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The world in their hands – Building international school links

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Friday, 15 July, 2011 - 00:00
Event Type: 
North East
Radisson Hotel, Durham

This FREE one day course, organised by the ATLAS group at Durham County Council, will take delegates through all aspects of school linking and offer advice for curriculum activities with partner schools.

The day will begin with consideration of the place of global links in the curriculum. Delegates will then follow a school’s
international journey from reflecting on the benefits of establishing links, developing projects and embedding
internationalism across the school for the benefit of the whole school community.

Delegates will be able to reflect on where in the world they would like to develop links and learn about available support;
including partner finding and both national and European Commission funding streams.

The conference will be led by presenters from across the North East region, the European Commission and by pupils from our schools.

The conference is well suited to schools at the early stages in international work. More experienced practitioners will also find the case studies to be inspirational and be able to examine pathways for future development. The event provides an excellent insight into international and global dimensions for school advisers, improvement partners and inspectors.

The programme will draw together best practice examples of the European Union’s Lifelong Learning programme and showcase Comenius and eTwinning projects.

The conference is supported and funded by the European Commission Representation in the UK.

Early application is strongly recommended.


0915 Registration

0930 Welcome and introduction to purpose of day

0940 “ The value of international education “ , Professor Anoush Ehteshami,
Dean of Internationalisation and Professor of International relations, Durham University

1010 What are the benefits for our school ? – Views of Headteachers, parents, pupils. Newcastle Local authority

1040 Why do we as a school want to pursue this agenda ? – group activity Pam Barmby – One World Network North East


1120 Making those very first steps: the International School Award – Foundation Level explained

1130 Activities which require no partner schools: Spanish post SATS event – St Peter’s RC Primary, Gateshead

1140 A Fair trade school

1150 Working in partnership ( choice of three workshops )
1200 etwinning; what is it all about ? –
1200 Using ICT in partnerships – Steve Mulgrew
1200 Partnership activities – The Drive Primary and Finchale Primary

1230 Lunch

1310 Our Maori experience – Crook Primary School

1320 Working in a European context ( choice of three workshops )

  • Comenius partnerships – Teesdale and Durham Trinity School
  • Let’s explore Europe for 9 – 12 year olds – Judith Schilling
  • Comenius assistants and in service training

1345 The International School Award – Going for the full award

1355 Outcomes for our learners and staff – Chopwell Primary

1405 Outcomes for learners – Gibside School ( GSP project with Tanzania )

1420 European information and signposting – Europe Direct