We were thrilled to welcome a group of leading Japanese educationalists to King’s!

Thirteen education specialists from Japan visited us on October 10th, as part of their ‘Institute of Project-Based Learning’ UK study tour.

Mrs Oldham, who is Key Stage 2 Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) Coordinator at King’s Ely Prep, was instrumental in the group’s visit.

Our guests included University Professors, Principals, Teachers, Teacher Training Students, and Entrepreneurs in the education sector. The aim of their tour is to explore educational traditions and practices in the UK. The group are particularly interested in schools which encompass students of all ages, like King’s does. This concept has been gaining popularity in Japan, where senior high schools establish attached junior schools, or junior highs extend to elementary levels.

Mrs Oldham said: “The visit began with an assembly, when Sixth Form student, Eito Takizawa, came over to Prep to help pupils with some everyday greetings, so that we could welcome our visitors with a cheerful “Ohayo gozaimasu!” After an introduction to the school and a guided tour, our guests had the opportunity to observe lessons in a wide range of subjects. The group thoroughly enjoyed their visit and commented on how creative the lessons were and how polite all the pupils were. One of the Teachers has already expressed an interest in forging a partnership with us, working on collaborative projects throughout the year. Watch this space!”

Our visitors are pictured here with Mrs Oldham (far right) and Head of Prep, Richard Whymark (far left).

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