Firpark’s in favour with Lithuanians

Firpark headteacher John Marlow shows Lithuanian visitors around the school.
Firpark headteacher John Marlow shows Lithuanian visitors around the school.

The range of facilities at Firpark School in Motherwell have been praised by a visiting group of educationalists from Lithuania.

The party were shown round the school as part of a fact finding mission - and left highly impressed with what they saw.

Firpark headteacher John Marlow played host to the delegation who were visiting Scotland to learn more about vocational training of young people with special educational needs in EU countries.

Edinburgh based Playback ICE helped host the visit of staff from the Klaipeda Vocational Training and Rehabilitation Centre, based in Western Lithuania.

Sigita Agafonova, a teacher at the centre, said: “I think that the school is amazing and very hard working. It does a lot for the students.

“I saw many positives and they are certainly vary far advanced and have more facilities than we have in Lithuania. We were all very impressed indeed.”

Liz Fitzpatrick from Playback ICE said: “The group have been are visiting a number of Scottish schools and establishments and during the visit participants learned about Scotland’s education system, the policy context and transitional processes for people with additional support needs (ASN).

“They looked at how they are involved/included in the education and employment environments and how people are supported to learn and develop, current practice and vocational training programmes available for people with ASN and how are they involved into the training processes.”

“The visits were to a range of educational and vocational training services, included several in North Lanarkshire.

“ The institute is extensively experienced in the field of vocational training, offering qualifications in demand to meet the needs of the labour market, and were very impressed indeed with facilities and developments at Firpark.”