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Small Heath School & Sixth Form Centre is a Foundation and an Inner-City split co-education 11-18 comprehensive school. It was established in 1983 by the amalgamation as part of the re-organisation of secondary education in Birmingham. The majority of pupils at Small Heath Secondary School are from ethnic minority backgrounds providing the school with multilingual, multicultural classes which can be used as a starting point for learning and generates an awareness of language diversity and an appreciation of differing cultural values.
Small Heath School puts Internationalism at the heart of its curriculum and has a strong commitment to incorporate the international dimension into all aspects of the school life. The school has already achieved the ‘International School Award’ in 2010 and the ‘Reaccreditation for the International School Award’ in 2013. We took part in 2 successful Comenius projects which have had a positive impact on developing the international dimension. Taking part in an Erasmus+ project will further embed internationalism in our curriculum and will be instrumental to build on our previous projects.
Our motivation and aims will be:
• To develop and enrich the learning experiences of our students through using expressive arts, cultural visits and collaborative work with other students in Europe and beyond as an effective learning tool to improve their literacy and language learning skills. This will greatly benefit our SEN students and motivate them.
• To encourage and promote life- long learning skills for the 21st Century employment market: the ability to work in teams, creativity, problem solving challenges, to be able to reflect on their own strengths and weaknesses and to be able to lead and self-manage one another.
• To promote the use of languages: this project structure allows students to engage in learning the basics of the participating schools through fun learning activities i.e. songs, dance, research on literary icons and instruments.
• To promote international and intercultural dialogue by bringing our students together through the use of IT – video conferencing, blogs and forming an Erasmus Creativity Club. Performing a dance and singing in an international setting is a challenge which will improve our students’ confidence and change their perception of the world.
• To continue to engender a positive attitude towards different cultures and lifestyles in Europe. This project will raise the aspirations of students by giving them the opportunity to work with others across the European Community.