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German teachers visit GC to learn environmentally aware best practice

20 October 2016
Image representing German teachers visit GC to learn environmentally aware best practice
Pictured L-R: David Auker-Howlett (construction) Dorle Kienecker (project leader) Steve Lewis (Construction) Martina Derschum (German visitor) Manuel Wegner(German Visitor) Colin Johnson (outdoor education) Chris Southcombe (building services)

GC Teaching staff have been sharing their environmentally aware best practice with teachers from Germany, as part of the Erasmus+ Programme.

In September teachers from partner school Friedrich-List-Berufskolleg, in the German town of Herford, shadowed a variety of GC lecturers who deliver environmental awareness as part of their subjects.

The teachers were led by Dorle Kienecker, and based mainly at the Forest of Dean campus, shadowing construction, building services, outdoor education and biology staff. They were introduced to the digital systems used by the College to reduce the organisation’s carbon footprint by becoming paper-free. These include software programs such as cloud-based software, Promonitor, e-portfolios for apprenticeships and the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) used by students.

They also visited Cheltenham Campus to observe teaching in the International Department, as well as Gloucester campus to observe teaching on technology courses.

The feedback from our German visitors was that the college had excellent organisation and that staff and students on all sites were extremely polite and friendly.

Erasmus+ projects such as this, allow teaching staff from partner schools in Europe the opportunity to develop their professional delivery of an important subject, which is integral to the education of the young people they teach.

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