German Exchange Programme23-Oct-2019
Furness Academy Students to embark on once-in-a-lifetime international exchange to Germany
Furness Academy students will embark on an international exchange to Germany as part of a new £2.5 million Department for Education programme in partnership with the British Council.
The group of 20 students will spend a week in Germany linking up with a partner school in Rodgau, near Frankfurt. They will learn about Germany’s culture, history and language through a variety of activities including cultural visits, lesson in schools and by working with their German partners. The German students have already visited Furness Academy, joining the school for a week earlier this term.
British Council research has found that just 39% of British secondary schools run traditional international exchanges, in comparison with more than three quarters (77%) of independent schools. A separate survey of university language students found that nearly two thirds (62%) had been inspired to study a language degree as the result of an international exchange.
The international school exchange programme offers grants to secondary schools in England with above-average numbers of pupil premium students. It will give thousands of pupils a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience new cultures, improve language skills, and build independence and resilience.
Amy Warner, Marketing Manager at Furness Academy said: “Our exchange programme is already underway as we welcomed 14 students and 2 staff members from our partner school, Georg -Büchner-Schule at the end of September. We had a wonderful week showing them around our school, having the students join ours in lesson, day trips to the Lakes, Liverpool and Manchester and building positive relationships with our partners. We cannot wait for our return visit to Rodgau in February. We are so grateful to the British Council for their support in helping to fund this amazing opportunity.”
Vicky Gough, schools adviser at the British Council, said: “This school exchange to Germany will immerse Furness Academy students in a very different way of life, and the memories they’ll make will no doubt stay with them for years to come. International experience can have a positive and long-lasting effect on people’s lives, which is why it’s particularly important that we support pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds who might not otherwise get such an opportunity to learn about new cultures in this way.”
Education Secretary Damian Hinds said: “School exchanges are so valuable, bringing subjects such as modern languages and international history to life as well as helping pupils develop into confident, independent and well-rounded young people. This programme will help schools who may not have much experience organising trips abroad to ensure their pupils don’t miss out on all the fantastic benefits these experiences can bring, encouraging children to broaden their horizons and aim high throughout their education and beyond.”
The Department for Education grants go towards travel, accommodation and food costs for pupils and teachers. Pupils eligible for pupil premium funding are not required to contribute anything towards the international exchange