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Shaftesbury and its Global Community

Intent

At Shaftesbury High School, through the inclusion of an international focus we are able to offer our children a range of experiences that will enhance their learning and raise awareness of their national and international identity.

The global dimension is reflected in the attitudes and values of our children, our staff and our school community and underpins our values and vision statement. We are totally committed to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, (Article 28 – Every child has the right to an education. Primary education must be free. Secondary education must be available to every child. Discipline in schools must respect children’s human dignity. Wealthy countries must help poorer countries achieve this). By having an international dimension as part of our ethos, we look to provide children and staff with a wider variety of experiences both within and in addition to the National Curriculum.

  • Our intent is to work towards the Full International School Award
  • To develop links with schools in other countries in Europe and beyond
  • To develop a variety of global learning partnerships
  • To welcome to our school teachers and pupils from other countries
  • To raise awareness and appreciation of environment issues other than those in our locality through joint projects with global partners
  • To encourage interest and motivation through the provision of first hand experiences of life in another country
  • To promote communication with national and international partners through letters, email, It and all forms of digital learning including use of social media
  • To provide staff with opportunities to compare different teaching and learning styles
  • To develop cross-curricular activities with an international theme for all children

The programme is underpinned by the core values of the 6 C’s and to support students in developing 21st century living skills

We also aim to ensure that Parents/Carers are actively encouraged to join in with our international learning.

 

Implementation

As part of our project based curriculum, international, global and cultural education is planned within each year group. Local community features in the Autumn term, with the focus on international in the Spring.

This planning is based upon the above aims and uses these key concepts:

  1. Diversity
  2. Conflict Resolution
  3. Human Rights
  4. Interdependence
  5. Social Justice
  6. Sustainable Development
  7. Values and Perceptions
  8. Social action

 

Impact

Shaftesbury High School participates in a number of global initiatives.

 

Erasmus 

 

      

We participate in the Erasmus+ programme, which is aimed at sharing, exchanging and developing best practice between schools across the UK and Europe Initially we were involved in a Commenius project with schools in Poland, Cyprus, Spain and England which focussed at

 

Following the success of Commenius, in 2019 we successfully bid for and received funding for a new strategic partnership focussing on an exchange of good practices. We now lead an Erasmus+ project entitled Connected∞Learning∞Communities - Motivated and Engaged working with schools in Poland, Cyprus and the UK. We have received visitors from our partner schools into Shaftesbury, working with our students and staff in developing and sharing ideas. Shaftesbury staff have also had opportunities to make reciprocal visits and learn about cultural and educational practice overseas.

 

      

 

Connecting Classrooms

 

                         

 

We take part in international joint curriculum projects through the Connecting Classroom Project between ourselves and Kizindizzi primary School in Uganda and  Mzuzu Government Secondary School in Malawi. Various staff members have visited both countries and have enabled reciprocal visits from teachers to the UK. We have also worked with the British Council in supporting teachers in Malawi to help in the provision of SEN.

 

                     

 

                        

 

E-Twinning

  

We are involved in the eTwinning network which offers a platform for staff working in our school to communicate, collaborate, develop projects, share and be part of the largest learning community in Europe. Our latest project included working with these schools below.

 

Aurélie Reggiani - France SAINT AFFRIQUE Collège

Debbie Stone -United Kingdom Harrow, Shaftesbury High School

Katarzyna Blaszczyk - Zespół Szkół im Jadwigi Grodzkiej in Łęczyca, Poland

Lela Gelashvili - Georgia Khashuri Salome Asatiani - Georgia

 

                        

 

 Global learning Platform

        

 

We are signed up to the Global learning Platform, a government-funded programme of support to deliver effective teaching and learning about development and global issues.

Through all these programmes, we equip our students in understanding their place in a globalised world, enabling them to give back to those less fortunate them themselves and make a positive contribution to the greater society. By so doing, we help develop pupils’ engagement, knowledge, skills and values.