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China inspired by Kent schools

By Liz Nicholls

A group of nursery leaders from China have seen leading forest schools in East Kent as part of an event to promote the Green School Awards.

ADM Computing arranged for 14 nursery leaders from China to visit Kent schools to learn best practice in outdoor learning.
ADM Computing arranged for 14 nursery leaders from China to visit Kent schools to learn best practice in outdoor learning.

The fact-finding education tour was organised by ADM Computing to raise awareness of the Green School Awards and walk to school campaign.

A total of 14 visitors spent four days visiting educational settings in Thanet, Canterbury, and Boughton, where they learned about hands-on learning in a natural environment. Sites visited included award-winning Manor House Forest School Nursery in Margate, along with a training day at the Tiny Tribe Outdoors forest school site in Blean, led by Christchurch early years lecturer Toni Buchan.

Heading up the expedition were Mei Wang and her husband Adrian Bryant as part of UK-China Education (UKCE), a venture owned by ADM Computing and based in Canterbury. Mei said the visit was a great success and the Chinese guests were “very impressed” with the diverse activities offered.

ADM Computing has got behind the Green School Awards – a celebration of the county’s most eco-friendly schools – which is open for nominations until this Sunday, December 10. Organised by the KM Charity Team, the Green School Awards reward and share best practice in the following four categories: green travel to school and road safety; energy conservation; nature conservation; and recycling.

“It is wonderful that schools as far away as China will learn and benefit from the work going on in Kent schools,” said Simon Dolby, chief executive of the KM Charity Team. “And there is still just enough time for teachers, volunteers, and parents to nominate their schools for the Green School Awards and share their incredible achievements throughout the county – and beyond.”

To place a nomination for the Green School Awards, which are run in partnership with Golding Homes, complete the simple online form at www.greenschoolawards.co.uk before the deadline of midnight this Sunday, December 10.

  • Mei Wang is organising another excursion in April and would like to hear from nurseries in the Canterbury district willing to host a day visit where they can continue their investigation into UK outdoor learning experiences. She would also welcome enquiries from educators interested in teaching in China. Contact her at mei@uk-chinaeducation.co.uk

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