Newton Abbot College welcomed visiting Swedish teacher, Lotta Lind, as part of the ongoing working relationship between the College and Bromangymnasiet, a 16 – 19 Sixth Form further education establishment in Hudiksvall, Sweden.
Having enjoyed links with the College for over ten years, more than twenty members of staff have visited from Sweden over the last few years to share expertise, best practice and staff development opportunities, as well as observe how the College teaches students. Furthermore, Bromangymnasiet sends students over annually to complete work placements in the Newton Abbot area.
Ms Lind split her five day visit between the Physical Education and English Departments to observe both classes and teaching styles; with differences between the two countries being evident:
“This is my third visit to Newton Abbot College” Ms Lind explains “and the longest I have spent here. Newton Abbot College have been incredibly welcoming and I have seen some of the cultural differences and similarities between our two countries; most strikingly was that students are the same….the world over! I will be taking some of the aspects I have observed here back home with me. I have seen many changes at Newton Abbot College over the years – and all of them have been incredibly positive. I would really like to come back in the future!”
Assistant Principal, Steve Kocur, who has visited Bromangymnasiet, has been thrilled both with Ms Lind’s most recent visit and the annual influx of work placement students, “This is fantastic for the town of Newton Abbot as well as the College. These visits are crucial in nurturing relationships that have been fostered over ten years. With the continued sharing of ideas and experience, we can both benefit as places of education and strive to make them the best they can be.”