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Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The new implemented year 10 + is meant to provide a link between the year 10 (General Certificate of Secondary Education) and the beginning of the advanced level education (year 11 and 12). This additional year is going to be split into modules to come to an improved individualization of teaching and learning. Many studies, e.g. the new Jako-o-Study 2014, show a distinct dissatisfaction with the G8-system and all the dishonored promises that the political parties imposed on themselves when changing from G9 to G8. None of the involved groups: students, parents, teachers, the educational unions as well as the receiving institutions like universities and academies of applied sciences, are able to recognize the formerly paraphrased outlines of that success model. The consequences of this critically monitored reforming process are an increased number of early school drop outs, diffuse education biographies and an uncertainty felt by nearly everyone involved in the process. The background of that failed educational reform is where our “Option 10+” starts. The aims for the students are amongst others: - reducing the number of school drop outs, - increasing competences on all levels necessary for higher education, - sovereignty and self confidence for their personal plans for the future, - preparation for a successful life after leaving the school with the Abitur. For the teachers the main aims will be: - improving the methods being used in classrooms, - modifying the traditional role of teaching, - benchmarking. The aims for the organization/school are amongst others: - responsible handling of the educational biography of the students - enhancing the school's performance by reinvigorating good methods and by new implementation of constructive elements, - pedagogical diversity and potentials of education, - schools as a room of new learning experiences including non formal education such as special projects, - evaluation of educational biographies (G8 in the classical way versus G8 with the inclusion of the year 10+ as a modified way of learning). There will be ten colleagues taking part in the training activities. Concerning the organization of teaching in modules we will send two colleagues to Iceland and Estonia for learning and training how to implement and modify the systems for the needs of our school (especially year 10+). Two colleagues from the school’s management team will work together with members of the school management teams of the Belgian, Scottish and Estonian school for evaluating and guiding the process. Six teachers from the departments of social sciences, natural sciences and the artistic department will go to the partner schools in Scotland, England, Hungary and Belgium for team teaching experiences and to improve their linguistic skills in the subject they will be teaching bilingually at our school. They will work on joint projects with their respective partners. Together with our partners we will develop a program sequence which will be constantly evaluated. By using the GAP analysis readjustments will be made if necessary. It is of great importance for us that our partner schools will also benefit from the joint activities and that we as a group of European schools work towards the same standards. After the realization of the project we expect for the participants an improvement of their linguistic, organizational, methodical and digital competences. A further enhancement of the competences of teachers and students will be achieved by working with cross curricular and bilingual approaches in the modules. The participating teachers will be the multipliers for new methods and teaching approaches and thus all teachers will benefit from the implementation of a new role model for teaching. The results achieved for year 10+ will improve teaching at all ages in our school. Working together with partner schools from all over Europe will not only allow a view beyond one’s own nose but it will also bring Europe and European cooperation as a real and joint experience to everyone involved in the project. The results of the project will become part of the school’s curriculum and thus be available in the future for all colleagues. We’ll attach special importance to a sustainable development beyond the completion of the project for collaborating with our partner schools. The focus is on a creative interpretation of educational barriers also defined as curricular guidelines; we are discussing open and self defined arrangements for times and locations of education. The schools will be moving towards opening themselves in the direction of think tanks for innovative ideas and learning and we are discussing the core of education, the development of the system immanent power of self education of our students beyond the existing educational structures. Thus we will release the creativity and the innovational potential within a successful and future orientated European Union.

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