SCHOOLS from Knutsford and the surrounding area welcomed a team of teachers from the Njoro region in Kenya.

The visit formed part of the long-term alliance between Egerton Primary School in Knutsford and Egerton Primary School in Kenya, which were founded by Lord Egerton of Tatton Park and his family.

In recent years the partnership has expanded to include six Cheshire schools; Gawsworth Primary, Little Leigh Primary, Wincham Primary, Weaverham Forest Primary, Egerton Primary and Knutsford Academy, together with six schools in Njoro.

This has seen teachers from the Cheshire schools visit Kenya in February and the Kenyan teachers visited the Cheshire schools.

A key aim is for the teachers to lead collaborative work, focusing on sustainable development goals of quality education and gender equality.

This cluster of schools are committed to embedding a strong approach to global learning throughout their curriculum.

This supports pupils to understand the big issues which shape our world and equip them with the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to make a positive contribution.

Alison Hooper, headteacher of Egerton Primary School said: “This approach to learning is essential in providing our pupils with an accurate world view as well as the skills to critically think and understand the pressing issues that affect our world on a local, national and global level.”

One of the visiting teachers, Nickson Momanyi, from Kilimo High School, Kenya said: “This has been an invaluable visit to meet so many people and students, learning different approaches and methods for teaching which we can take back to Kenya.

“We are also very envious of the small class sizes in England, with us having to often take classes with over 50 pupils.”

The visit also attracted the attention of the British Council, which praised the collaborative working and filmed the teachers working with students.