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EU funding for continuing professional development (CPD) is now available under the new Erasmus+ initiative, managed by the European Commission. The funding available can cover all courses fees, travel costs, accommodation and other living costs.

This enables teachers from participating countries to take part in a variety of training courses abroad for their own and their institution’s benefit. Participating countries include not only EU Member States, but also Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, Turkey, Macedonia, and many others. There are specific criteria to follow, which can be found within the Erasmus+ Programme Guide.

Many of our courses in Southampton are eligible for Erasmus+ funding.
Please note: if you are not eligible for Erasmus+ funding, it is still possible to attend these courses.

A Step-by-Step Guide
  1. Identify the person at your institution who is responsible for training and development (eg Head Teacher, Training Co-ordinator or Department Manager) and talk to them about Erasmus+ funding and courses at the Lewis School of English. If your institution is not yet involved with Erasmus+, perhaps you are in a position to approach your employer and become their Erasmus+ representative. Talk to us to find out more about this option.
  2. Read about our various EU-funded courses and decide which one best meets your needs and the needs of your institution.
    Learn more about Erasmus+ by talking to us and reading the Erasmus+ Programme Guide.
  3. Prepare a European Development Plan. Your school may already have one so check first. The plan should outline training objectives within the school. Make sure the plan has a European dimension before using it as part of your Erasmus+ application. Then integrate our course(s) into that plan. We offer help on how to put your plan together.
  4. Register your school with the Education Participant Portal: Individual Registration
    Organisation RegistrationThis process will give you a PIC number, which you will need for your application.
  5. Now start completing the application forms. These are available from your National Agency.  We can help you with this as well.
  6. You must submit your application electronically before 1 February 2018 (11.00 UK Time). This is the application deadline for courses between 1 June and 30 September of the same year, so do plan ahead! To download your official application eForm, click here.For more information, your first point of reference should be your National Agency. They will inform you of the process in your country, which may differ from other countries.

You must answer a few questions within your Erasmus+ application form (section D) concerning your school’s European development plan.
Your European development plan should set the scene for your application: it should explain why you are applying for funding for your chosen Lewis Teacher Training Course 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”.