The Academy at Shotton Hall sparks a win at the eTwinning National Awards

The Academy at Shotton Hall has won the eTwinning National Award.

The eTwinning National Awards recognise outstanding international projects led by UK schools. Twelve awards were presented across various categories with the overall winner going to The Academy at Shotton Hall for their eTwinning project ‘Sparks’. 

Participating students on the Sparks project worked collaboratively in national and international groups with their partner schools from 16 different countries, focusing on the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Together they tackled the challenges of implementing the goals and discussed the action they could take in their local communities to be more sustainable. 

The judges commented: "This excellent eTwinning project encompassed student-directed, independent learning as a central skill and strategy for the development of the ambitious outcomes achieved. Collaboration, community involvement and creative engagement of international teams contributed to the array of learning opportunities."

eTwinning enables schools in more than 44 European and neighbouring countries to collaborate online and can often be the first step in a school’s Erasmus+ journey. 

As Sparks was part of a wider Erasmus+ project, communication between schools not only relied on IT tools but also involved face-to-face meetings, online collaboration on scripts that turned into dramatic performances, and prepared presentations that were delivered to live audiences.

Head teacher, Ian Kell, is a passionate ambassador for international experience and has led on many Erasmus+ and eTwinning projects. On the impact of this winning project, Ian said: “We passionately believe that through this project our students have learned to recognise that to change the world we all need to contribute, and individual behaviour has an impact. Our students have grown in confidence and now believe that they can make a difference.

"Students have also come to realise that gender does not dictate career or educational potential and mental or physical disabilities do not have to be a barrier to success. We can make some sparks and they can bring the light!”

Congratulations to The Academy at Shotton Hall and all the other winners from this year’s eTwinning National Awards.