Gainsborough primary school wins award for work in international education

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A Gainsborough primary school has been awarded a prestigious national award for bringing the world into the classroom.

Frances Olive Anderson CofE Primary School in Lea received the International Award at the TES School Awards due to its outstanding work in international education on June 23.

The awards are sponsored by the British Council and the prestigious event took place at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

Five years ago Frances Olive Anderson became twinned with Mohammad Shamel State School in Lebanon in an attempt to put a human face to the global headlines about the refugee crisis.

The British Council’s Head of Schools Programmes’, Mark Herbert, presented the award and said: “Frances Olive Anderson Primary School has consistently brought the world into its classrooms, by building strong and lasting connections with schools in Lebanon.

“In order for our young people to understand the world around them, it is important that they don’t just learn about other cultures but learn alongside them as well as learn.

“Frances Olive Anderson is certainly leading the way in this respect and sets an excellent example for other schools in how they too can become more globally engaged.

“We are delighted to be working with TES on this important work and delighted to be working with this inspirational primary school”

Stewart Cook, international coordinator at Frances Olive Anderson, said: “I am truly delighted that we have won this important award.

“The evening was a fantastic celebration of everything that is great about teaching and every moment was filled with reminders about why our profession is one of the best in the world.

“It was humbling to see so many amazing schools receiving recognition for the great work that they do.

“Receiving this award – to say that we stand side by side with such dedicated, inspirational professionals – is a moment that we will remember for the rest of our lives.”

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