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British Council Award

02 Feb 2020   |   Nigel Lowther, on behalf of Littlecoates Primary Academy   |   Littlecoates Primary Academy

Links between Trust academies and Bangladesh are to be forged after the award of a large grant by the British Council. Littlecoates Primary Academy will lead a collaboration of three schools after being awarded £11,400 as part of the organisation’s Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning programme. Beacon Academy in Cleethorpes and Louth’s LaceyField Academy will also benefit from the grant. The schools will partner with three schools in Bangladesh, with reciprocal staff visits part of the project.  Littlecoates Principal Neville Wilkinson was delighted with the award, he said:

“It builds on our work with the British Council that has seen our pupils benefit from links around the world,” he said. This is the largest grant we have received and we are excited about the opportunities it will offer with the schools in Bangladesh. The international aspect to our work in the classroom is important to the children here.  It is about broadening their experiences and widening their horizons.”

Connecting Classrooms is run in more than 30 countries by the British Council in partnership with the Department for International Development.  It helps young people develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes to make a positive contribution to their world. The programme enables teachers to pass on these skills to children in their classroom and visit partner schools in other countries to exchange insights and ideas on how to improve teaching and global learning.

Sir Ciarán Devane, CEO of the British Council, said: ‘I am delighted that Littlecoates, Beacon and LaceyField Academies are taking on this excellent opportunity to develop their professional practice by collaborating with teachers from Bangladesh and the UK.  Their commitment to equip young people with skills and understanding for life and work in an increasingly global economy is to be commended.”

Previously, Littlecoates has benefitted from a link up with a Moroccan school through the British Council and has hosted teachers from Poland.

Teacher Tom Cadman, the school’s international coordinator, spent time in October half-term at its partner school in Morocco after one of its teachers visited Grimsby.

The Academy’s a recipient of the British Council’s International School Award for its commitment to internationalism.


Photo: The British Council’s John Rolfe MBE (second left) presents an International School Award plaque to Principal Neville Wilkinson watched by Lincolnshire-based British Council ambassador Chris Williams, who introduced Littlecoates Primary to the organisation, head boy and girl Edgar and Kaydie and teacher Tom Cadman.

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