Award for school bringing the world into the classroom

Published Wednesday, 16 December 2020

A Coventry primary school has won a prestigious national award for its work to link pupils with classrooms around Europe.

Children at Alderman’s Green Community Primary show off the award

Alderman’s Green Community Primary scooped the highly regarded British Council eTwinning National Award for its incredible project using digital collaborative tools.

eTwinning is an online community for schools in Europe which spans 44 countries and allows classrooms to work together.

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities and the awards recognise outstanding international projects led by UK schools throughout the 2019-20 academic year.

Alderman’s Green created a project called Black and White and pupils were challenged to look at the world without colour. They learnt computer coding skills using binary and wrote a collaborative story with their peers across Europe including schools in Spain, Turkey, Croatia, Italy, France and Poland.

Jenny Tegerdine, Headteacher of Alderman’s Green Primary said: “We are delighted to have been the awarded an eTwinning National Award. Everyone at Alderman’s Green Primary has enjoyed working with our partner schools on Black and White. To secure the award is a real honour for the students and teachers who participated in the project. The eTwinning project has allowed the students to experience working and learning collaboratively with peers outside of their own classrooms and have developed their communication skills in English and other languages.”

Cllr Kevin Maton, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “I want to give my congratulations to everyone involved in this fantastic project at Alderman’s Green. Working with our friends in so many different countries will have been a valuable and fun learning experience and the award is very well deserved.” 

eTwinning has seen over 860,000 teachers from 44 countries across Europe and beyond register since 2005. The programme is funded by the European Commission as part of the Erasmus+ programme and is managed in the UK by the British Council. The eTwinning National Award is issued to schools that produce outstanding work as part of their eTwinning partnership.

Coventry City Council