Levett Consultancy as an active technology company in Europe was approached by the Gothenburg Center of School Improvement to help facilitate 120 Gothenburg Schools to visit schools in the UK in January 2014. As part of the visit Gothenburg Schools also wanted to visit the BETT show. The aim of the visit was to share educational best practices, cultural exchanges with each other and create strong school partnership links.
Then to reciprocate the Swedish Schools visit to UK schools in January 2014, UK schools were invited to visit Gothenburg schools in June 2014.
Our Consultancy service worked with the Gothenburg Center of School Improvement to create placement opportunities based upon what each Swedish school wanted to see in the UK. We then worked with each UK school to ensure each group of Swedish visitors were escorted to each school and introduced to a lead teacher who would demonstrate how they use technology to create positive learning outcomes.
At the end of the week Levett Consultancy arranged a tour of the 2014 BETT show for all the Swedish school who visited the UK. We pre-arranged visits to vendor stands including Google Education and PurpleMash, so the Swedish schools could see demonstrations and ask vendor specific questions.
After the Gothenburg schools returned from Sweden, Levett Consultancy then worked with the Gothenburg Center of School Improvement to facilitate bringing over UK schools to Gothenburg. This involved Levett Consultancy arranging:
- 3 day Educational trip to Gothenburg
- Dedicated member of staff for each school visit
- ATOL certificate for all schools visiting Gothenburg
- Return travel from the UK to Gothenburg
- Return transfers from the airport to hotels
- Public transport links to schools
- Itinerary of school visits based on what UK wanted to see
Then during June 2014 a dozen UK schools visited Gothenburg over the 3 days observe teaching and learning practices across a wide variety of Gothenburg City schools covering Early Years through to Key Stage 2.
The visit was a complete success where Gothenburg schools have benefited from establishing strong links with English schools. Schools from both countries are now also implementing some of the teaching techniques discovered on both trips. Due to the success of the trip, we are already planning to do it all over again in 2015.
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It was a great trip and a valuable experience. I would recommend it to colleagues. I thought it was really well planned by Levett Consultancy. Emma Roussel (Class Teacher)
The visit to Sweden made me more aware of how independent children can be in pre school. Amena Rahman (Assistant Head Teacher)
Fjallboskolan was a great example of a calm, nurturing environment. The building was exceptional in terms of its circular construction, meaning children could be seen at all times and classrooms were easily accessible. The outside Maths games seen at Skutehagen were very creative.Arianne Ansell-Jones (Class Teacher)