On the 19th November, 18 educational representatives from China were welcomed to Oak Academy in Dorset, along with teachers from several local schools, as part of our continued work to create international relationships within the education sector, giving teachers, students and education reps from both countries, the opportunity to meet, observe, discuss and compare the differences and similarities within their education systems and practises.
Headmaster of Oak Academy, Richard Burgas, and Director of Outcomes at Ambitions Academies Trust, Paul Holman, gave welcoming and informative presentations, along with a Q&A session and presentation from students at Oak Academy. This was well received and students recalled their own visit to China as part of OneWorld Education UK's GYA Programme. Following this, representatives from the Education Department and schools in China, gave presentations themselves, allowing the attending British teachers, an insight into an international approach to education.
Once all the presentations were complete, and gifts had been exchanged, as is common practise in China, Oak Academy, and the neighbouring Elm Academy and St Aldhelms Academy (all within the Ambitions Academies Trust) welcomed our Chinese guests on a tour of their schools, meeting with teaching staff and students whilst having the opportunity to observe classes and teaching methods.
Following lunch, a further three schools opened their doors to our international visitors - Queen Elizabeth School, Talbot Primary and Bishop Aldhelm's Primary School. Headteachers Katie Boyes, Kate Curtis and Scott Tait (respectively) met with the attending representatives and welcomed them on informative and engaging tours of their schools. This is a fantastic opportunity for international education reps to witness our UK students and teachers at work, giving them an idea of our curriculum, class size, and approach to education. Similarities and differences were, again, discussed at length.
The day was rounded off with a fantastic three course meal at the Cumberland Hotel in Bournemouth.
A huge thank you to Oak Academy, Elm Academy, St Aldhelms Academy, QE School, Talbot Primary and Bishop Aldhelms Primary Schools.
See what Director of Outcomes at Ambitions Academies Trust, Paul Holman, had to say previously, on their involvement with OneWorld Education UK's GYA Project.
“We are really pleased to be able to welcome the Chinese delegates to Oak Academy as part of our partnership with One World Education UK.
Providing valuable learning opportunities and experiences is at the heart of everything we do at Ambitions Academies Trust.
Students and staff at Oak Academy have really benefitted from multiple educational visits to China and it is a pleasure to reciprocate by hosting Principals and Educational Advisors from China. Our visitors were particularly interested in our teaching and learning pedagogy and very much appreciated the opportunity to see this first hand today with classroom tours at Elm Academy, Oak Academy and Leaf Studio.
I look forward to another group of Oak Academy students visiting China this coming summer to enrich their global learning.”
Paul Holman – Director of Outcomes, Ambitions Academies Trust