When immersion programmes are organised and schools partnered with, there is a great opportunity for teachers from the two schools to collaborate at the host school in the UK.

Throughout the two-week immersion, there may be visits and meetings with teachers from overseas that will accompany the groups. In these meetings educators can share best practice, and perhaps engage in training on EAL (English as an Additional Language). Through this, educators can continue to forge links between the schools, perhaps discussing curriculum, policy, and pedagogy moving forward.

Within the classroom, UK schools may use the two-week immersion programme to delve deeper into the curriculum in some subject areas. Examples of collaborative projects undertaken by UK and international students in the past during immersion programmes are as follows:

• Students can present on a pre-agreed pertinent topic of global debate within an English, Citizenship or RE class, where different international perspectives can enable horizons to be broadened and new ideas to take shape.
• Joint exhibitions of student art work reflecting international culture.
• Lesson exchange – where language lessons are taught in the style of the lessons of the visiting school, or a visiting teacher takes a lesson in their style for the UK class.
• Language lessons that involve interviewing and conversing with the visiting international students to enable maximum conversation and interaction in the language.
• Sports lessons and tournaments/competitions that provide a great opportunity for students of different nationalities to work together to achieve a common goal.

Schools may choose to also have their students participate in extra-curricular classes across the two weeks that can be put on by visiting international teachers, that may highlight a particular area of culture from the visiting school. Examples of these classes could be: Mandarin Language, Calligraphy, and Tai Chi classes (specialties of our partner schools in China). Training in how to run these classes could be provided by the visiting teachers to the school.