Education charity learns from town school

PUBLISHED: 13:00 01 December 2012

(L-R) Claudia Pizarro from Sumate,  Clevedon School headteacher John Wells presenting Daniela Pizarro from Sumate with a Clevedon School handbook, Luis Valenzuela (Sumate) and Miss Jara-Reyes (Clevedon School)

(L-R) Claudia Pizarro from Sumate, Clevedon School headteacher John Wells presenting Daniela Pizarro from Sumate with a Clevedon School handbook, Luis Valenzuela (Sumate) and Miss Jara-Reyes (Clevedon School)

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SKILLS and knowledge were shared between teachers when a delegation from Chile visited Clevedon School.

The visitors were representatives of the Chilean educational charity, Sumate, which works with some of the poorest children who have been neglected by the state and would otherwise find themselves without formal schooling.

The visit on November 21 was held to allow them to learn about classroom practices, school organisation and the leadership at Clevedon School, in the hope of then improving practices in Sumate’s four Santiago schools.

It was organised by UK educational organisation, Independent Thinking, which has worked with Clevedon School for a number of years and was set up by educational writer Ian Gilbert, who until recently, was based in Santiago.

Independent Thinking works with schools across the country to highlight, support and share world-class practice in UK education.

Jim Smith, acting deputy headteacher 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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