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L'Europe, réunion des compétences au service de la mobilité des apprenants ultra-marins
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Our school has regularly been involved in LEONARDO and COMENIUS projects and thus we have been able to develop some expertise in the field of European mobility. Within the last four years, 25 staff members (among whom our Deputy Head and our fund manager) and 59 pupils belonging to every professional section have taken part in mobility projects involving three different host counties: Great-Britain, Spain and Sweden. The aim of our project is to make our school, Isnelle Amelin, become an International Vocational School by 2017. By then, our training offer should be supplemented by the opening of post- A -level sections (BTS : French equivalent of British HND) in order to supply our students with a European Vocational Curriculum. With a view to do so, we are putting forward a project which appears perfectly balanced and which entirely answers our requirements: The aim of our Erasmus+ project is to train our staff on a large scale (15% of them). Thus, we shall offer 16 staff members the possibility to improve their linguistic and pedagogic skills, as well as to open themselves to a European professional environment. The staff members concerned will be the following ones : 1 member of the direction team, 1 member of the school administration office and 14 teachers (among whom 8 teaching professional subjects, 3 colleagues of general education subjects and 3 language teachers). All this with a view to: - improve linguistic skills -and for our human resources to acquire more expertise in managing projects leading to virtual or real mobility schemes. At the same time, we shall implement around 90 mobility schemes for pupils (that is an 90% increase compared to our current Leonardo project). These mobility schemes will revolve around three main lines : - The professionnal line (involving 4 weeks of work placement in a host company leading to a qualification) which will be recognised with the Europass diploma. - The cultural line (which will be taken care of through a complete immersion for the students within host families, a programme of organised tours of the Capital City of the host country and of the host area as well as a programme of cultural exchanges with young Europeans through sports and recreational activities). - The linguistic aspect (accommodation in host families which will give the opportunity of sharing daily activities with them, a specific linguistic training aiming at mobility will be implemented, this training will hinge upon DNL courses (Non linguistic courses, that is various subjects taught in a foreign language). There will also be a diploma given when a mobility project is achieved and a training provided to prepare the European certificate for the A-level). The pupils which will take part in this programme will be volunteers coming from every section of our education offer. The programme will be a long-term programme spreading over two school years. Most of the pupils involved will be the ones benefiting from state grants and who, before this project will be likely to have had hardly any opportunity to face any other environment than that of their ultra-peripheral region of Reunion Island. Through these mobility schemes at the European level, we shall endeavour to develop and improve our pedagogic habits. These improvements will then undoubtedly benefit the entire teaching community and will bring about a positive impact on our daily pedagogic performances. They will also enhance our capacity of managing projects. The change is also bound to be brought about by the pupils taking part in the programmes since they will stand as examples able to favour a new positive dynamic among the entire pupil community of the school. We expect that the international experience gained through these programmes will entail new relationships between pupils, teachers and members of the school direction. This experience will also be used as a tool to make pupils more aware of their responsibilities and improve their autonomy ; assessment tools will have to be redesigned as well, whilst the pupils' training will have to focus on a more satisfying insertion into the workplace. The staff members and pupils who will have been attending these trainings will undoubtedly be opened to new habits able to advance the following points : - increasing the number of pupils passing their vocational diplomas, - bettering the integration of our graduates within their workplaces, - enlarging the possibilities for our future students to move after passing their A-levels. - giving more meaning to the training followed by our pupils, - producing among all the pupils a healthy competition revolving around european projects including real or virtual mobility schemes (such as eTwinning for instance) - involving our school into future European projects by signing matching contracts with the schools hosting our mobility schemes, - enhancing both the motivation and skills of our teams, - contributing to the attractiveness

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