Seven teachers from Norfolk are jetting off on an eight-day trip to Shanghai tomorrow (Thursday) to find out how they and colleagues could improve their skills.
Graham Steel, of Necton Primary School, Jennie Wildsmith-Garton, of Pott Row’s Holly Meadows, and Marion Link, of Swaffham Infant School are taking part in the trip, focused on professional development.
Mr Steel said: “We understand that teachers in China are not required to teach every lesson and during non-contact time are encouraged (or possibly expected) to spend time observing other teachers in other lessons. We would like to investigate the rationale behind this and consider whether such practice could be positively utilised within our own schools.”
Next month Pam Foskett, of Reffley Primary School, Sean Wright, of North Wootton Primary School and Malcolm Brockway, of Nar Valley Federation of Narborough, Sporle and Castle Acre schools will join five other Norfolk teachers on a trip to Norway. Their focus will be on inclusive education - for children who have English as a second language or special needs.
On Thursday, July 10, a conference is planned in Norwich to allow the lessons learned on the trips, as well as one earlier in the year to France, focused on vocational education for post 16s, to be shared.
Norfolk County Council has funded the trips with money received from hosting foreign students. The trips are part of a programme which is trying to haul more of the county’s schools up to a ‘good’ standard.