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Learning With Europe: Northfield Manor European School Improvement
Start date: 01 Jul 2016, End date: 30 Jun 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Northfield Manor converted to academy status on August 1st 2015 as part of a the Victoria Academies Trust.Northfield Manor is a unique academy in the nature of its physical setting and diversity of the pupils and area it serves. The academy is situated on the Bournville Village Trust and is surrounded by relatively affluent housing. Our children are drawn from housing that ranges from large detached owner occupied units to council flats located in tower blocks and newly built houses.As an educational establishment we are looking to continually improve provision for all our children by providing a broad and balanced curriculum. We have identified that to further improve provision for our children we need to learn about and adapt different approaches to education. Liaising with colleagues from across Europe can only benefit this process. training, learning and sharing within a European setting will provide a new dimension to our experience that will impact on our curriculum, staff and pupils.Therefore, our project objectives are:To raise standards in the core subjects of English. Mathematics, Science and Computing.To broaden our curriculum by learning from and liaising with European partners.To further enhance our Outdoor Curriculum for the benefit of an increasingly wide range of children.To act as a catalyst for European educational co-operation within the Victoria Academies Trust.To provide high quality professional development for a range of our staff.These objectives are closely linked with Northfield Manor's development plans and ensures that we are making a real contribution to the future of the Victoria Academies Trust.We strongly believe that Erasmus+ offer us the structure to access a range of educational experiences within Europe that meet the needs of our children and give us ideas to extend and broaden the curriculum for children within and beyond our establishment.We have chosen specific programs from from LEAP that not only enhance our provision, but also meet the development needs of the staff involved. The structured courses will be delivered in Finland, Spain, Italy and Belgium and will be attended by 6 staff who have been selected following discussions with SLT and staff taking into account a number of factors such as their role in leading teams and leading changes in school, their motivation to attend, their experience and ability to share and implement new strategies and methods as a results of taking part ion those chosen courses abroad. They range from leaders to teaching and non teaching staff who will be able to ensure that these European experiences have the highest possible impact in our school and beyond. The project will produce many outcomes and in particular:* enhanced ability to implement strategies for teaching and learning that will raise standards in the core subjects of English. Mathematics, Science and Computing.* a broader curriculum following learning from and liaising with European partners.* enhanced Outdoor Curriculum for the benefit of an increasingly wide range of children.* developed role to act as a catalyst for European educational co-operation within the Victoria Academies Trust.* enhanced teaching and learning and ability to implement new and more creative methods* raised cultural understanding and developed ability to work within a European context* raised ability to share good practice* ability to work collaboratively and share good practiceWe foresee an enormous change in our provision based on the raised confidence in our staff in developing a curriculum built to expand the aspirations of the children who are students at Northfield Manor Primary Academy and the educational communities we are part of.The European dimension will enable us to communicate with and learn from a diverse range of institutions and individuals.We will continue and expand links after the project to ensure the course will have impact on teaching and learning for many years to come.Specifically we would hope that the impact will be on the whole school ( staff and pupils ) and through out shared plan with schools within the trust we are part of. The achievement of this we will initially impact on the staff (50) and children (410) within our school. The long term benefit will address the development of around 250 staff and over 2000 children within our school network.
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