In August The Durham Federation was awarded a grant from the British Council to run an Erasmus project with schools from Norway, Turkey, Greece, Poland and Hungary. The purpose of the project is to improve the literacy and writing skills of our students, looking at how each country teaches these key topics and developing shared resources to help develop our practice.
One of the key parts of the project is to visit each country to see how their school’s work and also have the opportunity to explore the country and its history. In November, we hosted the first visit with teacher’s from all six countries meeting to arrange how the project would work.
During the visit, the teachers from our partner schools had a tour of school with our year seven students, observed a number of lessons as well as a number of trips out of school. These included Durham Cathedral, The Baltic art gallery and The Stadium of light.
The visit was a great success and we hope that during the next two years our students will enjoy working with, and visiting our partner countries to help to develop their skills. In March Mr Potter and Mrs V Elliott will be taking four year seven students to Athens in Greece for the next part of the project.