GLEE: Green Light for Environmental Employment    The ‘Green Economy’ creates millions of new jobs across the world and this project was about training youth workers in helping young people to develop the skills and motivation to work in the ‘Green Economy’.   GLEE – Green Light for Environmental Employment was a training programme for Youth Workers from four countries, the UK, Denmark, Bulgaria and Turkey, supported by a European Union grant of over €30,000 through the Youth in Action programme. The training ran from September 2013 to April 2014 and focused on activities covering environmental issues. The youth workers have selected projects from a range of topics including: using sustainable materials; conservation & preservation; recycling and using recycled materials; energy; ecosystems and prevention of environmental damage. The participants spent a week visiting various projects in the Teesdale area of the UK in September, and ran a set of activities in their own countries, which were shared in the Spring of 2014 at a second seminar in Teesdale. The skills and methodologies acquired during the training were then applied locally in the participants’ youth organisations.  For more information, please, visit the  project website  Project ID number: GB-43-E9-2013-R1

GLEE: Green Light for Environmental Employment

The ‘Green Economy’ creates millions of new jobs across the world and this project was about training youth workers in helping young people to develop the skills and motivation to work in the ‘Green Economy’.

GLEE – Green Light for Environmental Employment was a training programme for Youth Workers from four countries, the UK, Denmark, Bulgaria and Turkey, supported by a European Union grant of over €30,000 through the Youth in Action programme. The training ran from September 2013 to April 2014 and focused on activities covering environmental issues. The youth workers have selected projects from a range of topics including: using sustainable materials; conservation & preservation; recycling and using recycled materials; energy; ecosystems and prevention of environmental damage. The participants spent a week visiting various projects in the Teesdale area of the UK in September, and ran a set of activities in their own countries, which were shared in the Spring of 2014 at a second seminar in Teesdale. The skills and methodologies acquired during the training were then applied locally in the participants’ youth organisations.

For more information, please, visit the project website
Project ID number: GB-43-E9-2013-R1

  iPortal: Integrated Platform with Online Resources for Teaching of All Languages    iPortal is a platform providing teachers with valuable tools for online teaching of languages, including interactive lesson building tools, virtual classroom and 3D environment for oral skills improvement.   iPortal was a Key Activity 2 (Languages) project funded by the EU under the Lifelong Learning programme. This three year project brought together partners from Bulgaria, Germany, Poland, Spain, UK and Turkey to develop an ‘iPortal’ – an Integrated Platform with Online Resources for Teaching of All Languages. The project aimed to improve the quality and access to independent language learning tools by combining existing e-learning tools with a 3D learning environment The objectives were to: - Construct a new learning environment framework - Incorporate established language learning resources and methodologies including 3D simulation, video, audio, m-learning and social networking - Improve access to learning resources in English, German, Spanish, Polish, Bulgarian and Turkish - Develop a Second Life facility to enable learners to meet and communicate on-line - Create an on-line network of language centres and freelance teachers The platform enables teachers to teach students of all nationalities in different languages in an attractive, interactive and effective way.  For more information, please, visit the  project website  Project ID number: 531337-1-LLP-2012-1-BG-KA2-KA2MP

iPortal: Integrated Platform with Online Resources for Teaching of All Languages

iPortal is a platform providing teachers with valuable tools for online teaching of languages, including interactive lesson building tools, virtual classroom and 3D environment for oral skills improvement.

iPortal was a Key Activity 2 (Languages) project funded by the EU under the Lifelong Learning programme. This three year project brought together partners from Bulgaria, Germany, Poland, Spain, UK and Turkey to develop an ‘iPortal’ – an Integrated Platform with Online Resources for Teaching of All Languages. The project aimed to improve the quality and access to independent language learning tools by combining existing e-learning tools with a 3D learning environment
The objectives were to:
- Construct a new learning environment framework
- Incorporate established language learning resources and methodologies including 3D simulation, video, audio, m-learning and social networking
- Improve access to learning resources in English, German, Spanish, Polish, Bulgarian and Turkish
- Develop a Second Life facility to enable learners to meet and communicate on-line
- Create an on-line network of language centres and freelance teachers
The platform enables teachers to teach students of all nationalities in different languages in an attractive, interactive and effective way.

For more information, please, visit the project website
Project ID number: 531337-1-LLP-2012-1-BG-KA2-KA2MP

  Entrepreneurial School Leadership    In this project key successful entrepreneurial competences from the business world were identified and adapted to school leadership contexts and training modules were developed to equip school leadership teams to accelerate the pace of school improvement and lead and manage with greater school autonomy.   The objectives were to: -    audit the systems and leadership development programmes, as well as successful entrepreneurial practice in the world of work and relate it to the needs of school leadership teams -    establish a professional enquiry network to identify best practice and identify gaps in provision in the delivery of key areas of entrepreneurial competence;  -    develop a methodology of using professional enquiry and action research to examine real life cases in schools and business -    develop, through in-school professional enquiry, a set of training modules for leadership teams in both Primary and Secondary sectors in 4 countries -    pilot, test, evaluate and refine the training modules with leadership teams from each of the Primary and Secondary sectors in four countries -    disseminate the project outcomes and the training modules to School Leaders and Training organisations across the EU -    develop a set of online resources based on the real situations and the experiences of the participants involved to improve creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship in EU schools -    carry out longitudinal research into the processes used and their impact  For more information, please, visit the  project website  Project ID number: 2014-1-UK01-KA201-000002    

Entrepreneurial School Leadership

In this project key successful entrepreneurial competences from the business world were identified and adapted to school leadership contexts and training modules were developed to equip school leadership teams to accelerate the pace of school improvement and lead and manage with greater school autonomy.

The objectives were to:
-    audit the systems and leadership development programmes, as well as successful entrepreneurial practice in the world of work and relate it to the needs of school leadership teams
-    establish a professional enquiry network to identify best practice and identify gaps in provision in the delivery of key areas of entrepreneurial competence; 
-    develop a methodology of using professional enquiry and action research to examine real life cases in schools and business
-    develop, through in-school professional enquiry, a set of training modules for leadership teams in both Primary and Secondary sectors in 4 countries
-    pilot, test, evaluate and refine the training modules with leadership teams from each of the Primary and Secondary sectors in four countries
-    disseminate the project outcomes and the training modules to School Leaders and Training organisations across the EU
-    develop a set of online resources based on the real situations and the experiences of the participants involved to improve creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship in EU schools
-    carry out longitudinal research into the processes used and their impact

For more information, please, visit the project website
Project ID number: 2014-1-UK01-KA201-000002    


  VEO EUROPA – Video Enhanced Observation VEO Europa is a project which aims to improve the quality of teaching and learning through using an innovative technological approach, the Video Enhanced Observation App, to support initial teacher training and continuing professional development.   VEO Europa is an Erasmus+ funded project which aims to improve the quality of teaching and learning through using an innovative technological approach developed at Newcastle University-the VEO App (www.veo-group.com) to support initial teacher training and continuing professional development.  VEO Europa also aims to provide a tool to enable teachers to improve their monitoring and assessment of student learning. The main outputs of VEO Europa will be an enhanced version of the VEO App, an online platform hosting a set of training modules and portfolio of best practice resources, a community of practice, a series of case studies, a database and a research report and publications.  As VEO Europa seeks to promote teacher education with technology in different educational contexts, the project strategic partnership is composed by 6 partners in 5 countries: Newcastle University (UK), EdEUcation Ltd (UK),  Padagogische Hochschule Karlsruhe (Germany), Lapland University (Finland), Hacettepe University (Turkey) and Regional Directorate of Education in Haskovo (Bulgaria).  For more information, please, visit the  project website  Project ID number: 2015-1-UK01-KA201-013414

VEO EUROPA – Video Enhanced Observation
VEO Europa is a project which aims to improve the quality of teaching and learning through using an innovative technological approach, the Video Enhanced Observation App, to support initial teacher training and continuing professional development.


VEO Europa is an Erasmus+ funded project which aims to improve the quality of teaching and learning through using an innovative technological approach developed at Newcastle University-the VEO App (www.veo-group.com) to support initial teacher training and continuing professional development.

VEO Europa also aims to provide a tool to enable teachers to improve their monitoring and assessment of student learning. The main outputs of VEO Europa will be an enhanced version of the VEO App, an online platform hosting a set of training modules and portfolio of best practice resources, a community of practice, a series of case studies, a database and a research report and publications.

As VEO Europa seeks to promote teacher education with technology in different educational contexts, the project strategic partnership is composed by 6 partners in 5 countries: Newcastle University (UK), EdEUcation Ltd (UK),  Padagogische Hochschule Karlsruhe (Germany), Lapland University (Finland), Hacettepe University (Turkey) and Regional Directorate of Education in Haskovo
(Bulgaria).

For more information, please, visit the project website
Project ID number: 2015-1-UK01-KA201-013414

  T2TT – Trainee to Trained Teacher Trainee to Trained Teacher is an Erasmus+ Funded Project with the following aiming to improve the quality of Initial Teacher Education (ITE) and in particular the transition from a trainee to a second year teacher.    Trainee to Trained Teacher is an Erasmus+ Funded Project with the following aiming to improve the quality of Initial Teacher Education (ITE) and in particular the transition from a trainee to a second year teacher. We seek to improve the capacities of schools in professional development for both new teachers and experienced teachers, while developing new and innovative approaches to the training of school teachers and reducing the drop-out rate of teachers at the start of their professional lives.   The main objectives for the Trainee 2 Trained Teacher project are to: -    identify the tools used to support trainees and NQTs in the UK School Direct programme, including formal training, induction programmes, teacher support, coaching and mentoring, and in-house professional development -    develop a draft scheme of work for a set of training modules covering: Coaching and Mentoring; Developing an ITE/Induction package; Teaching and Learning; Behaviour for Learning and Special Education Needs; Measuring Pupil Progress and Impact; Assessment and accreditation of ITE & NQTs  -    pilot, test, evaluate and refine the training modules in 5 schools in each of 5 countries -    identify and use the tools to evaluate impact, including data and feedback from trainees, teachers and pupils -    develop accreditation for the training  It is a collaboration project between 6 partners from 5 countries: Carmel Academy (UK), edEUcation ltd. (UK), Teach for Bulgaria (Bulgaria), Centre for School Improvement (Lithuania), Federación EFAS Comunidad Valenciana (Spain) and Primary School of Pefkochori (Greece).  For more information, please, visit the  project website  Project ID number: 2015-1-UK01-KA201-013515

T2TT – Trainee to Trained Teacher
Trainee to Trained Teacher is an Erasmus+ Funded Project with the following aiming to improve the quality of Initial Teacher Education (ITE) and in particular the transition from a trainee to a second year teacher. 


Trainee to Trained Teacher is an Erasmus+ Funded Project with the following aiming to improve the quality of Initial Teacher Education (ITE) and in particular the transition from a trainee to a second year teacher. We seek to improve the capacities of schools in professional development for both new teachers and experienced teachers, while developing new and innovative approaches to the training of school teachers and reducing the drop-out rate of teachers at the start of their professional lives. 

The main objectives for the Trainee 2 Trained Teacher project are to:
-    identify the tools used to support trainees and NQTs in the UK School Direct programme, including formal training, induction programmes, teacher support, coaching and mentoring, and in-house professional development
-    develop a draft scheme of work for a set of training modules covering: Coaching and Mentoring; Developing an ITE/Induction package; Teaching and Learning; Behaviour for Learning and Special Education Needs; Measuring Pupil Progress and Impact; Assessment and accreditation of ITE & NQTs
-    pilot, test, evaluate and refine the training modules in 5 schools in each of 5 countries
-    identify and use the tools to evaluate impact, including data and feedback from trainees, teachers and pupils
-    develop accreditation for the training

It is a collaboration project between 6 partners from 5 countries: Carmel Academy (UK), edEUcation ltd. (UK), Teach for Bulgaria (Bulgaria), Centre for School Improvement (Lithuania), Federación EFAS Comunidad Valenciana (Spain) and Primary School of Pefkochori (Greece).

For more information, please, visit the project website
Project ID number: 2015-1-UK01-KA201-013515

           School Leadership Toolkit for Accelerating Achievement    This project addressed inequality in the European school systems by improving the skills of school leaders and equipping leadership teams with the competences, structures and tools required to transform underperforming schools into high performing schools in socio-economically challenged areas.   The objectives of the School Leadership Toolkit for Accelerating Achievement project were to: -    to identify the strategies, tools and resources required to turn a low performing school into a high-performing one and to develop a set of training packages which are applicable to all schools across the EU -    develop training materials to equip school leadership teams to analyse examples of successful school transformation, identify and use the tools required to measure performance, use self-evaluation as a tool for school improvement planning, design and implement the school improvement plan, identify and use tools to evaluate impact in the short, medium and longer term, including data and feedback from students, teachers and parents, pilot, test, evaluate and refine the training modules in 4-6 schools in each of 4 countries The specific outputs of the project were: -    A project website hosting the downloadable resources and case studies -    A set of pilot training modules and case studies -    A final downloadable set of 5 training modules for current and aspiring school leaders -    A handbook to support the training -    A set of case studies in 5 countries in both Primary and High Schools illustrating practical strategies used for school transformation -    A set of dissemination materials and seminars in 5 countries -    An overarching report on the process and results of the project to feed into the EPNoSL research -    A final international conference to promote the training resources  For more information, please, visit the  project website  Project ID number: 2014-1-UK01-KA201-000005

 

 

 

School Leadership Toolkit for Accelerating Achievement

This project addressed inequality in the European school systems by improving the skills of school leaders and equipping leadership teams with the competences, structures and tools required to transform underperforming schools into high performing schools in socio-economically challenged areas.

The objectives of the School Leadership Toolkit for Accelerating Achievement project were to:
-    to identify the strategies, tools and resources required to turn a low performing school into a high-performing one and to develop a set of training packages which are applicable to all schools across the EU
-    develop training materials to equip school leadership teams to analyse examples of successful school transformation, identify and use the tools required to measure performance, use self-evaluation as a tool for school improvement planning, design and implement the school improvement plan, identify and use tools to evaluate impact in the short, medium and longer term, including data and feedback from students, teachers and parents, pilot, test, evaluate and refine the training modules in 4-6 schools in each of 4 countries
The specific outputs of the project were:
-    A project website hosting the downloadable resources and case studies
-    A set of pilot training modules and case studies
-    A final downloadable set of 5 training modules for current and aspiring school leaders
-    A handbook to support the training
-    A set of case studies in 5 countries in both Primary and High Schools illustrating practical strategies used for school transformation
-    A set of dissemination materials and seminars in 5 countries
-    An overarching report on the process and results of the project to feed into the EPNoSL research
-    A final international conference to promote the training resources

For more information, please, visit the project website
Project ID number: 2014-1-UK01-KA201-000005


 
  LANGUAGE GAMES LanguageGames aims to develop multilingualism skills in early childhood education. The project exploits using serious games for active learning  which  is pitched at the appropriate development level of young learners. It immerses learners in a range of learning activities that are based on both school and real-life.    Perceptions on multilingualism in early childhood education are shifting. Emerging pedagogical theories argue that multilingualism affects a child’s cognitive development as a whole in a positive way. It widens learning opportunities as it provides access to rich educational content. Children today are exposed to languages in a natural way in everyday life: through images, games, music, text books, and more. In structured settings, a second language may be introduced as early as pre-school, although often informally through activities such as drawing, singing, playing, and more. LanguageGames aims to facilitate early language learning through learning games designed as complementary tools to be used in wider, blended classroom activities.  LanguageGames introduces game-based learning activities to promote the acquisition of a second language in pre-school and early primary education. This game-based learning approach offers specific educational advantages: It integrates active learning using ICT into blended learning that helps learners scaffold knowledge and skills. It promotes learning engagement through gaming mechanisms including story telling, collaboration, and rewards. It reinforces new knowledge through feedback mechanisms.  LanguageGames promotes early language skill acquisition through serious gaming. It exposes learners to activities based on real-life situations. Early engagement in language learning allows learners to be more intellectually perceptive and flexible. LanguageGames provides educators with digital tools which are designed to complementary to educational content to enrich language activities in the classroom. It empowers educators to effectively integrate ICT-supported game-based learning into their teaching through developing guidelines for good practice and sample learning activities.  There are 6 partner organisation from 5 countries involved in the project: Bucharest Municipality School Inspectorate (Romania), University of Thessaly (Greece), Tallinn University (Estonia), edEUcation ltd. (UK), Institute for Research and Technology Thessaly, Center for Research and Technology (Greece), Agrupamento de Escolas de Silves (Portugal).  For more information, please, visit the  project website  Project ID number: 2015-1-RO01-KA201-015212

LANGUAGE GAMES
LanguageGames aims to develop multilingualism skills in early childhood education. The project exploits using serious games for active learning  which  is pitched at the appropriate development level of young learners. It immerses learners in a range of learning activities that are based on both school and real-life. 


Perceptions on multilingualism in early childhood education are shifting. Emerging pedagogical theories argue that multilingualism affects a child’s cognitive development as a whole in a positive way. It widens learning opportunities as it provides access to rich educational content. Children today are exposed to languages in a natural way in everyday life: through images, games, music, text books, and more. In structured settings, a second language may be introduced as early as pre-school, although often informally through activities such as drawing, singing, playing, and more. LanguageGames aims to facilitate early language learning through learning games designed as complementary tools to be used in wider, blended classroom activities.

LanguageGames introduces game-based learning activities to promote the acquisition of a second language in pre-school and early primary education. This game-based learning approach offers specific educational advantages:
It integrates active learning using ICT into blended learning that helps learners scaffold knowledge and skills. It promotes learning engagement through gaming mechanisms including story telling, collaboration, and rewards. It reinforces new knowledge through feedback mechanisms.

LanguageGames promotes early language skill acquisition through serious gaming. It exposes learners to activities based on real-life situations. Early engagement in language learning allows learners to be more intellectually perceptive and flexible. LanguageGames provides educators with digital tools which are designed to complementary to educational content to enrich language activities in the classroom. It empowers educators to effectively integrate ICT-supported game-based learning into their teaching through developing guidelines for good practice and sample learning activities.

There are 6 partner organisation from 5 countries involved in the project: Bucharest Municipality School Inspectorate (Romania), University of Thessaly (Greece), Tallinn University (Estonia), edEUcation ltd. (UK), Institute for Research and Technology Thessaly, Center for Research and Technology (Greece), Agrupamento de Escolas de Silves (Portugal).

For more information, please, visit the project website
Project ID number: 2015-1-RO01-KA201-015212