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Lithuanian headteachers visit Rockwood Academy to share best practice on EAL and SEND

Posted by Stephanie Broad | July 07, 2016 | International

Thirty headteachers from Lithuania recently visited Rockwood Academy as part of a government drive to build relationships with Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Their six-day stay in the UK was organised by the British Council, where the headteachers visited five schools and learned about how the British education system works.  

The purpose of the visit was to also gain an insight into how British schools tackle the challenges involved with teaching pupils from a wide range of backgrounds - including pupils with English as an Additional Language (EAL) or Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). 

Run by CORE Education Trust, Rockwood Academy has an above average number of pupils with EAL or SEND. It also has an above average number of students entitled to pupil premium, which is additional funding provided by the government for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and children looked after in public care. 

Fuzel Choudhury, Principal, said: “It was an absolute delight to be able to welcome the delegation from Lithuania to see our school and share the work we do to create the best opportunities for each and every one of our pupils.

“I hope the headteachers from Lithuania were inspired by what they saw here and we can form a small part of their future as they also drive their schools onto successful futures.” 

Adrian Packer, CEO of CORE Education Trust, said: “We are very proud of Rockwood Academy and it is a joy to be able to open our doors to international visitors to share our success story and to influence teaching models across the world.” 

Žydronė Žukauskaitė, Director of Education at the Lithuanian Ministry of Education and Science, said: “We were very impressed by Rockwood Academy, particularly by its pursuit for excellence and its high expectations and aspirations for its pupils and teachers alike. 

“The school’s approach to leadership, which sees its Principal delegating and entrusting his deputies to share, spread and implement his vision is certainly a style I think we could emulate in Lithuania.” 

Artūras Vasiliauskas, Country Director at British Council Lithuania, said: “Myself and the rest of the delegates were truly inspired to see the incredible transformation CORE Education Trust and Rockwood Academy have achieved in such a short space of time.

“There are many lessons we have learned from our visit that we plan to take back to our classrooms in Lithuania.”    

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