International Dimensions

What is it all about?

At Consett Academy we aim to ensure that all our students are not only aware of the wider world around us, but also have first-hand experience of working alongside people from other countries and cultures.

We do this through:

Assembly programme - International Dimensions is now a half termly theme in our assembly programme. The assemblies are led by different staff across the Academy.

Inspire Days – In July 2014 and 2015  International Inspire Days have been successfully held for all Y7,Y8 and Y9. Staff across the Academy led sessions which looked at different countries and cultures e.g. Samba music. In addition to this we have had visitors leading sessions such as Chinese Kite making, African Gum Boot dancing.

International Dimensions Group  - meetings have been held with interested members of staff to look at ways of supporting International Dimensions across the curriculum.

Sixth Form trip to European Parliament – for the second year in a row, a group of our Sixth form students won on a competition to design posters to raise awareness on a key issue relevant to the European Union. As their prize they won a trip to Strasbourg for three days to visit the European Parliament accompanied by Mr S. Booth.

We welcome visitors from across the globe:

Chile – In February 2015 we warmly welcomed a group of four teachers from Chile for a months stay. They observed lessons and took part in some activities. We involved some of our feeder primary schools who also hosted them for a couple of days to get an experience of Primary Education in the UK. Students within our Explore groups were able to use this opportunity to study the country and its culture and base a scheme of work around Chile.

Russia –  In November we shall be welcoming a teacher from Russia to our school who will talk to ours students about schools in Russia and will observe some of our lessons.

We take part in projects with other countries:

Erasmus + - In September 2015 we were very fortunate to successfully apply for funding through ERASMUS + to be able to work on a project over the next three years with six other schools from across Europe. Over the course of the project, students at Consett Academy will be able to visit Italy and Spain to work on the project and we shall host a week long workshop welcoming eighty students and staff from France, Italy, Greece, Poland, Lithuania, Croatia and Spain.

Erasmus Corner

Connecting Classrooms

India – In 2014 a link was made with RJV Academy in India and Y10 work was shared on the topic of food and comparing lunch times in school. Working with the International Co-ordinator in India a further project was planned around peace involving more year groups. This plan for a project enabled us to apply for funding for teacher visits and we were awarded a Connecting Classrooms grant for £3000. In November 2014 Mr Reynolds and Mrs Somerville visited our partner school in Jamshedpur and we were able to share work from our students and experience the education system in India. We also managed to involve Y10 in a video cast of their Remembrance day assembly which we were able to share with our partner school to further develop the project on Peace. The return visit from of partner school took place in January 2015 where Principal Talwar and Mr Singh visited Consett Academy. During this time our guests visited both campuses, New College Durham and took part in lessons.

While Principal Talwar was at Consett Academy, we were able to work together to complete a new application for a Connecting Classrooms grant and in March 2015 we were informed we had been successful in our bid. This bid has enabled the English Directorate to create a scheme of work in which looks at literature from both countries and develops literacy skills as well as developing cultural knowledge. Mrs Potter and Miss Shorton will visit India in December 2015.

Brazil – We have successfully applied for and received a Connecting Classrooms grant for work with a school Brazil. The Humanities Directorate have been able to use the link to access case studies to support the curriculum and give further dimensions to the curriculum. In August 2015 Mrs Yates visited our partner school in Brazil where she was able to see the teaching and learning styles used in Brazil and share the students work with their Brazilian peers. In November 2015 we will be welcoming our Brazilian colleague to Consett Academy so that she can be involved in the life of Consett Academy.

LeFèvre Grant

France – A partnership was established with Jules Ferry School in Conty. Mrs Potter and Mrs Somerville visited the school in January to begin planning work which could link the two schools and a project on the WW1 Centenary was agreed upon.This project enabled us to apply for funding to support student movement between the two countries and we were awarded a Lefèvre Trust grant for £5000.

In July 2014 we hosted our first exchange visit where students attended Consett Academy and worked with their peers on a range of topics, following a normal time table as well as taking part in organised visits. Our students returned to France in November where work on the joint history project around WW1 continued. We once again hosted our partner school in April 2015, this time with Y7 students getting involved in activities and visits.

In July 2015 we once again successfully applied for a Lefèvre Trust grant and are currently planning the next stage of our work with Conty.

For all the work that we have done and continue to do, the British Council awarded us the Full International Schools Award in September 2015.