The College recently hosted two groups of Israeli teachers to give them a flavour of life in a secondary education environment in England.
The visit was organised in partnership with the University of Exeter and PROTEACH; a project that seeks to promote Israeli teachers’ professional fulfilment and retention in the first five years of their career.
The eleven-strong group visited the College in March in order to observe lessons and teaching styles with a focus on student learning and teachers’ professional identity. Teachers visited the College’s Art, Mathematics and Physical Education Departments to get an understanding of teaching practices in the UK.
Member of PROTEACH staff, Dr Wallid Dalawusha, said of the visit: “There is a real cultural difference between teaching styles in Israel and in the United Kingdom. The style of teaching at Newton Abbot College is very flexible and the classroom climate is good. Students really respect the staff here and teachers give students their attention from the first moment of the lesson to the last. The focus in English classrooms is really on the students; they are given missions and are helped to achieve them. I think we need to change certain styles back in Israel. Teachers need to be more flexible and trust needs to be built to create a better relationship between them and the students.”
Newton Abbot College visit organiser, David Evans, said: “It was a real privilege to welcome our Israeli guests. We are extremely proud of our teaching practice here at Newton Abbot College and we hope that their visit will inform their own classroom approach in the future.”