GC awarded eTwinning Quality Label for Go Green project
Gloucestershire College is delighted to have been awarded the eTwinning National Quality Label for its Go Green – The Rubbish Hunters project, as a mark of its commitment to quality, high levels of good practice and European collaboration.
The project was a dual enterprise between Developing Independence students at the College and Ozel Ari Okullari private school in Ankara, Turkey, through which students researched litter concerns around Gloucester Campus in order to come up with ideas for solutions.
These included creating posters, a time lapse film of students in Gloucester Atrium to observe rubbish habits, and a bespoke rubbish bin for the Atrium; every person who used the bin received a personalised GC litter bug. The Turkish school did the same, and throughout the project the two organisations shared ideas through the eTwinning website and via video link.
Alison Allen, the College’s eTwinning Ambassador, said: “We are thrilled to have earned another quality label for Gloucestershire College and I must extend our thanks to our Lecturer Angela Johnson, Teaching Assistant Suzanne Judd and students for working so hard on the project with our Turkish partners. This is concrete recognition for our staff and students, and will almost certainly boost our students’ work efforts.”
The judges said: “Congratulations on receiving a Quality Label for your project 'Go Green - The Rubbish Hunters.' This project is well integrated into the curriculum and it's clear that the pupils were encouraged to be the main force of the project.
“In addition to the video produced it has generated excellent results. It's great to see that students' self-esteem increased and also that the project facilitated integration between SEND and mainstream students, and reduced anti-social behaviour.”
eTwinning, the digital community for schools and colleges in 43 countries across Europe and beyond, is funded by the European Commission as part of the Erasmus+ programme and managed in the UK by the British Council.
The National Quality Label is issued to schools and colleges that produce outstanding work as part of their eTwinning partnership, to support learning aims and develop students’ soft skills; the transferable skills, personal qualities and attitudes that employers are looking for, such as communication, decision making, problem-solving and leadership.