Birmingham Catholic Primary Partnership

International work offers many opportunities to all who visit other countries through the BCPP international links.

It provides the following:

  • Professional development opportunities in Europe for staff
  • Improves the quality of teaching and learning across your school
  • Improves self-confidence and motivation among staff
  • Offers unique career development opportunities, which helps you retain staff
  • Increases skills and competences among all staff, not only teachers
  • Leads to new teaching ideas and improvements
  • Enhances teachers’ intercultural awareness
  • Supports the delivery of foreign languages across your school
  • Strengthens your school’s links with the local community
  • Enhances the reputation of your school in the UK and throughout Europe
Eskilstuna, Sweden
View summary of final report submitted to British Council regard International job shadowing opportunities carried out in Eskilstuna, Sweden 2015 - 2017.
Chicago 2009
Chicago 2009 Job-shadowing whilst a discussion with the teacher focussed on comparing and contrasting the writing process, the expectations and intended outcomes.
Chicago 2009
Discussions were held with the headteacher regarding the use of IT in lessons, who was particularly interested in how the UK differentiate the curriculum for differing abilities.
Chicago 2009
The Writers Workshop in Grade 4 which will form the basis of links between our schools
Chicago 2009
A disaster drill being practised by the whole school at St Therese Catholic School

Eskilstuna - Job Shadowing

History of previous work between the two cities

May 2017 - A visit by one UK headteacher, two SENCOs, and three early years teachers for the final international job shadowing experiences in Eskilstuna, to complete the 2015 - 2017 Erasmus+ funded work, took place.

February 2017 - BCPP/Eskilstuna Kommun submitted an Erasmus+ bid for the 2017 -2019 round of funding.

October 16 - A visit by three UK headteachers, three SENCo’s, and two English as additional language teachers for an international job shadowing experience in Eskilstuna.

June 16 - Visit by two secondary Eskilstuna teachers to a Birmingham secondary school.

May 16 - A visit by two UK headteachers, three SENCo’s, one English as an additional language teacher and three early years teachers for international job shadowing experiences in Eskilstuna.

March 16 - Two Eskilstuna students visited Birmingham to participate in a work placement.

October 2015 - Logistical planning visit to Eskilstuna Education Department by BCPP officers in preparation for work shadowing opportunities. Officers visited the schools to be used in this work shadowing interchange at the expense of the BCPP.

June 2015 - Informed Erasmus+ bid successful.

February 2015 - Erasmus+ bid submitted for 2015 -2017.

September 2014 - Pre-planning visit to Eskilstuna in preparation for an Erasmus+ bid by BCPP officers. BCPP officers visited the Eskilstuna International coordinator, a local university and the Eskilstuna Education Department. Thera were also visit of students from Newman University to Eskilstuna in this month.

September 2014 - Planning visit and visit of students from Newman University.

March 2014 - A visit by eight UK headteachers to Eskilstuna in March for job shadowing took place.

January 2014 - Students visited Eskilstuna from Newman University.

October 2013 - A visit by eight Headteachers from Eskilstuna to Birmingham for job shadowing took place.

2013 - The Director visited Eskilstuna Education Department and the schools to be used in this work shadowing interchange in March 2013, again at the expense of the BCPP. University links were set up as a result.

2012 - The study visit leader and eight teachers from the linked schools visited Eskilstuna to attend a Comenius Preparatory Visit. Programme of visits has gone on for the last five years from the Comenius Multi-lateral Programme.

2012 - Visit by staff and students from Eskilstuna to Birmingham.

2011 - Visit by senior managers to Eskilstuna.

2010 - Visit by staff and students from Eskilstuna to Birmingham.

October 2009 - Saw a reciprocal visit by seven of the participating Swedish schools (twenty-one teachers and twelve students) to Birmingham (18 October 2009 to 22 October 2009).

March 2009 - Nine senior managers involved in curriculum-based projects visited Eskilstuna. The visit ended with signings of Memorandums of Understanding. On-going links and collaborative work have continued with this group to date.

December 2008 - The study visit leader and three teachers from the linked schools visited Eskilstuna to attend a Comenius Preparatory Visit.

September 2008 - The Chief Education Officer from Eskilstuna and the International Coordinator visited Birmingham to view schools and to plan for further cooperation.

June 2008 - Two teachers from the Nature School of Eskilstuna visited Birmingham to view the environmental support centres and schools.

March 2008 - The study visit coordinator visited Eskilstuna to:

  • Visit the schools involved in the Autumn 2007 visit to the UK.
  • Identify a further five Swedish partner schools, to match the five additional schools visited by the Swedish teachers, during their Autumn 2007 visit.
  • Develop plans for this study visit (March 2009).
  • Meet senior officers from Eskilstuna Local Authority to discuss expanding links.

2007 - This was followed by a reciprocal visit by five of the participating Swedish schools in Autumn 2007. This party was made up of eighteen teachers and four pupils.

October 2006 - The first link established by BCPP schools with Swedish schools, took the form of a Teachers International Professional Development visit by five UK schools to Eskilstuna.