As a teaching school we are keen to build links and learn from leaders and teachers in education. This is part of the research and development aspect of our work.
We have hosted 30 European teachers in 2013-4 from 12 different countries. This involves lesson observations, presentations and discussions about teaching and education from a variety of international contexts.
In November we hosted teacher researchers from Stockholm University, studying similarities and differences with how English is taught in Sweden and England. The teachers presented to pupils about Swedish culture. The Year 7 pupils were fascinated by Swedish culture but were not sure about the Swedish candy.
In February we hosted Fine Art students from Milan who conducted an Art project on self-identity with our school, led by Russell Tucker and Dan Vardy. Students undertook the project to compare education in England and Italy. Discussing ideas with our own BPS Year 10 students. They also enjoyed taking part in lessons in Art, Textiles and Hairdressing.
The Milan students said:
“The teachers are nice and friendly and I’ve had a lot of fun. I’ll surely remember everything about this experience”.
“I just saw a very good and beautiful school. All the students were really kind and gentle”.
“I loved the textile class, I had a great time here and I will miss this school”.
“Here in Bitterne Park School the subjects are different from my school: we have to study thirteen subjects that are really good for the culture, but I think that hairdressing, photography, etc are better for our future life”.