School to host visitors from Chile
CLEVEDON School will play host to a delegation of Chilean educationalists.
The visit today from members of one of Chile's main educational charities, Sumate, is one of a number to schools across England co-ordinated by leading UK educational organisation Independent Thinking.
The visitors will observe innovations in classroom practice, school organisation and leadership at Clevedon School in order to improve practice in Sumate schools.
Jim Smith, acting deputy head teacher at Clevedon School, said: "This is a chance for us to help and learn from fellow teachers who are doing such a great job teaching the neediest children in a country where education is the only way out of poverty."
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The charity works with the poorest fifth of the children who have been neglected by the state and who would otherwise find themselves without any formal education. They run four schools in some of Santiago's poorest areas and are currently building a fifth in one of southern Chile's most deprived rural areas. Sumate is the educational arm of Chile's most important social charity, Hogar de Christo (Christ's Home).
Independent Thinking, which has worked closely with Clevedon School for a number of years, was set up in 1995 by leading UK educational writer and innovator Ian Gilbert who, until recently was based in Santiago. It works with schools around the country highlighting, supporting and sharing world-class practice in UK education.
Mr Gilbert said: "I have seen the Sumate schools and met the children they are serving for myself.
"I know how much good we can do by showing their teachers ways of engaging and teaching even the most disaffected and hard-to-reach children. So much of the great work that goes in UK schools we take for granted."