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School education staff mobility

School education staff mobility

School education staff mobility (KA101)

The cluster of the 7 vocational schools of Provence Formation, in line with the European development plan and its internationalization strategy of the Erasmus mobility Charter, has implemented and managed since 2011 professional and training mobility projects in several European countries and specifically, English speaking ones. Since then, more than 400 students and staff members have benefited of KA102 mobilities abroad giving all participants the opportunity to acquire new skills for their job or their future professional life and develop new soft or teaching skills. Furthermore, several Erasmus + partnership projects (Comenius, Erasmus KA 229/KA219) gave the opportunity to work, meet, communicate with many European partners in different schools of the cluster and 2 projects are currently developed

Through all these projects, a variety of linguistic, pedagogical, professional development needs appeared -improve language skills and cultural awareness of teachers of professional and academic subjects in order to increase the involvement in the management of European projects

  • - improve students ‘preparation for mobility -strengthen linguistic and teaching skills of CLIL teachers (Content &Language Integrated Learning), enabling them to adapt their teaching strategies of their subject in a foreign language
  • -work on new and innovative didactic methods to help students participate and memorize
  • -improve communication skills for all stakeholders dealing with partners abroad in all international or European projects

These needs being identified, the main objectives of this KA101 staff training mobility project have been drawn:

  • -give CLIL teachers – and those who wish to become CLIL teachers-the opportunity to improve specific linguistic skills applied to their professional field
  • -acquire and experiment new teaching tools and work on innovative methods for language teaching -boost motivation and “dust “one’s language knowledge, improve oral and interaction skills
  • -Broaden and upgrade the knowledge of other countries educational system and methods in order to lead a greater number of students to succeed in their studies

To achieve these goals, several activities have been organized and implemented, relying on an experienced steering committee composed of the General manager, headteachers, project representative of each school and the Erasmus project manager:
- 26 structured course mobilities of 5 days planned by Tellus Education Group were achieved in 4 different flows

  • • Group 1, November 2017, Portsmouth, UK: 3 English teachers, 5 vocational and academic teachers, 4 CLIL teachers, 1 librarian • Group 2, January 2018, Portsmouth, UK: 4 English teachers, 2 CLIL teachers, 1 vocational teacher
  • • Group 3, November 2018, Portsmouth, UK: 2 English teachers, 3 academic teachers, 1 headteacher
  • • April 2018, Salamanca, Spain: 1 Spanish teacher 
  • • 1 shadowing of 4 days in February 2018, Lappeenranta, Finland: The General Manager of Provence Formation at Sampo Vocational College

On the short run, the following objectives have been met and results obtained: - 4 vocational teachers have applied for a complete CLIL exam preparation in order to teach in new European section - 4 teachers and the headteacher were comforted in their language progress and cultural immersion in order to involve themselves in various European projects or join the current teams acting in the management and implementation of mobility projects within their schools - All English and CLIL teachers have adapted tools, methods, exercises learnt and integrated them in their courses and noted a renewed motivation of their students for the innovative approach given by the teachers

Benefits and added value in the middle term are already visible through the number of staff members (100% of the participants) as well as many new teachers ready to renew the experience which has, for all, boosted their motivation to always improve their professional skills and be an active part of their school’s European development plan. One of the main assets of this project was the diversity of profiles- general, vocational, foreign language teachers, along with management staff members which proves how invested and enthusiastic they are to go forward in the internationalization of their structures.

On the long run, brainstorming , exchange of good practice and experience on the project, use of their new professional or soft skills will have an impact on the capacity of the schools to develop innovation within curricula and adapt the contents. Dissemination of the project has already started between teachers in their schools and through the collaborative platform of Provence Formation; in may 2019, several workshop will be organized in order to produce tools, exercises, booklet to share within the schools and outside