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St. Stephen's selected to lead local ‘Connecting Classrooms’ project for the British Council

We are continuing to drive ourselves forward, to achieve our vision of being a leading school in the appreciation of diversity, aiming to challenge prejudice and change misconceptions around the world.  We are always looking for new and exciting learning opportunities for children and staff that could support this vision. 

Now, there is an innovative and inspiring opportunity on the horizon for the whole school, but this time…on an international level!

Recently, we put forward an application to the British Council to be a part of their ‘Connecting Classrooms’ programme. We are delighted to announce that we have been successful and have been teamed with partnership schools within Rwanda and other schools in our local area. We have also been selected to lead the project!

Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning works with schools around the world to help young people develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to thrive; it is a programme that supports schools internationally to learn about - and collaborate internationally - on the big issues that shape our world. For example, these could be: Zero Hunger, Responsible Production and Consumption, Gender Equality, Quality Education, Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, Zero Waste, Decent Work and Economic Growth, Affordable, Clean Energy for All.

There is still much planning to be done behind the scenes before this project begins in the next academic year but for our school, this project will entail the following:

1. Partnering with schools – opportunities to collaborate with peers in the UK and other countries on school activities focusing on global themes. The partnerships offer teachers the chance to share experiences and learn from each other.

2. Developing teaching skills – it will further encourage teachers to continually improve their knowledge and expertise at embedding global themes in their teaching, by completing our training courses.

3. Classroom activities – children will have a multitude of opportunities to complete activities with partner schools based on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how we can embed the principles and themes of the SDGs in your classroom.

5. Accreditation – At whatever stage of our Connecting Classrooms journey we’ve managed to reach, as a community we will receive the relevant level of the International School Award to recognise and highlight everyone in the community and their achievements in embedding international education in our school.

Why have St. Stephen’s chosen to take part?

Connecting Classrooms is about more than just understanding global issues; it's about up-skilling both teachers and students to create positive change in the world. As part of Connecting Classrooms, we will be:

  • Visiting a partner school, collaborating and planning how to embed global themes into our curricula.
  • Strengthening pre-existing partnerships and expand our network as a school community.
  • Equipping students with the skills they need to thrive in an increasingly global world.
  • Taking part in fully-funded training for leaders and teachers, face-to-face or online to support our children and the future children of St. Stephen’s C of E Primary School.
  • Supporting the international collaboration of young people in their community and play a part in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

As time goes on, we shall be sure to add a monthly update into the newsletter to keep you all informed as to what is happening around this project as it evolves and grows over time.

However, if you would like more information on this please visit https://connecting-classrooms.britishcouncil.org