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Discovering solutions in education

Opportunity

Education study visits allow people to learn, to make contacts, and exchange ideas and opportunities, whether at a very senior ministerial level or among classroom teachers. It can often be beneficial for a group of people in one country to experience the way that things are handled elsewhere.

Solution

We provide a full service for education study visits: designing the visit, handling the practicalities, and providing someone to accompany the delegates, mediating the experience and helping them think about what they are learning. We continue to work with delegates on their return, to take forward what they have learned in their own situations.

Visits have ranged from northern Nigeria to China to Bangladesh, and from India to Australia and North America. We handle periodic delegations of Chinese teachers traveling to the UK to visit schools and meet colleagues.

We provide a range of visits tailored to the needs of our clients and beneficiaries:

  • High-level visits: We can organize visits for small numbers of high-level education officials, whether national or provincial level. These visits are tailored towards specific schools and key government institutions, and are facilitated by our more senior staff.
  • Training visits: Often oriented to middle-level education managers such as head teachers, these visits combine trips to schools and local education authorities with customized training.
  • Shadowing: These visits are oriented to practitioners who want to get in-depth insights into an education system. They combine exposure to the education system with a concentrated spell in a school.

Outcome

As part of our Haidian Inspector Capacity Building Project, we brought inspectors from Haidian District (Beijing) to the UK to help them to get a real insight into the UK Inspection System. We arranged for teachers from Haidian District to build their knowledge on teaching strategies and become familiar with the UK education system.

As part of our role to strengthen the capacity of India’s National Council of Educational Research and Training, we arranged study tours to the UK and North America to expose staff to international best practice in program evaluation and learning assessment.

Through our Lifelong Learning project in Turkey, we have arranged one national and seven international study visits. This has included trips to Finland, Spain, and the Netherlands to introduce participants to lifelong learning policies in other countries.

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