Skolen ved Bülowsvej is situated in a 100% urban setting. We are a combined primary –and secondary school with roughly 800 pupils and 70 staff. However, about 50% of our students are in General Secondary Education, and the possibility of working together with people from other parts of the world has proved to be extremely positive and motivating both for teachers and students. A European project such as this, will enable the teachers to share and exchange pedagogical experiences as well as teaching methods and materials, but it will also increase everybody's motivation even more at school, make them improve their communicative skills, open their minds as European citizens and help them understand the world and respect other cultures. We see participation in this project as an opportunity to establish an environment in which our school can create an innovative challenging but achievable curriculum for all of our students including those with special needs as well as the most able. We feel a curriculum which integrates multiculturalism and international aspects is a vehicle which allows us to create a scheme of work which empowers our students with the sort of education which prepares them for a secure economic future. A key transferable skill we want to build upon, is the students communication skills and in turn boost their self confidence through contact with young people throughout Europe. We aim to equip our students with the necessary tools to enable them to achieve long-term economic well-being by providing our students with the necessary skills to prepare them for their futures. These include the ability to interpret and apply information effectively, to promote communication skills and to develop mastery of artistic, cultural and practical competencies. The PISA study indicates that the standard of linguistic and communication skills within students’ mother tongues had remained static throughout most of Europe. If our schools are to fulfil their primary function of providing an education to equip our students for adulthood, we must explore methods to improve students’ effective communication skills. When it comes to disadvantaged pupils or pupils with special needs we have a few, but they only constitute a VERY small percentage and are all well-integrated in their respective classes. The school has diversified the educational offer enormously and has incorporated different types of studies and teaching approaches over the years in order to cater for the huge variety of students’ interests and needs that have to be met every day.
We believe that a cooperation between international partners enriches the education system, both for the teachers and for the pupils. Sharing ideas and experience increases the children’s knowledge in order to develop an understanding of the world. Our school would hope that participating in this partnership will broaden our pupils educational experience and encourage them to interact with their peers across Europe more confidently. With the expanding use of ICT in our schools it is also hoped that our pupils will get the opportunity (by participating in the partnership) to enhance their language skills and acquire a vast knowledge of the different cultures spread out across Europe today. Furthermore, we aim to develop links with other schools in Europe, which may lead to an exchange of (teaching) materials and ideas.