Institute of Education takes a global approach to collaboration at British Council events

Institute of Education takes a global approach to collaboration at British Council events

The University of Cumbria is one of only three higher education institutes to be invited to take part in an event aimed at encouraging greater collaboration between schools across Europe.

Principal lecturer Jan Ashbridge from the Institute of Education will be travelling to Brussels this week to attend an initiative run by the British Council

 “We’re delighted to be invited to discuss e-twinning – a free online community for schools in Europe which allows organisations to find partners to collaborate on projects within a secure network and platform,” Jan says.

The university has wide experience of collaborations. Earlier this year a group of academics and teachers from north west Nigeria came to Cumbria as part of the latest in a series of contacts between the two partners

“To be one of only three HEI initial teacher training providers to be asked to attend is recognition of the work that’s carried out at our sites in Lancaster, London and Carlisle and will mean our students can engage in this whilst on placement,” Jan said. “It will provide our students with experience of project management skills, an understanding of wider global issues in education and an awareness of the differences and commonalities of children’s educational experiences. We are delighted to be involved and are looking forward to being able to become further embedded in wider educational networks.” 

The university’s English team have also been asked to contribute to another British Council initiative this week (Thursday) when a delegation from Lancaster will deliver a key note lecture at a conference in Newcastle. An audience made up of 80 teachers from 16 different countries will hear senior lecturer Adrian Copping talk about literacy in primary schools.

 “We were delighted to be asked to contribute to these two prestigious events,” Kathryn Fox, head of school partnership and external engagement at the Institute of Education, said. “Word of our track record in innovation and collaboration is spreading and we’re delighted to share our experience.”