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Swedish trip of a lifetime reveals teaching best practice

Published: January 11, 2017

Cornwall College Saltash 16-18 | Adult

An inspiring trip to Sweden has given a group of students from Cornwall College Saltash invaluable insights into one of the leading education systems in the world.


The two week trip, in conjunction with training and education charity Point Europa, allowed Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies and Access to Health students to work in different schools covering a wide range of age groups.


FdA Early Childhood Studies student, Helen Geach, said it was “a fantastic experience”.


“The Swedish teachers were all really helpful and welcoming,” she continued, “they wanted to learn about our education systems as much as we wanted to find out about the differences.”


“It was really interesting to see some of the different methods they use. In primary school they have the older children helping younger pupils with maths and reading as well as all different age groups eating together at lunchtimes with their teachers. They have a very caring culture. I am really enjoying the course and getting this experience is amazing, I would definitely recommend the course to others.”


Sweden’s early year’s education system is renowned for emphasising the importance of play in a child’s development and Swedish children only start compulsory schooling the term of the year that they turn six years old.


The Cornwall College Saltash students had the opportunity to talk to Swedish teaching staff and share elements of good practice with them.


Programme Manager and Lecturer for FdA Early Childhood Studies, Tracy Gearon, said having the opportunity to “observe and participate in early years education in Sweden was extremely beneficial for students”.


“Such an experience gave students invaluable experience working with a curriculum that focuses on nurturing the child’s search for knowledge through play and social interaction; a contrast to the more rigorous UK early years curriculum,” she said.


“However, the students soon discovered that Sweden was also considering the inclusion of more assessment within their education. So the sharing of ideas and concerns was definitely a two-way dialogue. They are now looking forward to meeting up with reciprocating students in the summer.”


Lecturer for Access to Higher Education at Cornwall College Saltash, Norma Barrett, added that the trip to Sweden had been an incredibly valuable experience for Access students who are applying for university places.


“Through working in partnership with Point Europa, the College is proud to develop rewarding links with schools in Europe,” she said.

“We look forward to continuing this partnership over the coming years to continue enhancing the student experience.”


For more information about the range of Access to Higher Education courses available across The Cornwall College Group, please visit www.cornwall.ac.uk or contact the College on 0330 123 2523.


For further media details, please contact Jamie Knights, PR Manager for The Cornwall College Group, Tel: 01209 6163101, Mob: 07795 814308 Email: jamie.knights@cornwall.ac.uk


Notes to Editors:

Cornwall College is part of The Cornwall College Group, which incorporates Duchy College, Falmouth Marine School and Bicton College and is one of the largest FE and He providers in the South West.

Cornwall College is recognised as one of the best catering colleges in the UK, with Centre of Excellence status in three disciplines, accredited by People First.

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