Hawes Side link across the globe

Hawe Side Academy  year 3 teacher Ashley Dawson with some of the children at Barat Primary School
Hawe Side Academy year 3 teacher Ashley Dawson with some of the children at Barat Primary School

Youngsters at one Blackpool school are looking further afield than mainland Europe when it comes to twinning.

The resort’s Hawes Side Academy links with Barat Primary School in Kenya.

Mrs Kirsty Randles from Haw Side Academy joins in a sports lesson with pupils from Barat Primary School in Kenya

Mrs Kirsty Randles from Haw Side Academy joins in a sports lesson with pupils from Barat Primary School in Kenya

The partnership is part of Connecting Classrooms, a global education programme run by the British Council in partnership with the Department for International Development with the aim of equipping teachers with the knowledge and techniques to teach young people the skills they need to live and work in a globalised economy.

The programme enables teachers to visit partner schools in other countries to exchange insights and ideas on how to improve teaching and learning.

As a result, Year Three teachers Kirsty Randles and Ashley Dawson went to Barat Primary and shared with the Kenyan children work that the Blackpool youngsters are doing as part of the Sustainable Development Goal of achieving zero hunger in the world.

Link teacher Marianne Beckett said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for both our school community and the children we teach.”

Hawe Side Academy in Blackpool is linking with Barat Primary School in Kenya through the Connecting Classrooms project

Hawe Side Academy in Blackpool is linking with Barat Primary School in Kenya through the Connecting Classrooms project

Headteacher Michael Shepherd added: “The Connecting Classrooms project has proven to be a wonderful opportunity for our children to become more globally aware and one, with the support of the Year Three and Four team, they have taken with great enthusiasm.

“The partnerships that are being forged are unique and exciting for the children both here and in Kenya and we are further excited by future possibilities.”

Learning is fun at Barat Primary as Hawe Side Academy Year Three teacher Kirsty Randles found out when she visited the twin school in Kenya

Learning is fun at Barat Primary as Hawe Side Academy Year Three teacher Kirsty Randles found out when she visited the twin school in Kenya