Writing a European Development Plan

You must answer a few questions within your Erasmus+ application form (section D) concerning your school’s European development plan.

Your European development plan (which needn’t be a big document) should set the scene for your application – it should explain why you are applying for funding for your chosen LTTC course, and where it sits within your larger CPD plans.

If your school doesn’t have a European Development Plan, don’t worry – it isn’t a complicated document to put together, but it will take some planning and reflection. Below we guide you on how to write your own plan.

A European development plan should include:

An outline of your school’s current status
What European activities have you completed? What CPD do you do/ have you done?

A vision for the future
Where do you want to be in 1, 2, 5 or even 10 years’ time?

Identified needs
How will you get from where you are now to where you want to be?

Planned activities versus needs
How will your planned activities meet these identified needs?

Quick Tips

• Make sure your plan focuses on internationalisation and modernisation
• Try and whittle it down to 3 or 4 key objectives (not 99!)
• Aims must be strategic, measurable, realistic, and therefore achievable
• The plan must identify staff development needs
• The plan must explain how new knowledge will be cascaded to other staff members

IMPORTANT – Ultimately, the course(s) must benefit your entire team, not only those who attended. Therefore, what process will you create and implement that will make sure this is done eg INSET, workshops and mentor support. Go into some detail within your plan regarding this matter.

The Questions and Our Advice

In section D of your Erasmus+ application form there are 4 questions to answer:

1) What are the organisation’s needs in terms of quality development and internationalisation? Please identify the main areas for improvement (for example management competences, staff competences, new teaching methods or tools, European dimension, language competences, curriculum, the organisation of teaching and learning).

Be specific and pay particular attention to internationalisation and the European aspect.

The following structure will offer your direction while answering:

‘Our school has very limited/no experience in … ‘
‘Our students’ learning needs are…’
‘Therefore, our teachers need to be able to…’
‘To do this, we need to…’
‘One important step in realising our objectives is to work with the LTTC as they will…’

NB. Review our course overviews, aims, and timetables. Highlight the most vital elements and use our content as you wish if it helps exemplify how this course achieves your training and development needs.

2) Please outline the organisation’s plans for European mobility and cooperation activities, and explain how these activities will contribute to meeting the identified needs.

In other words, how do your European mobility plans fit into your main plan? How will the training at the LTTC specifically contribute to your development plan (i.e. link short- to long-term)? How many people will be affected by the training? (Remember: the more the better!)

The following structure will offer your direction while answering:

‘Our school wants to achieve three key objectives… ‘
‘This will align to our vision because we believe…’
‘This training will assist our objectives by…’
‘We will evaluate the results of the training by…’
‘Therefore training of staff is needed to acquire the following competences…’

3) Please explain how your organisation will integrate the competences and experiences acquired by staff participating in the project, into its strategic development in the future.

This question is very important because it links the LTTC course with the bigger picture i.e. your overall vision and key objectives. Will teachers who take part in the course then give training sessions to their colleagues (i.e. INSET)? How many people will be affected by the outcomes of the course and how will you achieve this number? How long are you planning on it taking to cascade these skills among those quantified staff members? Remember: focus on ‘internationalisation’ and ‘modernisation’.

The following structure will offer your direction while answering:

‘Post-course, our school will carry out [insert number] activities. They are [list of activities]…’
‘Each stage will lead to…’
‘Pupils will benefit by…’
‘This aligns with our long-term objectives to…’

4) Will your organisation use eTwinning in connection with your mobility project? If so, please describe how.

eTwinning is not an ‘essential’.

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