Our partnered schools are doing great work – even Ofsted is impressed! Fay Jagot of Battle & Langton School reports:
When Battle and Langton School became involved in the Hastings Sierra Leone Friendship Link in 2016, we knew it would be valuable to our school community. We are therefore so pleased that the positive impact of the partnership was fully appreciated when Ofsted visited in June 2019.
As a school, we could talk about our opportunities to deliver global, national and local community projects. We were able to discuss the intrinsic links with the “Modern British Values” being taught. The “Global Waste” project running across the two continents gave our children a democratic voice and a respect for other cultures and the environment.
The Ofsted Inspector appeared impressed. “The children are able to talk about the messages they have received from across the world. They are so enthusiastic, especially on their drive to address environmental issues,” she said.
A direct quote from the inspection report says “This link encourages the pupils to understand what life is like for children in other countries and gives them a real purpose for writing.”
Of course this is true, but more than that, we have children that have been inspired to learn and build new global friendships.