Kurdistan teachers visit school

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TEACHERS from Iraq have visited Bury St Edmunds to see how British schools operate.

King Edward VI was one of only five schools chosen for the project that saw eight teachers from Kurdistan, northern Iraq, visit the school on a week long trip.

Of the visiting teachers, two are headteachers, one is with the local education authority and five specialise in teaching maths, science and PE.

King Edward VI headteacher Geoff Barton said: “We are using the experience as a chance for us to find out more about their country and their religion.

“It is good for students to see the customs and ways of people who live so far away.

“The idea is that members of staff at King Edwards will go to a school in their country to learn from and experience their culture. They seem to have absolutely loved the trip over here although it’s very different from the way they work in Iraq.

“They were amazed at the size of the school and with the facilities we provide.

“They have also been impressed by the level of responsibility we give to our students.”