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Living and learning together as European citizens.
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Context, Background and Key Objectives: The context and background of our project 'Living and Learning together as European citizens' is that our school has very limited experience in the teaching of modern foreign languages to our children. The teaching of a foreign language is now a statutory requirement in the national curriculum. Our pupils' needs as global citizens involve their acquisition of linguistic skills to prepare them effectively for the future labour market as they will be equipped to make the most of available opportunities across the EU. In order to achieve this our teachers need to develop effective pedagogy and strategies/skills and resources to effectively teach foreign languages. These development needs can start to be achieved by working with Szkola Podstawowa nr 118 who have a proven track record of effectively teaching foreign languages to primary and secondary children. Our teachers will be able to observe and share good practice and resources and acquire skills and tools for learning. Our school is an experienced Eco school in our country but has no experience of Eco and sustainable work, ideas and practices in other countries. In order to develop a national and international sustainable school award our teachers and leaders need to learn about different systems, requirements and policies so that they are able to develop a suitable, relevant and robust award to promote best practice in sustainability in our country and parts of the EU. This will meet the needs of our learners and learners in other schools as global citizens with a responsibility for looking after our planet and its resources. Szkola Podstawowa nr 118 is a highly regarded Eco school in Poland and has won many sustainable school awards including the Green Flag. By sharing best practice, observing policies and meeting key people with responsibility for Eco work we can start to achieve our objective through collaborative ideas and plans for the international dimension of the award. Promoting common moral and democratic values is a key requirement of all schools in England. Five years ago we achieved the UNICEF Rights Respecting School level 1 award. However the pupils currently at the school are different and they have not benefited from key learning to achieve the award. Our pupils need to learn about the key European values of human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality and the respect for human rights and by linking with another school in the EU our pupils can share these values and start to break down barriers between different cultures and countries by focusing on what values we share and have in common. The project will enable the pupils and staff to explore and share these values with people from another country, and then embed them in our planned curriculum as we work towards UNICEF's 'Rights Respecting School' award level 2. Number and Profile of Participants: We have three senior staff who are the participants on this project: Mrs Mary Simmons (paid member of staff) - BEd degree; National Leader of Education (NLE) She led St Francis Xavier as a Head Teacher for 18years to an Ofsted outstanding judgment as well as numerous awards including: Eco School status; Rights Respecting Schools; Teaching School status; ICT Mark. her key skills include leadership, planning professional development for staff and coaching and mentoring. Mr Andrew Dickinson (paid member of staff) - BA (Hons) degree; PGCE; NPQH He is currently the Head Teacher. He was previously the Deputy Head Teacher and part of the co-leadership in achieving the awards listed above. His key skills include teaching and learning and curriculum development (including leading international dimension and development.) Mrs Magda Jones (paid member of staff) - BEd degree; SENCO (special educational needs coordinator). She is an Assistant Head Teacher, early years leader and a teacher for over 30years. She has also worked as an induction tutor for new staff and as a coach and mentor. She is also a leader of modern foreign languages and inclusion and is currently a school governor. Description of Activities and Methodologies: The main activity being undertaken as part of our project is job shadowing. There will be two mobilities - one if the first ear and a follow-up in the second year. Our participants will be learning from key staff at our partner school, sharing best practice and reflecting on their learning. They will then be responsible for disseminating their learning back at St Francis Xavier through the development of action plans. Short description of impact envisaged: The long term impact is that our children will see themselves and understand themselves to be global citizens with an understanding and appreciation of other cultures and countries. It will also have a clear impact on all of our staff through their development and professional development, impacting on provision and future standards.

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