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St. Kevin's 2020
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

In 2012 St. Kevin's applied for a Comenius grant for the first time. In addition to being a successful applicant St. Kevin's also coordinated the project (which included schools from France, Sweden, Finland and Hungary). As result St. Kevin's introduced a truly European dimension to the lives of students, families and staff. Our application for Erasmus + funding to participate in professional development training for staff is a direct consequence of this positive experience. The aims of this project are to improve the competences of staff and to ensure a more cohesive approach to the DEIS planning process in the areas of Attendance, Retention, Educational Progression, Examination Attainment, Literacy & Numeracy and Partnership with Parents & Others. This, it is envisaged, will directly impact on the opportunities for our students in the areas of youth employment and lifelong learning. There will be 10 participants from management, DEIS policy teams, middle management and general teaching staff. 13 mobilities are planned in the following areas: Clear leadership, Strategic management, Monitoring and evaluation, Conflict mediation, Inspiring facilitation, teaching and training and finally, Inclusive teaching and training. Our main methodologies will focus on disseminating information about Erasmus + training to other members of staff. These include CPD days and meetings. Other methodologies will be evaluative and will focus on measuring the impact of the project on the school. Of course, training has not yet been received in monitoring and evaluation but it is envisaged that this course will shape the methodologies we use in this area. Results and impacts envisaged. We hope that this project will have far-reaching and long-term effects. We hope it will have a significant impact on how we plan, coordinate and achieve our DEIS targets. In addition, we hope the planning process becomes more cohesive in all aspects of school life and that a more knowledgeable and skilled staff will be able to more effectively influence the positive outcomes for our students in third level and at work. Finally, we hope that a new culture can emerge in the school , whereby conflict is managed in a more innovative manner and staff share their expertise with each other for the benefit of all.
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