Feedback from UK schools
Why take part in the programme?
Schools that have hosted a teacher from Germany this academic year share their highlights and the benefits of the programme:
Visits can take place at any time between September and July with the freedom to tailor the programme to your common interests.
"It provides real opportunities for creativity. You can take it in any direction because you are not restricted." UK coordinating teacher, Putteridge High School
For schools without the luxury of a language assistant, the Host a Teacher programme allows pupils to benefit from a fresh injection of German culture and linguistic support at no extra cost.
"UK German Connection provides a great opportunity for schools to share their experience and knowledge in a cost-effective way." UK coordinating teacher, Charlton Manor Primary School
It's a great way to exchange resources
Need some ideas for activities to teach a certain topic? Teachers at Oakthorpe Primary were left feeling inspired after sharing ideas and resources with their teacher from Germany.
"Swapping ideas and sharing resources can be quite enlightening and stimulate further ideas for projects and links." UK coordinating teacher, Oakthorpe Primary
It's an excellent professional development opportunity
Hosting a teacher from Germany can give you a unique perspective of teaching techniques and can give you some fresh ideas to try out in the classroom.
"It was wonderful to be able to share my practice with the teacher and learn about how he teaches." UK coordinating teacher, Woodrow First School
Pupils benefit from cultural input and linguistic support
Bring pupils' learning to life! Having a native speaker in the classroom who is able to share first-hand cultural information provides students with a tangible learning experience and enthusiasm.
"The children gained a unique perspective into a different culture and way of life." UK coordinating teacher, Woodrow First School
"It was such a benefit having not only a "native speaker" but also a teacher - the pupils' preparation and performance in oral exams really benefitted from her presence and input."UK coordinating teacher, Kelso High School
It can lead to bigger things…
Hosting a teacher from Germany could open up further opportunities for activities or a possible link between the two schools.
After a very successful three weeks hosting a teacher from Stadt Gymnasium Löhne at Spalding High School, the new partners set up an orchestra exchange and are planning to continue this in 2016.
A new pen pal scheme has been set up between Year 7 pupils at Bishop's Hatfield Girls' School and Gymnasium Friedrich Ludwig Jahn as a result of the Host a Teacher visit.
"The visit has made the partnership real and personal to both pupils and staff." UK coordinating teacher, Bishop Hatfield Girls’ School
Top tips from UK hosting teachers
- Plan your visitor's timetable in advance, so that as many classes or year groups can benefit.
- Speak to the teacher before they come to ensure that you have broken the ice beforehand.
- Get them involved in all aspects of the school, not just the German department.
- Ask the German teacher to prepare a presentation of their school/local area or bring photos.
- Ask the German teacher to bring letters from their pupils introducing themselves as well as authentic materials.
"Our school felt that we had brought a piece of the world into the classroom by hosting the German teacher for 3 weeks. It encouraged our students to see things from a different perspective, preparing them to become good citizens." (UK coordinating teacher, Francis Askew Primary School)