TEACHERS from an inner-city Leeds primary school have been on an exchange trip all the way to Brazil in a partnership scheme.
Two staff from Ebor Gardens Primary, Burmantofts - where 38 languages are spoken - made the trip in a bid to help create a truly ‘global school’ by partnering with Aubrick School in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Ebor Gardens currently has a number of similar partnerships with schools in India, New Orleans and Ghana, all of which have been developed through the British Councils Connecting Classrooms programme.
The Connecting Classrooms is a UK government and British Council education initiative.
Ebor Gardens has been selected in recognition of its commitment to teaching students about global issues.
Teachers and students are working with Aubrick Bilingual School to learn how to become responsible global citizens and to develop skills to work in a global economy.
PE teacher Michael James and Year 6 teacher Fatima Noor are just back from Sao Paulo, to nurture links and gain new ideas.
Mr James said “This scheme has allowed us to develop links with schools all over the world.
“For some time we’ve been seeking to work with a school from South America and with the World Cup on the horizon Brazil seemed like the perfect country. Our trip to Aubrick allowed us to see how teaching styles and the syllabus differed from here in the UK and also allowed us to share curriculum ideas. Our pupils are really excited about the World Cup and have exchanged letters and travel guides that they made introducing Leeds and Sao Paulo to each other.”
Teacher Ms Noor added: “Ebor Gardens has 38 different languages spoken by our pupils and strong international links are a key component of the school’s ethos.”
In June, a teacher from the South American school will visit Leeds. Her visit will coincide with the World Cup, which is being held in Brazil.
Ebor Gardens recently received the British Council’s International Schools Award in recognition of its outstanding work in forging links with schools across the globe.