Bedlington Academy is proud to take part in Erasmus, a British Council initiative that gives students the opportunity to take part in international exchanges and study experiences. The programme gives students the opportunity to visit European countries studying abroad, learning about different cultures and most importantly making new friends!

Erasmus aims to:

  • Give young people a glimpse of life in other countries from a perspective beyond that of a tourist. 

  • Raise students’ horizons and thereby empower them to have the confidence to travel throughout Europe for higher education and/or employment. 

  • Supplement the curriculum by participating in academic fieldwork in other countries. 

  • Encourage active citizenship through developing an understanding of democratic processes and an awareness of other cultures. 

Our international work is led by NELT’s British council ambassador, seasoned globetrotter, and self-styled international relations ambassador, maths teacher, Ian Kell. 

As well as racking up lots of air miles, Mr Kell has presented training to teachers from four areas in Athens and 29 areas in Warsaw. He has also led training sessions on internationalism at British Council conferences and through The Academy at Shotton Hall, he has supported international project start ups in County Durham, Tyne and Wear and Northumberland.  

About Erasmus 

Erasmus helps students develop new skills, raise their aspirations and gain vital international experience. 

In addition to this, staff can teach, train or job shadow abroad, develop their professional practice, and build relationships with international peers gaining fresh ideas. Staff working in Shotton Hall SCITT experienced a work shadowing experience in Finland. 

This year our students are visiting Croatia to study a project focusing on migration. Other planned collaborations include food in Spain and Virtual Reality in Slovenia.