"WIDENING HORIZONS" updated Sept 2015
Links between Birmingham Special Schools and Special Schools across Jamaica is working well, with support from the Special Education Team in Jamaica.
Interested schools MUST register their interest on the Connection Classrooms site. We are happy to help to get things started, but then its over to the lead school in UK to link with a school in Jamaica to establish and develop the links and then the UK school, or lead UK school for a cluster of 3 schools applies for funding to support activities which have a joint outcome approved of by Connecting Classrooms. The next round of applications is coming up soon.
We work through the Community Relations Officers in each of the 6 Education Regions in Jamaica. We don't have such strong links yet with other eligible countries - but we plan to develop this in future.
The link co-ordinator from Holyhead School, Birmingham has visited Manchester High School in Mandeville, Jamaica - and a team from St Thomas's Primary School Birmingham visited MacIntosh Memorial School.
UK SPECIAL EDUCATON TEAM IN JAMAICA - May 2013 Click here
CALTHORPE SPORTS COLLEGE AND WOODLAWN SPECIAL SCHOOL IN MANDEVILLE CELEBRATE THEIR LINK - May 2013
WELCOME TO SPOT VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL IN JAMAICA
AND HAMPSTED HEATH SCHOOL IN BIRMINGHAM - March 2013
We can offer UK schools a range of options to link with a school in Jamaica or one of the other Caribbean islands. Find out all about how your children can benefit from this great curriculum opportunity.
Cacoon Primary Principal, Carol Grant, got the warmest of welcomes from Head Teacher Lesley Ward and local community activists, children and parents when she visited Uplands Junior School in Wolverhampton in May 2012. Read the story in the Jamaican Gleaner 26th May 2012
With over 10 years experience of developing and managing various educational links between Jamaica and UK, we are are now developing and promoting a range of linking opportunities between UK and Jamaican schools. In the past academic year the LLI Unites team have supported the set up of 14 very successful teacher exchange visits.
We continue to work closely with the Jamaican Ministry of Education and this project started as part of the 50th Anniversary of Jamaican Independence Celebrations. So register with the project now for 2014.
We provide a range of options for Jamaican and UK schools and customise a package that will meet your curriculum and professional development needs, as well as meeting the wishes and aspirations of your partner school in Jamaica or UK.
The British Council "Connecting Classrooms" funding will support links with Caribbean schools, and we can help to arrange to link schools if required.
Although our focus has been on links with Jamaican schools, however we are very happy to support UK school links with schools in Trinidad and Tobago (the only other Caribbean islands listed) or any of the African countries listed: Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia or Zimbabwe.
Check out www.wideninghorizons.co.uk for the background to current developments.
Widening Horizons is managed by UK Charity "Jamaica 2000" which is run by a team of volunteers.