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Over 250 Cambridge teachers and heads of schools made their way to the fourth annual La Rete conference in Italy last month to share best practice and hear the latest developments from Cambridge Assessment International Education and Cambridge English.
In the past year more than 40 new schools have joined La Rete – the Cambridge schools network in Italy. La Rete brings together school leaders and teachers whose aim is to share teaching best-practice, recommend resources, and share access to teacher support material.
The three-day conference, held at Liceo Rummo in Benevento, gave new Cambridge schools the opportunity to meet existing members of the La Rete network and hear how they have transitioned to adopting the Cambridge IGCSE curriculum.
Conference speakers included Alessandra Varriale, Cambridge Manager, Italy, France & Southeastern Europe, who provided an update on the Cambridge Secondary 1 programme; Rhona Armour, Cambridge Recognitions Manager for Europe; David Marsh, a leading expert in Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) and Sarah Ellis, Head of Assessment Services, South Europe at Cambridge English.
They were joined by Gisella Langé from the Italian Ministry of Education and Letizia Cinganotto from INDIRE, an Italian organisation focusing on educational research. Alessandra Varriale said: 'I would like to thank Rosanna Leone, Examinations Officer, and Teresa Marchese, Principal at Liceo Rummo, for organising a wonderful and well-attended conference. The presentations were thought-provoking and addressed the evolving needs of the Italian education system. We are delighted that an increasing number of Italian schools are adopting Cambridge qualifications.'