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Vers le label académique "établisssement européen"
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The Académie de Reims has defined in point 2 of its strategic plan for teaching, an ambitious programme which is to enable all pupils to communicate in English, particularly in oral English. In order to succeed, an experimental project has been set up and aims to award schools an academic label called “European School”. The schools involved in this project must develop activities which open the pupils european outlook; encourage them to take part in trips and study programs of all types but also allow each pupil to attend non-linguistic lessons taught partly in a foreign language. The main aim is to give pupils as many possibilities to use the English language in different subjects and projects as well as the language course itself, thus allowing them to acquire the necessary skills for their future life as an European citizen. The setting up of this experiment involves proposing a series of training programs to the involved staff. The consortium is made up of 16 schools for this particular mobility program, all of which are part of the European school project. Thus, in the 2 years of the project, 141 participants will be able to carry out a mobility in England by attending organised lessons, adapted to the specific needs of each participant and/or a shadowing period in a European partner school. It principally concerns teachers of non-language subjects who wish to improve their English language skills but there are also language teachers, management and administrative staff who have been picked for their specific training needs. Each person has been selected on the basis of specific criteria which have been defined by the Academy: committment to innovation, willingness to train in order to develop their skills and the committment to partake in a training program which not only includes an European mobility but also includes preparatory activities and the use of their new skills as part of the experiment. The training program is based on a diagnostical evaluation of the linguistic capacities of the participants and defines the training activities which will take place before, during and after their mobility. The skills to be learnt and the way they will be used in a pedagogical approach are specified. The Europass language passport constitutes the instrument of measure of the training program, underlined in a mobility contract binding each of the different persons (the Local Education Authority, the participating school, and the training college or partner school). Except for our English teachers, the language skills of our trainees will be attested either by the “DCL” (which is a national professional diploma giving a level of the European Framework of Reference for Languages) or by the “Certification complémentaire” which certifies a recognised level of language skills in order to teach a non-linguistic subject in English. The follow-up will be conducted by the Academy’s Project Team which is composed of the Head Teachers of the consortium schools, a Project Leader Teacher in each school and several Team Leaders responsible for the day-to-day follow-up of a group of schools, under the responsability of the Academy’s Delegate for European and International Relations, who manages the whole project with a Team Leader. The training courses followed by each participant must help towards developing each pupil’s English skills to a level where they can communicate, by increasing their time spent in presence of the language. Their acquired skills will lead to their success and improve their personal development and their employability on the national, European and international job market. The trainees will be able to improve their English skills and the quality of their teaching in terms of language, culture and educational methods. They will also be able to constitute a network of European contacts in order to develop multidisciplinary educational cooperation projects. By improving the capacities of each of the participants, their mobilities will enhance the international dimension of their school which will be rewarded by the issuance of the academic label “European School”. These innovative projects will contribute to the evolution of our educational system. The experiment carried out in the Académie de Reims is destined to be taken on board by a larger number of schools in the Academy. It is also easily transposable to other territorial contexts. This innovative project is in line with the strategic goals of “Europe 2020” defined by the European Commission in terms of education, for lowering school drop-out rates and increasing the number of higher education graduates.
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