Teachers, parents and pupils from UK primary and junior schools have spoken of the valuable personal and professional development they enjoyed during a World City Links’ programme in Beijing.
Music teacher Lauren Dyer from Our Lady and St Joseph School in Hackney described the welcome as ‘extremely warm’ and the performances of the students as ‘very moving’ and ‘incredibly talented.’
She said: “Our week here has given us a new lease of life as teachers and we have seen practices that we will incorporate into our school, they even gave us three Chinese flutes to take back.” There partner school will be visiting London in Summer 2017.
Meanwhile, parents, students and the Headteacher from Berrymeade School in Ealing greatly enjoyed their week at Yu Xin Primary school in Beijing. Mrs Rashid, mother of Avar and Aban,
both aged nine said the boys were treated like superstars in the Chinese school.
She said: “This has done wonders for their confidence and their communication skills. They have also enjoyed the food in the schools and have made many new friends.”
Headteacher Lubna Khan added: “Taking some of our pupils with their parents has been a real educational revelation. The pupils have gained so much confidence and seen a completely different culture. They will be doing an assembly for the rest of the school upon their return.”
Over the last 16 years, World City Links have taken more than 1,000 primary school teachers from UK schools, for groundbreaking professional development. Teachers consistently feedback how it has ‘refreshed’ them as teachers, made them feel more valuable and shown some new curriculum ideas.
Primary school pupils can now also come with our unique and pioneering family programmes, enabling whole families to visit China and enjoy the schools and culture. For more information, contact one of our team by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org