Manchester teachers visit China to share SEN best practice

Melland China visitTwo teachers from Melland High School, an outstanding SEN school, part of the Bright Futures Educational Trust, have visited a school in China to exchange best practice in teaching young people with special needs.

Sheila Durdey, Teacher of PSHCE at Melland and Zoe Edgar, Head of Key Stage 3, visited Hadian Special School in Beijing as part of the British Council ‘Connecting Classrooms’ initiative.

Melland High School is the first SEN school in Greater Manchester to be involved in the project, and in July, teachers from Hadian will be coming to the North West to visit Melland to see their own provisions in practice. The trip follows an earlier visit to China from CEO of the Bright Futures Educational Trust Dana Ross-Wawrzynski.

Sheila Durdey said: “This was a fascinating experience for Zoe and me, as we are really keen to extend our international learning programme.

“Whilst at Hadian, we were able to observe different teaching styles and also had the opportunity to teach students. We were able to compare the different education systems and how the school supports learners with special needs both in school and in the wider community.

“We’re really excited to continue sharing our best practice with other schools – this is a big focus for Melland and the Bright Futures Educational Trust.”

This trip is just part of what Melland High School hopes will be a global project and strong relationship going forward. The school is also planning to apply for an International School Award as part of its ongoing work with schools abroad.