A Staffordshire school Principal has returned from an Asian adventure after being picked to train teachers in China.
After being commissioned by the British Council, a Senior Lecturer at Staffordshire University asked Alison Parr, Principal of Blackfriars Academy in Newcastle-under-Lyme, to teach creativity and support English teachers in teaching drama on the Chinese curriculum.
The Head of Blackfriars, which is an outstanding school, said: “They’ve identified a need to create a more flexible approach to the way that they teach and I am honoured to be part of this development.”
While on the fully-funded trip, Mrs Parr, who has previous experience of teaching courses on creativity in Asia and India, worked with qualified English teachers looking at different theoretical and pedagogical models and applying them to educational paradigms.
Mrs Parr explained: “We explored ideas of teaching creatively, teaching creativity and providing a creative learning environment to enable students to question their learning.”
Following another successful visit, the British Council continues to work with educators from around the world to share teaching practices and change lives.