United in Diversity Project
On 9th,10th and 11th December Titan hosted the first part of the Erasmus United in Diversity programme. This project looks to share best practice in the teaching of Inclusion and Diversity across the different countries involved in the project: Czech Republic, Portugal, Romania and the UK. It strives to instil and promote European values within schools through teaching practice.
On Monday 9th December, we welcomed students and teachers from the countries involved who took part in exciting activities at King Edwards VI Aston school along with students from Waverley school. The classes for students included Mandarin and Art and Drama. The exchange teachers along with staff at Waverley joined workshops put on by teachers at King Edwards VI Aston which explored how the curriculum in the UK is planned and delivered. Shortly after, both staff and students were given a guided tour of the school.
In the afternoon, everyone visited Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery which was followed by a visit to the German Market in the evening..
On Tuesday 10th December, Waverley School welcomed all the European visitors. Students participated in a music session accompanied by steel pans and dhol drums. Teachers attended workshops on the delivery of the UK curriculum which included differentiated learning.
In the afternoon, students were involved in telling the story of ‘A Christmas Carol’ to help them get into the festive spirit. Meanwhile, teachers participated in a workshop on the topic of how British values are delivered in schools. That evening all exchange staff and students had an Indian meal at the fabulous fusion restaurant, the Indian Brewery.
On the final day of the visit, Wednesday 11th December, Aston University Engineering Academy welcomed our European guests.
Morning activities consisted of creating amplifiers in the Engineering department for students, whilst teachers completed a combat task on leadership and found out more about how AUEA works closely with its many partners.
On the final afternoon the students were involved in team building activities with the Combined Cadet Force (CCF). After that they participated in a practical science lesson. Teachers were given a tour of AUEA, which was then followed by a session which addressed how cultural differences are addressed in the curriculum and through pastoral care. Staff experienced the ONVU technology used across the Academy and explored how it helps evaluate teaching and learning in an innovative and developmental way. To put this into practice, exchange staff had the opportunity to watch their students participate in the Science lesson.
Titan is absolutely delighted to be involved in this important project and to host the first event. We look forward to visiting our European partner schools in 2020, the first visit of which will take place in Romania in March 2020.