Now March is here and the deadline for submitting our Erasmus Strategic Partnership project proposal is drawing closer.
We remain convinced that our collaboration will be of great benefit to partner schools in sharing teaching strategies across European education systems that support students from a migrant background to settle and thrive in our schools, while also finding ways to promote tolerance, respect and understanding in our host communities.
The decision has been made to extend the project over two years to allow more time for our shared learning and experience to become embedded in everyday school practice and to work together on a resource as a project legacy, supporting teachers facing similar challenges in the future.
Putting a realistic and manageable structure in place to deliver the project well and make it sustainable beyond the life of potential funding takes a lot of thought. It's time for a fresh look at the timeline and joint activities over a two year time frame. Projects always develop a life of their own but having a clear plan in mind before hand is essential to keep on track.
Focusing on the Global Teacher Award to build staff skills remains a key aspect of year 1 and we are considering encouraging participating schools to create a portfolio to gain Global School Award accreditation in Year 2. Currently only available to UK schools, this award looks at embedding global learning across the school and is a natural follow on from Global Teacher Award.
Perhaps our schools can be the first schools in Europe to gain this recognition? It definitely looks a great option to explore.
I also have interest from an outstanding UK school in becoming a partner, which is really exciting. Finding time to meet up and discuss is proving tricky but let's hope we succeed before time runs out!
Feedback and comments from our partner schools is vital, so that all our voices are heard on the application form. Do feel free to add a comment, using the link at the top of this post.