Education: School prize: Buchholz integrated comprehensive school awarded

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School prize: Buchholz integrated comprehensive school awarded

The Integrated Comprehensive School (IGS) Buchholz in der Nordheide has received an award from the Robert Bosch Foundation. “The relationship between teachers and students is special with us,” said Benjamin Jürgens, head of secondary school. Two teachers usually accompany the students from grades 5 to 10. From the 5th grade onwards, everyone has their own laptop. Children who want to temporarily withdraw from class are taught in small groups.

The Integrated Comprehensive School (IGS) Buchholz in der Nordheide has received an award from the Robert Bosch Foundation. “The relationship between teachers and students is special with us,” said Benjamin Jürgens, head of secondary school. Two teachers usually accompany the students from grades 5 to 10. From the 5th grade onwards, everyone has their own laptop. Children who want to temporarily withdraw from class are taught in small groups.

“You deserve thanks and recognition for this commitment. You enable young people to exercise their right to participate at an early stage and thus accompany them on their way to becoming constructively critical adults,” said Minister of Education Grant Hendrik Tonne (SPD). The jury of the German School Award praised the teaching design, which attracted attention with its high professional standards and individualization in everyday teaching. In this way, the students have many opportunities to have a say in the planning of the lesson.

Three other schools can also look forward to prize money of EUR 30,000 each: the Havelmüller elementary school in Berlin, the Placida-Viel vocational college in Menden in North Rhine-Westphalia and the German European School in Singapore. The German School Prize, endowed with 100,000 euros, goes to Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. The jury awarded it to the Regional Vocational Training Center Müritz in Waren, as the Robert Bosch Foundation announced on Wednesday. Among other things, the justification praises the fact that the state vocational school with around 1,400 students has integrated practical work to a “considerable extent” into the lessons.

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The German School Prize has been awarded by the Robert Bosch Foundation and the Heidehof Foundation since 2006 for particularly good school quality. A jury of education experts and school practitioners compares six areas in the applicant schools: performance, dealing with diversity, teaching quality, responsibility, school climate, school life and extracurricular partners, and school as a learning institution. These characteristics are now generally recognized as indicators of good school quality.

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