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Working together - learning together
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

1 This project was planned as a development and deepening of our existing link with the school in Rome. We set up a new eTwinning project for communication between our schools. As part of this project, the funding allowed 2 staff from Steeton School to visit the school in Rome: our International School Co-ordinator and a member of the Senior Management Team. Our visit included job-shadowing teachers in the classroom; an interview with the headteacher of the Rome cluster of schools; visits to the three primary schools in the cluster; a visit to an international choir established by one of the teachers; a visit to the Italian Ministry of Education to interview members of the team who are developing Italy's new Digital Plan for Schools: visits to Rome to collect resources and take photos. This research has enabled us to fulfil our objectives outlined in our European Development Plan: i) improvement of the leadership and management of the school and better analysis of pupil progress data; ii) exploration of different methods of classroom organisation; iii) comparison of the use of the education budget in the two systems; iv) possibilities to improve our effective use of our outdoor learning environment, particularly to improve standards in basic skills; investigation of a different system of education funding; v) improvement in the progress of more able children in mathematics; vi) how to ensure progression in basic skills through a creative curriculum; vii) improvement/ significant improvement in Italian language skills for the two staff involved in the mobilities; viii) opportunity to develop a network of international contacts at senior management level; ix) better understanding of the culture and country of Italy; x) continuing development of the international dimension at Steeton School, including our work for the International School Award in 2015; xi) sharing of expertise (Erasmus+ and eTwinning) with colleagues in our local cluster of 12 schools. xii) new teaching tools for language teaching; xiii) development of use of Scratch in eTwinning projects; xiv) opportunity to discuss face-to-face with Italian colleagues to plan future collaborative projects; xv) expansion of network of international contacts; xvi) better understanding of the culture and country of Italy, shared with our pupils; Our pupils have benefitted in the following ways: i) from our new project on Rome: Ancient and Modern: ii) a better understanding of the life of a child in Italy; iii) greater awareness of the rich variety of languages in Europe; iv) participation in an eTwinning project including the sharing of language skills with their peers; v) better provision for pupils with English as an Additional Language; We also discussed how to organise pupil mobilities to Europe, which we hope to undertake withn the next 4-5 years.. 2 Our international work was commended as outstanding in our recent Ofsted school inspection and we aim to continue to work at this high level, giving outstanding opportunities to our pupils to work internationally on projects with their peers. This visit was intended to give the children the opportunity to find out more about their partner school and to ask questions for their teachers to find out during their visit. We hoped that our pupils would be inspired by seeing their teachers on an educational job-shadowing visit and that this would lead to them aspiring to visit other European countries, either in school or in their future careers. 3 In the longer term, we plan to share our experiences with our colleagues in the local cluster of 12 schools, to encourage more staff mobilities for high quality professional development; Diana Linford continued to mentor colleagues within the cluster of schools in another joint eTwinning project; and mentored four local schools in Eramsus+ KA1 applications during the year. We aim to organise pupil mobilities within the next 5 years and were able to ask our Italian colleagues about their experiences in organising pupil mobilities.
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