnerships   Experiences and OutcomesDalmarnock Primary School, Glasgow City                   Council    ...
Continuing on the RoadChildren’s skills in literacy grew as they wrote to theirfriends, they presented to committees at Gl...
Developing the link‘Keen for the work to continue after theinitial excitement the two teachers planneda topic together bas...
And there’s always more!Experiences and Outcomes‘The Comenius project involved every child in our schooland covered all as...
Sustaining the link‘At the end of the project we had to look atways we could continue to link in ameaningful way without t...
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International School Partnerships-Developing Sustainability

  1. 1. International School PartnershipsDeveloping Sustainability
  2. 2. From initial links to long term impact The road map for schools?
  3. 3. Practitioners’ Viewpoint Trust needs to be built in from outset Whole school approach essential Importance of visits Long term fundraising plan Partnership committee rather that individual Relevance to school improvement plans Integrated curriculum outcomes
  4. 4. What works? Start small Planned visits Professional development built in Select relevant curricular developments Teamwork Pupil visits essential Integrated whole school approach
  5. 5. Challenges Language barriers ICT availability Unequal commitment Expectations too high ‘Add ons’ Too little planning time
  6. 6. CfE‘The title ‘experiences and outcomes’recognises the importance of the qualityand nature of the learning experience indeveloping attributes and capabilities andin achieving active engagement,motivation and depth of learning. Anoutcome represents what is to beachieved’
  7. 7. International Partnerships Experiences and OutcomesDalmarnock Primary School, Glasgow City Council A Case Study Beginning the journey…‘Our partnership with a small school on the Greek island of Antiparos began with two classes in what we hoped would be an e- twinning project’
  8. 8. Continuing on the RoadChildren’s skills in literacy grew as they wrote to theirfriends, they presented to committees at GlasgowCity Council and LTS (now Education Scotland).They read and heard stories from ancient times . ITwork became more relevant as they madepowerpoint presentations to use at meetings, and theDVDs that were sent to Greece . The project alsocovered aspects of Heath and Well Being as well asSocial Studies
  9. 9. Developing the link‘Keen for the work to continue after theinitial excitement the two teachers planneda topic together based on the street ourschools are in. The Greek children foundit difficult to comprehend 24 hourshopping, cinema complexes, shoppingcentres and just the general buzz of beingon one of Glasgow’s major roads’
  10. 10. And there’s always more!Experiences and Outcomes‘The Comenius project involved every child in our schooland covered all aspects of the curriculum. It met theprinciples of Curriculum for Excellence and saw thechildren working collaboratively within classes andacross all stages of the school. We worked with TheRoyal Conservatoire to write and produce a musicalbased on the book ‘The Rainbow Fish’ incorporating allsongs in all languages of our partner schools, Childrenproduced books, a website, a blog, a wiki. We mademovies. We held an international art exhibition that wasfeatured on Italian national television.’
  11. 11. Sustaining the link‘At the end of the project we had to look atways we could continue to link in ameaningful way without the fundingoffered by the British Council. Ourchildren were quick to see ways to keepthe link going – the blog continues withmany children going on to become friendsover social networking sites andcontinuing to build and develop ideas witheach other.’

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