Cooperation between Scottish and French Schools

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Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop today visited a school near Paris to see the benefits of partnership between France and Scotland in Education.

Ms Hyslop visited École Marbeau, le Plessis-Trévise, which is twinned with St Kenneth’s RC Primary School in Lochgelly, Fife, to see first- hand the teaching of language, ICT and Science, Technology and Maths related activity.

She met with pupils from the school and read with them from Asterix Chez les Pictes, in which the French cartoon hero visits Scotland.

In October, the First Minister and His Excellency Bernard Emié, Ambassador of France to the UK signed a Statement of Intent in education. In the statement, the Minsters agree to explore a joint action plan based on cooperation on topics of common interest in the sphere of school education and training.

Ms Hyslop’s visit gave her the opportunity to see how links between Scotland and France are benefiting pupils in practice.

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said:

“Visiting École Marbeau and meeting the students and teachers gave me a chance to see the Statement of Intent being put into practice.

“I was able to see first hand the benefits of the school’s partnership with St Kenneth’s in Lochgelly, and the lessons the children in Fife and Paris have learnt from working with each other.

“The Auld Alliance between Scotland and France is an enduring relationship reflecting a shared history of co-operation and friendship.

“The Statement of Intent is already strengthening these enduring links, by putting in place a plan for our two education systems to share ideas across areas such as the curriculum and education reform, the use of new technology in learning and the teaching of science and mathematics.”