St. Joseph’s was delighted to host an information afternoon for some Dutch teaching colleagues this week. A total of nine colleagues from Holland joined us to find out a bit more about the Scottish Education System. We had been approached by Strathclyde University as the Dutch teachers were their visitors and were in Scotland to look at Science and Technology in particular. Having previously been involved with Strathclyde University in developing their VIP approach to Science (for which they won an award), we were happy to help.
The school’s work on the STEM leadership programme had helped teaching students from the university work on the VIP approach last year. The Dutch colleagues were really impressed by the children, parents and staff as they were treated to presentations from the Parent and Pupil Councils as well as the Head Teacher on developments within the Scottish System. A school tour left the visitors mesmerised at the colourful wall displays and examples of Formative Assessment strategies being employed by teachers.
It was a lovely day as we learned from each other. Pupil Councils were a novelty to the visitors and the children took advantage of the Pupil Council slot to ask about the Dutch Education System. Keen always to develop knowledge of International Education, it was another excellent day at St. Joseph’s!