Saturday, 19 October 2013

National Leaders of Education International Benchmarking Study Tour


Singapore and Australia
19th October – 2nd November 2013

As part of a group of 30 National Leaders of Education in the UK the Principal of Whitley Academy, Coventry, Lorraine Allen, took part in the International Benchmarking study tour to look at as many aspects of Education as possible, visit as many different schools of differing denominations as possible and speak with Ministers and State Officials of Australia and Singapore.  

The tour was a non-stop whirlwind of visits, discussions, reflections and reporting taking in 2 schools in Singapore and 8 in Australia and 3 discussion seminars with staff and Ministers in New  South Wales and Victoria, Australia. The school’s visited included:

  • Hwa Chong Institute, Singapore
  • St Theresa’s Convent School, Singapore
  • Wesley College, Melbourne
  • University High School, Melbourne
  • Frankston High School, Melbourne
  • Bendigo Senior College or Camp Hill Primary School, Melbourne
  • Moss Vale High, Sydney
  • Chevalier Catholic College, Sydney
  • Merrylands High School, Sydney
  • Northern Beaches Christian School, Sydney

They included independent, faith, primary and secondary schools and offered a whole range of teaching and learning methods, pedagogy and student perspectives.

The tour provided a fascinating and insight into how education is managed and the blog produced by kieranearley.co.uk, 1st November 2013 is a report collated from input and views from all of the National Leaders on the tour.

The trip provided a fantastic opportunity to visit 2 countries and the insight into their education systems was invaluable.  Sydney, Melbourne and Singapore are fantastic places to see and visit.   Please do read the summary blog for our reflections.

At Whitley there are many ideas, that the Principal has brought back that will improve the learning spaces and teaching strategies for all students.

A brilliant experience.

Mrs Allen

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