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"Learning without Limits" (exploring the potential for learning for all when no limits exist in terms of disadvantage or geography)
Start date: 01 Sep 2014, End date: 31 Aug 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

This project –"Learning without Limits" (exploring the potential for learning for all when no limits exist in terms of disadvantage or geography)– will see seven partner organisations working together to share expertise and offer collaborative reflection on three key issues which affect many schools throughout the EU. Together with our pupils we will consider three themes: 1- The impact of play on learning and how schools can best incorporate play so that all children, whatever their starting point, can use play to learn to their potential. We will share ideas on the ways to reach the most reluctant families and will together consider reasons why some of our children feel less engaged than others with the school system. 2- The place of ICT in school and indeed in life-long learning. We will look at the ways which business makes use of technology and see how this is used at all stages of production. Our children will compare the ideal with the realistic and will consider how to make an action plan to move their school gradually towards the next stage technologically. 3- Aspiration and job prospects in a European Union context. Our children will look at their employment prospects and wil consider this internationally. After talking to employers and employees who have migrated from one country to another, our children wil take time to reflect on the skills they would need to move across international boundaries to further their job prospects. We will target children from more disadvantaged backgrounds and will introduce then to young adults who can inspire them and raise their aspirations. The 7 countries involved have previous experience of working with at least one other country previously and we are therefore confident that we can therefore use our established international skills to begin our project promptly and can deal with the content and themes of our project successfully. Our children will compare the themes in an international forum, and will achieve a balance between researching what happens in their own country, before then visiting another to look how systems are different. All our schools are concerned about the progress and aspiration of all children and we would all like to raise the attainment of our most disadvantaged children. However, we are all aware that the expertise and skill to narrow the attainment gap is not limited by country borders. Our education systems work independently of one another and we would make every effort to share skills from every country. We intend that our children will develop a mindset which allows them to aim high and aim wide. We would like them to see their future within Europe as a whole, rather than being limited to the country where they were born or where they currently live. Activities include: - professional evaluation of play in a range of settings and how play differs from one age group to another. Discussions around ways in which formal settings make reference to home 'play' situations and how these can affect disadvantaged children -children's studies and reflections of cultural variation in play and how this varies over time and generations. Consideration of the concept of 'culture' and how this changed through migration. - professionals meeting and collating a paper with collected policies and research from across 7 countries on play and learning - children attend conference on technology and see technology in business settings - children see technologically advanced schools and consider realistic and aspirational approaches. They consider action planning and democratic processes - children present to own countries action plans around becoming more technologically advanced - disadvantaged pupils visit workplaces and universities to talk to employees students and employers to raise aspirations - children attend conference on inclusion, considering what 'inclusion' and exclusion mean and how schools can reflect or influence their community -children use webinars to share findings on situation regarding employment of workers from other countries - Professionals from all schools will formally evaluate the project and will also talk at a conference of UK schools to share pedagogies Across 7 schools we hope to involve all our staff, either directly (through research. visits, presentations) or indirectly through the wider rippling effects which we know are experienced. This means that in excess of 300 professionals will be involved. In the same way we anticipate involvement from hundreds of children first hand and thousands in a knock on effect. We are more than confident that through our project, thousands of children, adults, families and stakeholders have broadened horizons and a wider view of their place within the European Union.
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