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European Visit
by N Mazey - Monday, 6 December 2010, 11:47 AM

European educationalists visit Blackwood Comprehensive School to learn about community focused schools developments

A group of educationalists from across Europe who are taking part in the European Commission's Transversal programme visited Blackwood Comprehensive School to learn about the school’s extensive community provision. The visitors included school teachers, headteachers, representatives from higher education establishments and co-ordinators of community schools.

Pam Boyd, Executive Director, ContinYou Cymru, the hosting organisation ion Wales explains ‘Whilst at the school, the European visitors will be learning about how and why schools, in urban and rural areas, are developing their community focused schools provision to meet the needs of children and young people, their families and communities to improve learning and wellbeing. This will include looking at aspects of community focused provision including multi-agency working; access to community facilities; out-of-school-hours learning activities; family learning activities; lifelong learning; community development and Local Authorities’ vision and strategies. We are delighted that there is such a high level of interest and enthusiasm to study practice in Wales.’

Whilst at Blackwood, the visitors spent time at the Community College which is situated on the site of Blackwood Comprehensive School. Delegates were impressed by the number and quality of community activities taking place throughout the school day until 9.00 pm on weekdays and on weekends. These activities include Sports and Dance Clubs; Arts, Crafts and Language classes; and lessons in ICT and Family Literacy.

The School’s many links with the community also help to enhance and enrich extended learning for pupils at the school. Presentations were made by Leaders of the school’s Outreach, Family Literacy and ASDAN programmes, which utilise community expertise and resources as part of the provision. In addition, pupils from the Media Committee, demonstrated their award winning DVD on the dangers of drinking and driving.

Headteacher, Ravi Pawar, explains: “It was a pleasure to welcome visitors from across Europe to our school to consider the ways in which we work with the community for the benefit of our pupils and the community our school serves. We work closely with the Community College to provide facilities which are used extensively throughout the week and provide an essential community resource. In addition, we depend upon volunteers and community groups to help us provide extended learning for our pupils, and we are keen to develop this further in the future.”

European Visit