Education ministers inspired by visit to Nelson Primary School
Nelson Primary School was the school given the honourable task of hosting this global event in response to their pioneering work with the British Council’s Connecting Classroom Project, as well as their excellent National results.
Nick Gibb, Minister for school standards, visited Nelson Primary School in Newham with a group of Ministers from Zimbabwe and Ethiopia, along with representatives from the DfE, British Council, DfID and the Education Development Trust. The visit provided an opportunity for the Minister to show-case the British school system to the visitors who are interested in educational reforms.
Nelson pupils and staff welcomed the international delegates and were able to demonstrate how they have raised standards, in both the curriculum and school leadership. The visitors also heard how the school is leading the way with work by a group of schools in London and Kenya with the DFID and British Council funded Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning programme. Nelson were also able to share their recent success in receiving the International School Award. As one visitor tweeted, ’impressive school partnership with Kenya showcased how global learning adds value to the curriculum and children’s world knowledge’.
The pupils were commended on their excellent behaviour and the group enjoyed a tour of the school and a phonics lesson, before a question/answer session with the school leadership team, led by the Head Teacher, Fiona Cullen. The visitors were ‘blown away’ by their experience and concluded their visit with lots of information to take ‘home’.
(DfE Press Release, 24th January 2020)