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Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

This ERASMUS+ project will involve the participation of teachers from three distinct areas: professional trades, technology and languages, and is closely tied to the school’s development plan objectives, which relate to the need for a greater progression in language, a greater understanding of other cultures, especially in Europe, and a greater sense of European identity and citizenship. The project will also act as a driving force for cross-curricular teaching teams, encouraging sharing and support on both a professional and personal level. Indeed, teachers will have the chance to forge partnerships with similar establishments across the EU and gain an awareness of the world of work in a variety of member countries. Finally, and most importantly, the key beneficiaries in terms of language/technological/professional skills, cross border mobility and the construction of a European identity, will be the pupils at our school. When it comes to a greater understanding of other cultures, the ERASMUS+ project will enable the school to emerge as a centre of excellence for all things European in our region i.e. the Pays de la Loire region in the west of France. The impending retirement of staff currently teaching in the school’s ‘sections européennes’ (classes with subjects taught in a foreign language) at the ‘lycée général et technologique’ (upper secondary school – general syllabus and technology syllabus) site will lead to a need for other staff to continue the existing lessons and improve their effectiveness. At the moment, the school does not provide a ‘section européenne’ for pupils at its further education site and this is despite the heavy demand for professional workers who can speak an extra language. The ERASMUS+ project will help teaching staff consolidate and increase their language skills via the training on offer. It will also raise their awareness of education, business and the arts within the EU. When staff have fully embraced the European dimension to their work, they will be keen to put forward ideas for setting up and running ‘sections européennes’, they will be keen to encourage pupils to be more mobile and they will be keen to adopt specific roles with regard to the school’s development plan. Once again the school will be ready to throw open its doors to the wider European community. The project will include 8 teachers and 2 workshop managers – the working group. It will operate for 2 years: the main focus of the first year will be on acquiring language skills (2 week SILC course in Oxford), and the main focus of the second year will be on organising trips to 4 EU countries (the UK, Germany, Spain and Poland). Participants will be attached to a particular establishment and immersed in the life of that establishment during their stay. They will therefore have an ideal opportunity to make contact with specialist companies prepared to take pupils from the school on work experience placements. The success of our project will depend on the number and reputation of the ‘sections européennes’ created, and on the number of staff involved. It should be a simple matter to assess the effectiveness of the project by keeping a check on the rising number of pupils enrolled for ‘sections européennes’ at the school.
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