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Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Priory School is an Independent day school in Birmingham, England for children from 6 months to 18 years. There are currently 460 children on roll. The school is situated in central Birmingham and was established here in1936. We have a large Early Years department where our last inspection was rated outstanding and we received a national award for excellence and innovation partly due to our European work with our partner schools to improve and enhance our curriculum and develop staff knowledge and skills. We are a Catholic school which welcomes all faiths in partnership with parents we provide a warm caring environment with high standards of teaching and learning enabling all children to experience success. We are an integrated multi ethnic community. Many of our children are bilingual with a range of mother tongues e.g. Urdu and Chinese. Our Headmaster Mr Cramb has led two International schools,one in Dubai and one in Italy and the school has developed longstanding partnerships with several European schools. Priory School has a tradition of working with a range of both European and International schools. Each year we produce a school development plan and an integral part of that is to continue working with our European partner schools to share expertise and different teaching methods which will broaden the childrens knowledge and understanding of the world around them and enhance their curriculum. Through our on going work with several European countries and successful Comenius projects we have been introduced to a new Swedish school who would like to work with us on a new project. We want to further develop our professional links with this new Swedish partner school in order to create a new outdoor curriculum at our own school using their experiences and expertise. The goals/objectives of the project are: - To learn and share different approaches/methods used in teaching and learning across the curriculum in an outdoor environment - To promote and enhance the provision of science, geography, DT and PE for the pupils aged 6 -12 years. - To increase the children's self esteem, confidence, independence, thinking and creative skills through an innovative educational approach - To build strong and lasting relationships with our partner school to enable our staff and pupils to experience and understand the Swedish country and culture. - Teachers knowledge and experience will be broadened through participation in a range of activities, we strive to provide our staff with continuous training throughout their careers to benefit the children they are teaching and to enhance their learning environments. In total 8 members of staff from Priory school will be involved in the mobilities. The Deputy Head in charge of the Prep school has led the two Comenius projects which we have already been involved in. She has also been to visit the Swedish school that we hope to work with after two of their staff came to job shadow at our school in the Autumn term. Our Year 5 teacher who is a trained Forest School Leader and co-ordinates science and design technology in the Prep school. The teachers who lead science and design technology respectively in the senior school. The year 6 form teacher and co-ordinates geography, she is also a dedicated member of the PE department. The Head of Humanities in the senior school and teacher of geography. A year 3 teacher who is also a trained Forest School Leader and the Assistant Headteacher in the Senior School with his main area of responsibility being for the pastoral care of the senior pupils. The main activity will be work shadowing in order to observe and share good practice in teaching and learning in the outdoor environment. The key members of staff have been selected based on their expertise in science, DT, geography and PE and through their observations in Sweden they will develop a new outdoor curriculum for Priory School and train all other members of staff. The main results will be that we produce a new curriculum for outdoor education for six to twelve year olds. The impact will be that the children will develop a new range of knowledge and skills in the outdoor environment through participating in new activities across the curriculum with their peers and adults. They will increase their confidence and self esteem. Teachers knowledge and experience will be broadened through observing and sharing different approaches/methods linked to outdoor education in the partner country. In the longer term we will continue to build a network of international contacts and an understanding of different cultures and countries to develop their European citizenship. Staff will increase their motivation for lifelong learning and sustainable development.
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