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Diversity in the classroom:
Netley and Torriano Primary School Study visits


LONDON (United Kingdom)

26 – 28 February 2020

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Local partners organize these international courses in cooperation with Eekhout Academy.


There is a growing diversity in today’s classrooms. More and more pupils come from different backgrounds, speak different languages and have different learning needs.
Camden is a borough in London which is known for its multicultural society and big social differences.
We will visit Netley Primary school and Torriano Primary, two schools that reflect this society each in their own way.
The participants will experience how both schools cope with this diversity and use this diversity to optimize the teacher’s and pupil’s learning.
The participants will be welcomed in the classrooms to observe and talk with teachers, parents and pupils in order to see their work concerning the Global Goals, gender issues and sustainable citizenship.

Example of programme

Wednesday 26 February at 4 p.m. (16h): introduction
- Welcome to the course
- Introduction to the UK Education System, The Role of the Local Authority and Ofsted
- R
eflection and Evaluation

Thursday 27 February: Torriano School
- Welcome and introduction to Torriano school: school profile and vision, objectives, …
- Study visit: how the learning environment supports the vision and ethos
- Lesson observations in different year groups
- Feedback and discussion
- Lunch in school
- Keynote ‘Developing respect, tolerance and understanding in our school community’
- Workshops
- Feedback and evaluation  

Friday 28 February: Netley primary school
- Introduction to the school
* School Profile and Diversity
* Who do I want to be?
* Teaching and Learning
- Class visits: observation of teaching and learning
- Meeting with Heads of School and discussion on Inclusion, Language and Communication
- Meet the children
- Lunch in school
- Philosophy for Children
- Year 6 – P4C lesson
- Carousel of discussions
* Early Years
* Inclusion
* Maths
* Working with parents and families
- Reflection and evaluation

AcQuired competences

  • Develop an understanding of the concept of motivation
  • Understand what factors can influence motivation
  • Understand the relation between self-determination theory and enhanced motivation
  • Be able to design a school or class room atmosphere improving motivation
  • Understand the advantage of cooperation between school and industry / services
  • Understand the interaction in a classroom
  • Understand the relation between class room interaction and motivation
  • Gain insight and develop strategy in setting up a cooperation between the organisation  and the surrounding
  • Pick up ideas from other countries which they can incorporate and transfer into their own practice;
  • Develop their portfolio, in order to structure new ideas and insights
  • Write their own action plan on the setting up of the quality system of their organisation
  • Improved competence of the use of colloquial English.
  • Use of working methods of cooperative learning to have more effective meetings.
  • Improved knowledge of other European educational systems.
  • Improved insight of differences and similarities between European countries, resulting in a better understanding and respect.

Feedback from participants

  • Really enjoyed it!!! I liked Joe’s good vibes and Wim’s authority.
  • It was a great course. I learned a lot and we got a lot of input to work with at school.
  • I would like to be informed on the coming courses. Such courses should be open to all administrative staff members in all schools.
  • Discussions, questions, games and exercises made this seminar interesting and useful.
  • Nice international colleagues!



The seminar is organized in a hotel located in the historic centre of the city.
There is a easy access from the airport by train.
If you would arrive earlier (Friday or Saturday) and/or leave later (Saturday or Sunday) we can book those supplementary nights at a reduced cost of € 80/night (breakfast included). Most of the participants arrive on Saturday afternoon.


We offer 2 packages:

  • Study visits only: € 415 (oyster card included)
  • Full package: € 605
  • The tuition fee covers: course material and study visits (oyster card included)
  • The accommodation cost covers: the hotel rooms from Wednesday 26 February until Friday 28 February 2020 in a double room (breakfast included), the midday lunches during the course.


- At least every 20 minutes there is a train to Brussels where you have 3 stations: Brussel Noord, Brussel Centraal and Brussel Zuid.
- In every of these stations in Brussels, you can take twice an hour, a direct train to Brugge. The train journey takes about 45 minutes.
- The taxi service of Brugge is situated right at the exit of the station. On foot it's 1300 m from the train station to the hotel.   

- A rental car can be hiredat the airport of Brussels. Check the prices of rental cars on internet.
- It's about 110 km from the airport to Brugge. Leaving the airport, you immediately can take the high way (ring R0 around Brussels and E40 to Brugge) 
- It's particularly difficult to cross the ring of Brussels between 08.00-09.30 h and 16.00-18.00 h.


Don't hesitate to contact us if you need more information on the content and the organization of the course.
We can provide support during the process, give some help and provide tips for the application documents, advice you on the European Staff Development Plan (part of the application) or your professionalization plan and help you after approval with the practical arrangements (e.g. information on travel and accommodation).

For more information, please contact Mr Wim Simoens, course director.