Learning in actionat Longridge Towers
Longridge Towers School recently hosted visiting teaching professionals from both Sweden and Denmark, as part of the school’s work with international learning organisation, Challenging Learning.
Sixteen delegates from the municipality of Ekero, Stockholm, visited the school’s Early Years department to observe a number of cutting edge learning strategies in action.
Sponsored by a leading Nordic IT provider, Advania, the group comprised preschool leaders and teachers who are also part of the Challenging Learning network.
Delegates were so impressed with what they saw that they requested a return visit in the near future, to be attended by an even larger number of colleagues.
This session was followed by a symposium of education professionals from Egebakkeskolen, an independent school in Braband, Denmark.
Led by school principal, Lisbeth Rasmussen, the group visited Longridge with a view to reenergising and inspiring their team of educational staff, again through observing innovative approaches in action.
During the visit the group took part in workshops led by teaching staff, followed by a question and answer session with the senior team at Longridge, before visiting a range of classrooms from across the whole school. This enabled the Danish scholars to experience strategies such as ‘Learning Pit’ lessons, sessions focused on extending pupil dialogue, along with other strategies centred on real challenge in order to create deep learning experiences for Longridge pupils.
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The school’s Director of Learning and Teaching, Dr Nolan Dalrymple, highlighted the school’s sustained focus on innovation and challenge.
“We were delighted to welcome our Scandinavian colleagues,” he said. “These latest visits, part of a longer series of collaborations, were excellent opportunities both for us to showcase the work we are doing in challenging and extending all of our pupils, and to share experiences and approaches with education professionals working in quite different systems.
“Most importantly, our pupils greatly enjoyed and benefited from the experience. We are proud to be part of the Challenging Learning schools’ network, headed by James and Jill Nottingham.”
Longridge was delighted to receive invitations to undertake reciprocal visits to the schools involved.
Year 6 pupils also visited Northumbria University for an Apprentice Student on Campus day.
This was an opportunity for pupils to spend a day on the campus taking part in fun activities, problem solving, sports sessions, a tour of the buildings and learn more about higher education.