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La Réunion des ambitions professionnelles grâce au levier des mobilités européennes
Start date: Sep 1, 2016, End date: Aug 31, 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Very recently, we have successfully applied for our ERASMUS+ project 2015. This has strengthened our motivation to apply this year for an ambitious project which will benefit our pupils.We do also participate in the Reunion Island project through the regional education office's consortium.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 (including our Deputy Head and our fund manager) and 59 pupils from different vocational paths have taken part in mobility projects involving three different host countries: England, Spain and Sweden.The aim of our project is to make our school, Isnelle Amelin, an International Vocational School by 2017.To meet this goal, our training offer will be completed by 2017 with the opening of post-A Level diplomas; we will first launch a Higher National Diploma in Esthetics, Cosmetics and Fragrances - with a Management option.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.To achieve this goal, we are proposing a project which is well-rounded and which entirely meets our requirements:The aim of our Erasmus+ project is to train our staff on a large scale (15% of them).Thus, we shall offer 12 staff members the possibility to improve their linguistic and teaching skills, as well as to become part of a European professional environment.The staff members concerned will be the following: 1 member of the administrative team, 2 of the school office and 9 teachers (among whom 5 vocational teachers, 2 colleagues teaching general education subjects and 2 language teachers).The goal of this project being: -to improve linguistic skills -for our human resources, to gain more experience in managing projects leading to virtual or real mobility schemes. At the same time, we shall implement around 70 mobility schemes for pupils (that is a 50% increase compared to the Leonardo project 2013-2015). These mobility schemes will revolve around three main points: - The vocational dimension (involving 4 weeks of work placement) which will be recognized with the Europass diploma.- The cultural dimension (which will consist of a complete immersion of the students within host families, a programme of organised tours around the Capital City and around the host area). The pupils taking part will be volunteers coming from every pathway that our establishment offers. This project will be a long-term (spanning 2 school years). Most of the pupils involved will be the ones benefiting from state grants and who, before this project , would have had no opportunity to face any other environment than the one in which they evolve, Reunion Island.- The linguistic aspect : a subject-specific language training which will hinge upon CLIL courses A diploma will also be awarded at the completion of the mobility project.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 teaching performances. They will also enhance our ability to manage projects.The change will also be brought about by the pupils taking part in the programmes since they will stand as examples of a new positive dynamic for their fellow students in the school.We expect that the international experience gained through these programmes will entail new relationships between pupils, teachers and the school administration. This experience will also be used as a tool to make pupils more aware of their responsibilities and improve their autonomy ; it will help to the redesign of assessment tools as well, and will better prepare our students for the working world.The staff members and pupils who will have been attending these trainings will undoubtedly be opened to new habits, and will contribute to improving the following areas:- 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 work abroad after passing their A-levels.- giving the students real world context for their training- 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 partnership contracts with the schools hosting our mobility schemes,- enhancing both the motivation and skills of our teams,- contributing to the attractiveness of our pathways- boosting the popularity of our school on the academic level- improving the image of Reunion Island througout Europe

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