Prize winners at the UK National eTwinning Conference 2019
Prize winners at the UK National eTwinning Conference 2019 ©

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2019 National Awards and National Conference

Teachers from across all four regions of the UK came together from Friday 27 September until Sunday 29 September 2019 to celebrate the 14th annual British Council eTwinning National Conference, which was held for the first time at The Crowne Plaza in Nottingham.

The theme of the conference was aligned with the European Year of Democratic Participation and British Council’s Owain Wright opened proceedings on Friday evening to over 100 educators from the UK and wider Europe, who are using the online platform and community for schools in Europe,, to support teaching and learning.

2019 BETT award winners, Christian Turton and Peter Lillington from London Connected Learning Centre delivered an engaging keynote on Saturday morning by demonstrating to teachers from across all sectors how children and young people can make sense of the digital portion of their real life, inside and outside of school. The session introduced delegates to some practical ways to engage children and young people in critical evaluation in a range of contexts which support their learning and development as consumers, participants and authors of digital content. Delegates were tasked with navigating their our own pathway through the forest of fake, fanaticism, fantasy and fact as a means to guiding pupils through fun rather than fear. Recent DfE Online Safety guidance encourages schools to adopt a balanced view of benefits and harms when it comes to the online world. This session was geared towards engaging learners confidently to participate fully as online global citizens - now and in the future.

Delegates attended a series of democratic, global and digitally themed professional development workshops, supported by a variety of experts, resources and technology, including Peter Worley from the Philosophy Foundation on how to cultivate a ‘questioning classroom’, such as how to embrace aporia, an ancient Greek term that captures experiences and encounters that include confusion, perplexity, frustration, boredom, ambiguity, inconclusively and uncertainty.

The eTwinning National Awards took place at a Gala dinner on Saturday, recognising outstanding international projects led by UK schools. There were 12 awards presented across various categories and one award for the overall winning project.



Teacher: Ian Kell
School: The Academy at Shotton Hall, North East England
eTwinning Project: Sparks

Judges' comments: This excellent eTwinning project encompassed student directed, independent learning as a central skill and strategy for the development of the ambitious outcomes achieved. Trust in the student participants, excellent organisation and project execution are hallmarks of the quality, creativity and motivation displayed in the concise TwinSpace. Motivational and engaging activities with a 'can do' approach throughout enhance the impact of this project. Collaboration, community involvement and creative engagement of international teams contribute to the array of learning opportunities. There is a great use of many technologies and the legacy website adds to the impact of this project.

Read the 2019 eTwinning book, featuring the award winning eTwinning - Erasmus+ project 'SPARKS' (page 20).



Teacher: Hannah Boydon
School: Mayflower Primary School, East Midlands, England
eTwinning project: Pass the Picture

Teacher: Alicia Diez
School: Northampton High School, East of England
eTwinning Project: Don't judge a person by a face #eTwinclusion!

Teacher: Ruth Sanders
School: Ysgol Hendrefelin, Wales
eTwinning Project: Our digital classroom

Teachers: Sharon Tonner-Saunders - University of Dundee, Scotland
Hannah Boydon - Mayflower Primary School, East Midlands, England
Ruth Sanders - Ysgol Hendrefelin, Wales
Ashley Bell - Birkhill Primary School, Scotland
Christelle Bernard - St Paul's High School, Northern Ireland
Elaine Manton - Loreto Grammar School, North West England
Karen Carter - Lockerbie Primary School, Scotland
Lisa Stevens - Whitehouse Common Primary School, West Midlands, England
eTwinning project: Hands of the World

Teacher: Diana Linford
School: Eastburn Junior and Infant School, Yorkshire and the Humber, England
eTwinning project: The Battle of Britain

Teacher: Christelle Bernard
School: St Paul's High School, Northern Ireland
eTwinning project: Me voilà! Et toi...c'est qui?

Teacher: Nazareth Mansillo Moreno
School: Nottingham Girls Academy, East Midlands, England
eTwinning project: Global Smiles (Keep Global Smiling)

Teacher: Lee Matthews
School: Fulston Manor School, South East England
eTwinning project: Bioplastic: The Future Food Packaging?

Teacher: Rachel Sloan
School: St Colman's High & Sixth Form College, Northern Ireland
eTwinning project: The Earth and Natural Features - Learning from Italy and Northern Ireland

Teacher: Markella Afenti-Sassis
School: Little Hadham Primary School, East of England
eTwinning project: The SOS project - Sharing Our Smiles!

Teacher: Esmeralda Salgado
School: King's Ely, East of England
eTwinning project: United in Diversity



Teacher: Amy Warner
School: Furness Academy, North West England
eTwinning project: eDucate - learning by playing

Teacher: Jacqui Crooks
School: Shawlands Academy, Scotland
eTwinning project: European cultures eConnection

Teacher: Lisa Stevens
School: Whitehouse Common Primary School, West Midlands, England
eTwinning project: Green Kids

Teacher: Maria Papazoglou
School: Whitefield Schools and Centre, London, England
eTwinning project: Explore our planet: ‘Weather, time, countries, cultures’ with a music video

Teacher: Maria Preftitsi
School: The Brook Special Primary School, London, England
eTwinning project: Explore our planet: ‘Weather, time, countries, cultures’ with a music video

Teacher: Steven Hales
School: Rudham CofE Primary School, East of England
eTwinning project: Project Writing - UK and Turkey

Teacher: Angela Farrell
School: Barton Hill Academy, South West England
eTwinning project: Proud to be me 2018

Teacher: Rebecca Cherot
School: Chipstead Valley Primary School, London, England
eTwinning project: Mind full or mindfulness?

Teacher: Tracy Carney
School: St Oliver Plunkett Primary School, Northern Ireland
eTwinning project: Becoming An European City-Zen



  • Carr’s Glen Primary School, Northern Ireland
  • Folkestone St Mary’s Church of England Primary Academy, South East England
  • Gloucestershire College, South West England
  • Little Hadham Primary School, East of England
  • St Rose of Lima Primary School, West Midlands, England
  • Tendring Technology College, East of England
  • Queenswood School, East of England
  • Wanborough Primary School, South West England

View live recordings and conversations via the conference twitter hashtag #eTuk19.
View the full conference programme.
Download workshop presentations.



Dates: 27-29 September 2019

Venue: Crowne Plaza Nottingham, Wollaton St, Nottingham NG1 5RH

eTwinning data: eTwinning is a free and secure online network, where teachers from 44 countries can find partners, work on projects and enable pupil collaboration across any subject area. The conference programme provided eTwinning Ambassadors, teachers and other stakeholders with high quality professional development opportunities and networking opportunities which contribute directly to a teachers’ ability to collaborate with peers and schools in different countries. There have been more than 700,000 teacher registrations across Europe on since the programme launched in 2005. The UK has reached approximately 28,700 UK registrations and has seen over 11,550 projects across all school sectors and subject areas.

eTwinning is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union and is managed in the UK by the British Council. The British Council is the UK’s National Agency for Erasmus+, in partnership with Ecorys UK. 

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