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International education

International education in Norfolk

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International education

“One cannot truly educate young people in this country without the international dimension being a very significant and real part of their learning experience”.

These words from the then Secretary of State for Education, Charles Clarke are quoted in the foreword to 'Putting the World into World-class Education', a strategy for international education published by the DfES in November 2004.

One of the strategy’s main goals refers to the need to equip children, young people and adults for life in a global society and work in a global economy.

To this end, the strategy identifies two key priorities:

  • To instil a strong global dimension into the learning experience of all children and young people
  • To transform our capability to speak and use other languages

The geographical isolation of Norfolk – no-one passes through Norfolk on the way somewhere else – and the mainly mono-cultural nature of its inhabitants mean that we need to work harder on these two priorities to make sure that Norfolk’s young people are not disadvantaged in the global market.

In most inner city classrooms, the diverse and multi-cultural backgrounds of the children will be a natural introduction to different languages and cultures. In Norfolk we have to create that environment.

How is Norfolk supporting the international dimension?

Since 2000, Norfolk has established a number of international partnerships at local authority level, notably with:

  • The Academie de Toulouse in South West France
  • The counties of Nord and Sor Trondelag in Norway
  • The Xuhui Education Bureau in Shanghai, China

The school to school links promoted by these partnerships have enabled thousands of Norfolk children to benefit from an international dimension to their classroom experience. Teachers, headteachers and education professionals have been able to share professional experience from around the globe, which can be adopted and adapted for use in Norfolk classrooms.

Who is this information for?

Our aim is to increase the opportunities for children and adults from Norfolk to enjoy links with countries in the rest of Europe and further afield. All learners can benefit from these opportunities so this site is aimed at all teachers, in all phases of education across the county.

Advances in information and communication technology mean that our world is shrinking, and it is now very much easier for partnerships to be forged with schools and organisations throughout the world without necessarily leaving Norfolk! We will do our best to draw your attention to new developments, designed to promote a global dimension into the classroom and to further the teaching of modern foreign languages.

We also hope to use the website to share good practice and celebrate international links that already exist.

Students from Trondheim, Norway

2020 marks the sixteenth year that we have been receiving Norwegian students in our Norfolk sixth forms to study for one year. This is a highly successful project and in September we welcome another group of up to 25 Norwegian students in Norfolk.

The sixth forms involved this year are:

  • City of Norwich School
  • Fakenham Academy Norfolk
  • Notre Dame High School
  • Reepham College
  • Thorpe St Andrew School
  • Diss Academy
  • Dereham Sixth Form Centre
  • East Norfolk Sixth Form Centre

Planned projects include joint training/conferences for education officials, teachers and headteachers, teacher exchanges and work experience placements for apprentices through the Erasmus+ programmes.

Find out how you could host Norwegian students/apprentices.