26 Feb 2020
More than 100 school leaders from 15 regions in Italy came together at the British Ambassador’s residence in Rome for our first ever Principals’ Forum.
The event at Villa Woilkonsky included teacher presentations, a panel and discussion from Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) experts Gisella Langé and Letizia Cinganotto.
Among the speakers were Sofia Gallo, former head of Liceo Galvani in Bologna, one of the first state schools in Italy to join Cambridge International, and senior teachers Riccardo Rota (Istituto Superiore Sobrero), Antonio Iaconianni (Liceo Classico Telesio) and Piera Cavataio (Highlands Institute).
And in addition to a warm welcome from British Ambassador Jill Morris, the forum was also attended by Carmela Palumbo, Director General of the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR).
Rome student Federico Girardi, a recent winner of the Top in the World award for Cambridge IGCSE mathematics, was also in attendance to celebrate his success.
During the forum, the school leaders also compared and exchanged best practices for integrating Cambridge International programmes alongside the national curriculum.
Alessandra Varriale, Senior Country Manager, Cambridge International, said: ‘I thank the ambassador for her hospitality and support, and above all I thank the school leaders who attended.
‘Their enthusiasm and desire to innovate and instil added value in Italian schools are the greatest reward for our work.’