SPAIN – CEIP Vil·la Romana
CEIP Vil.la Romana is a public educational institution, depending on the Education Council of the Valencian Government, which teaches Infant and Primary Education since 2008/2009.
It is located in Catarroja, a town of almost 30.000 inhabitants in the South of Valencia. Only 7 kilometres away from the Capital city, the economy of the town is based on the industry, more specifically on the furniture industry. In the last decade, the town has suffered an increase on the population and so new neighbourhoods have risen in the outskirts of the old town. The school was built in one of these zones, where most of the inhabitants are professional workers. Although the town has been traditionally considered to be Valencian speaker, this situation has changed due to the affluence of new inhabitants.
This school has 29 teachers, 80% of which are certified with the B2 Certificate of English, and around 470 students from 10 different nationalities. The school currently consists in 20 units of 25-30 students each, covering education from 3 to 12 years old. It develops 2 main linguistic programs. The first one is an Experimental Multilingual Program, which is defined as a multilingual educational model that enables the simultaneous mastery of Valencian, Spanish and English by the students, with the ultimate aim of improving their communication skills. This program is regulated by the Order of 19th May 2009. As a result, students receive 80% of their training and education in English, 10% in Spanish and 10% in Valencian language.
Apart from it, we also implement a program where students learn all their subjects in Valencian language, with the exception of Music, Art and P.E. that are taught in English and Religion/Alternative Studies and Spanish Literacy that are taught in Spanish language.
Among the priorities of the school, the internationalisation and the European dimension in the students training are highlighted, mainly due to the multilingual experimental programme implemented in the school in which all subjects in Infant and Primary Education are taught in English.
To achieve this aim, the school is currently developing, among others, a multilateral association Comenius project, where students work in cooperation with pupils from other European countries. This new project stands up for the teachers training to achieve innovation in our methodologies and reach the education aims of the European Union. The experience abroad, apart from enriching us when sharing good practices and enabling the improvement of our foreign language level, will serve to improve the quality in education and to create relationships that will let us create job-shadowing and KA2 projects in the future.
In addition, the school has implemented the usage of a European Language Portfolio which aim is to develop the learner’s ability to assess his/her own competence. Otherwise, a project on special support and assistance has started up this academic year. It consists on giving reinforcement to those students who straggle more in their studies, by teaching extra classes and giving them tools to apply when dealing with their academic tasks.