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During May, 22 PGCE students from Windesheim, one of the Netherlands’ top universities, visited Pembrokeshire College to see how their own educational system compared to that of one in the UK.

With a particular focus on how the College supports its learners with additional learning needs,   the visitors spent two days shadowing Learning Support Assistants in the College.

With a packed programme of activities, the Dutch students gained a real insight into the Welsh education system with a focus on how our system supports students with additional learning needs.

As part of the visit, the students stayed in Broad Haven Youth Hostel and also had the opportunity to take part in surfing and coasteering.

Sian Thompson, Head of Independent Living Skills at Pembrokeshire College commented: “The PGCE students shadowed our large team of LSA’s and CSW’s observing how we support learners with additional learning needs in different learning environments. They also visited our day nursery and spent time understanding how Bright Start Day Nursery follows the Foundation curriculum for our children.”

The visitors finished their visit by delivering a presentation to the College’s own PGCE learners on the Dutch education system.

Following the success of the visit, Windeshiem College hope that this will develop into an annual visit and are looking to set up a placement exchange of support staff, managers and teachers.