School wel­comes teach­ers from the Far East

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS -

STU­DENTS at Fal­li­b­roome Academy have made some new friends who live al­most 10,000 miles away.

The school has part­nered up with Bukit View High School in Sin­ga­pore.

The aim is to share the best of each coun­try’s prac­tice and cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties for stu­dents to un­der­take joint projects and ap­pre­ci­ate each oth­ers’ cul­ture.

Peter Ru­bery, ex­ec­u­tive prin­ci­pal at the academy, was in­vited to join a group of Na­tional Lead­ers com­mis­sioned by the Bri­tish Coun­cil to es­tab­lish the part­ner­ships ear­lier in the year.

Ten Sin­ga­porean head­teach­ers vis­ited the UK in Novem­ber and the English Heads vis­ited Sin­ga­pore in Jan­uary in or­der to un­der­take school vis­its and meet Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ters and pol­icy mak­ers.

The part­ner­ship be­tween Fal­li­b­roome and Bukit View High School will in­volve teacher ex­changes and Fal­li­b­roome hosted four col­leagues from the Sin­ga­pore School last week.

Peter Ru­bery said: “We ex­tended the tour to in­clude vis­its to the four schools in the Fal­li­b­roome Trust and our visi­tors were very im­pressed by our com­mu­nity of schools.

“Sin­ga­pore fea­tured at the top of a re­cent Global ‘league ta­ble’ of school per­for­mance but they work in a very dif­fer­ent con­text to the UK schools.

“The op­por­tu­nity for teach­ers and stu­dents to work to­gether will ben­e­fit all par­ties and the op­por­tu­nity for stu­dents to de­velop their global per­spec­tive is very welcome. We are par­tic­u­larly keen to learn about Sin­ga­porean meth­ods for teach­ing maths and they have in­tro­duced a pol­icy to broaden their cur­ricu­lum in or­der to de­velop char­ac­ter. There is clearly a huge po­ten­tial for joint ben­e­fit from this ex­cit­ing pro­ject and we are grate­ful to the Bri­tish Coun­cil for sup­port­ing this ex­change through their ‘Con­nect­ing Class­rooms’ fund­ing stream.”

Sin­ga­pore teach­ers met with Fal­li­b­roome teach­ers, and the stu­dents’ In­ter­na­tional Coun­cil, ob­served lessons and dis­cussed teach­ing and as­sess­ment meth­ods.

Their visit also co­in­cided with the Learn­ing Brain Europe con­fer­ence in Sal­ford which Fal­li­b­roome or­gan­ises ev­ery two years on be­half of the Silk Teach­ing School Al­liance.

Fal­li­b­roome teach­ers plan to visit Sin­ga­pore in Au­gust.

●● Fal­li­b­roome Academy stu­dents meet vis­it­ing teach­ers from their part­ner school in Sin­ga­pore

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