16 November 2017
Mrs Guest and Mrs Western went to China with other teachers from around the UK. The British Council funded the majority of the trip which enabled the UK schools to partner with a school in Ningbo, China. During the visit we were introduced to the Principle of Ningbo Central Kindergarten school who explained about their education system and provision. The kindergarten is made up of 4 separate schools with a different focus on education. We visited the Language and Communication, Performing Arts and Creative Arts schools during our visit.
Another aspect of our visit was to experience professional development of staff in the kindergarten. We took part in two staff training sessions focusing on mathematical patterns and observation to inform teaching and learning. Both activities were well thought out and thought provoking.
As part of the visit we were asked to enter into a contract of partnership with our schools during a formal ceremony at the university. We have identified some mutual targets to work on with our new partners and are very excited about getting started.
A report of our visit will follow shortly.