Teachers from across
Europe have been visiting Hethersett to learn more about life in an
The visit of 16
teachers to Hethersett Middle School from Romania, Spain, Sweden and
Italy is part of the EEC funded Comenius Project that funds schools to
work together on a community project.
Six schools are
currently taking part in the project to look at different lifestyles,
customs and education in different countries. Hethersett Middle School
is the first British school to take part.
“The project gives as
the perfect opportunity to study schooling and customs in different
countries. We wanted to become involved because we saw the value of
exchanging ideas,” said Head of Hethersett Middle School Andy Whittle.
Over the past two years
teachers from Hethersett Middle have travelled to all the countries
“It has definitely
widened our horizons and given us an insight into how education is
delivered in other parts of Europe,” Mr Whittle added.
This month (May) it was
the turn of staff from schools in Tradate and Savona, Italy,
Staffanstorp in Sweden, Timisora in Romania and Badajoz in Spain to
During a week long
visit they spent time in the classroom with local children, looking at
our lifestyles and what gives our specific culture its identity. The
visitors also found time for a number of social events and visits to
Norwich and the North Norfolk coast.
A special section on
the Comenius Project is available on Hethersett Middle School’s web
site at www.hethersettmiddle.norfolk.sch.uk