For the fifth year running, we welcomed a group of trainee primary teachers from the Schwyz University of Teacher Education in Switzerland in June for a programme focussed on experiencing the British primary education system first-hand. As well as doing some methodology options at NILE, they also spent 6 days in primary schools and visited a local secondary school to get a taste of our education system at both levels. The primary schools really enjoyed hosting them and the trainees were keen to get involved and bring a different perspective on education and culture to their schools, conducting a range of Switzerland-related activities with the pupils. They enjoyed a varied programme of optional social programme activities including an inter-country pub quiz, bowling and a pub tour. We look forward to hosting another group next year.
The participants said:
"It was nice to see two different primary schools because I got some useful ideas for my teaching in Switzerland"
"Altogether it was a great experience and I thank NILE for the friendliness."
"Very friendly staff, competent teachers, interesting school placements. Thank you very much for the experience".
It was a genuine pleasure to welcome the Swiss trainees from NILE into Bignold Primary School in Norwich. We are a school that values diversity (there are 48 different languages spoken here) and we are always keen to allow our children to meet and get to know people from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures. The NILE trainees slotted into our school life seamlessly, they were eager, polite and friendly to all and were a real credit to themselves.
Chris Newman, Head of School, Bignold Primary School