The old programmes Comenius and Grundtvig have gone and now EU funding for in-service teacher training is provided through an EU programme called Erasmus+.
What is Erasmus+?
The EU Erasmus+ programme is intended to support activities in a variety of fields including education, training, youth and sport in all sectors of lifelong learning (Higher Education, Further Education, adult education, schools, youth activities etc).
There is now much more money available for training teachers (and TAs, and other school support staff) and you should make your head of school and colleagues aware of this opportunity.
The grants cover all elements of the courses; training input, accommodation, subsistence and travel, so if you make a successful application there is no cost to the school or individual member of staff.
We are already working with schools that have received significant grants from Erasmus+ for their teachers to study French. It is good for your school – and for you!
Who can apply for Erasmus+?
Erasmus+ is available to a wide range of organisations across all sectors of education and training in the EU member and EFTA states (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland).
Any public or private organisation actively involved in these areas can now apply for funding. That means if you are a teacher in a private, local authority or academy school – as long as your school applies, you can benefit!
How do we apply?
Applications are made through the ‘Erasmus + Key Action 1 for schools’ programme.
Applications are no longer for single courses for single members of staff. Applications are done through your school, and one application can cover multiple courses [for the same member(s) of teaching staff or for a range of individuals].
When is the deadline?
- There is only one application date each year, and the next deadline for submitting completed applications will be early 2017
- This feels like a long time ahead, but you need to start planning now to ensure you can put in a strong application
- You need to speak to your school / institution NOW to ask if they will support a funding application for your school! As the application is made in your school’s name it is vital that you make sure that your school is prepared to support your application before you go any further.
- If you are English speaking you can call our ‘Erasmus+ expert’, Sheelagh Connolly, who can give you more advice on making an application and, if you are UK based, can support you with it. Sheelagh is available on +44 7933 796 931 or you can contact her on [email protected]
- You can apply for a French course with French in Normandy as soon as you have spoken to your school and decided to make an application. Contact Eleri Maitland at eleri.maitland(at)frenchinnormandy.com. We will hold your place on the course until you have confirmed your funding application has been successful
What to do next
- Read the Erasmus+ information at the links we have given you below and arrange a meeting with the person responsible in your school, university, college or organisation – we recommend you arrange this now!
- As part of your application your school / organisation will need to submit a European Development plan for one or two years, in line with the EU 2020 Education, Training, Youth and Sport Proposal. You request a number of ‘mobilities’ (grants) for staff to attend training courses at French in Normndy. We can advise on suitable plans.
- Your school will need to register with the European Commission’s Participant Portal and get a PIC number here.
- When your funding is awarded, you and your school can then choose which French in Normandy course you would like to participate in.
- French in Normandy are listed in the ERASMUS+ School Educaton Gateway Catalogue. You can choose our French in Normandy Teacher Training Course.
Forms are available on the Erasmus+ web site. To help you prepare, you can look at examples of them here.
- FRENCH IN NORMANDY PIC No. is – 932062428
- French in Normandy’s official English speaking Erasmus+ partner is Sheelagh Connolly. You can call her on: +44 7933 796 931 or you can contact her by email at claro(at)live.co.uk.
- A step-by-step application guide for organisations is available on the Erasmus+ website – Click here.
- Erasmus+ Funding Guide.
- Find the National Agency in your country here.
Following its Qualité fle audit in January 2016, French in Normandy received the highest mark of three stars in all the areas audited.
The French government quality label audits the following areas:
- Quality of the premises, health and safety concerns
- Quality of the Management structure, financial management and sales and marketing
- Quality of the Welcome service, choice of accommodation, quality of accommodation and welcome service
- Quality of the teaching, teachers’ conditions of service
- Quality of the courses, course content and organisation for Business and General French and French for specific purposesFrench in Normandy was also voted Best French Language School for the third year running by students on educationstars. “This is a tribute to the dedication of the French in Normandy staff and their commitment to quality, “ says Owner Eleri Maitland.
This post originally appeared on the IALC blog.
The Erasmus programme for teachers aims to help school teachers across Europe, providing them with an opportunity to increase their language level, take a look at some examples of « Best teaching practices » and innovative approaches to classroom management so as to enhance their professional skills.
The programme is designed for teachers of all levels from pre-primary to secondary and as part of the project teachers are encouraged to link up with teachers in their target language country. This year French in Normandy has so far welcomed over 50 teachers mainly from the UK as part of their in-service teacher training course and many have been part of the Erasmus project. As part of their course, visiting teachers have enjoyed observation sessions both in-house at French in Normandy as well with some of our partner schools, colleges and lycées here in Rouen. They have also enjoyed working on assignments using realia and preparing school visits to museums and historic monuments here in the city of Rouen via the excellent online and accessible educational and learning resources provided by French in Normandy.
Olivier spent many years teaching and leading the academic team at the French Institute of Japan and he speaks fluent Japanese. During his time in Japan he was still connected to FLE (French as a Foreign Language) in France as he was the principle coordinator for the practical teaching element of French teaching degree offered by the University of Maine in West France. He was also the driving force behind an on-line shared database for French language teachers in Japan as well as working as a consultant for the Institut Français & Alliance Française network in their quality department.
French is Normandy is delighted to welcome Olivier on board especially as he is also the co-author of a series of specialised French language text-books for beginners. « We are very pleased that Olivier has joined us and see his appointment as another landmark in our commitment to ever-higher levels of quality teaching and performance » said FIN Director Eleri Maitland.
What are your first impressions of Rouen?
Olivier: The longer I spend in Rouen, the more my first impression of this city is confirmed: Rouen is the art of living “à la française”. It’s been a centre of trade for centuries, the area is full of history and culture . Visitors can enjoy a truly authentic provincial capital and unparalleled gourmet experience. Yet the city offers the best of modern cities -it is dynamic and functional city, with the city’s rental bicycles a firm favourite with our students. For me, after spending many years in crazy Tokyo, I do enjoy the city’s green heart as well as the welcoming kindness of the people here.
You have been at FIN since June 1st are you planning to make major changes to the school’s academic programme ?
Olivier: The school has an incredibly well structured and developed academic profile and, as a mirror of Rouen itself, it’s quiet amazing to have such a level of organisation in language school that has managed to maintain its family feel and size. So I won’t have to make major changes in the overall programme. My goal for the years to come is to make the classes evolve as “connected classes”, taking advantage of the cloud technology that everybody is using more and more in everyday life. We want our classes to prepare our students not just to get top DELF and DALF scores but also to be able to truly use the French language in real life situations. This is not just a French in Normandy goal but one that is clearly identified in the European Framework for Languages.
What do you hope to bring to an award winning French language school such as French in Normandy?
French in Normandy staff, host families and partners are all simply delighted that students have voted us ‘Best French Language School’ for the second year running with such wonderful reviews of French in Normandy. Reading the lovely things that our students have written about us encourages us all not just to keep up the good work but to keep on striving to improve French in Normandy and the service that we offer. We are all proud to have been awarded this fantastic recognition of our school’s commitment to our students.
Read reviews of French in Normandy online at EducationStars and discover what our students love about studying French with us in Rouen!
French in Normandy was honoured by Turkish Agency Association UED for the second year running and received the Best French Language School Award 2014.
Eleri received the award from an old friend from the language travel industry, Necçdet Bilgen from BILTUR who spoke fondly about Tom and the many times over the years that they shared a drink of raki together.
The ceremony took place in the delightful Prestige Elite World Hotel in Taksim and UED put on a marvellous spread of delicious food !
Photos show Eleri, President of UED Eren Goker and Neçdet Bilgen as well as Eleri, Neçdet and Brigitta from Humboldt Institute also a second time winner.
Many thanks from French in Normandy !
French in Normandy, Rouen has just added another title to their name !
Voted ‘Star French Language School’ for 5 consecutive years from 2008 to 2012 in the STM Awards the school has just been voted ‘Best French Language School 2013’ by students on the Educationstars website. French in Normandy, a small family run French Language school received an incredible 94.87% satisfaction rate and not only took the Best French Language School title but came in third place worldwide beating many large and well known Englsih language schools !
« We are totaly delighted to add the Educationstars Best French Language School title to our UED award of Best French Language School 2013. It is a tremendous boost to the staff and recognises their dedication and professionalism» said French in Normandy’s Eleri Maitland.
French in Normandy has the French Government Qualité fle label and after their 5 STM victories is the only French Language School to date to have been awarded Superstar status. French in Normandy will be hosting the 2015 IALC Workshop.
ISTANBUL, TURKEY – French in Normandy’s Eleri Maitland had an even bigger smile than usual after winning the first UED Awards in the Best French Language School category. She received the award from Neçdet BILGEN of BILTUR.
An award winner association’s awards, The UED Awards, which was organized for the very first time this year, is the only competition which aims to learn Turkish agents’ and their students’ choices and reward the institutions which provide the best services for them.
After all the UED member agencies present their candidate institutions for each category, the winners were selected through the 3 most nominated institutions in each category by the votes of the UED Member Agencies’ Directors who are leaders of the international education consultancy sector in Turkey.
The event was held at the smart Nippon Hotel Taxim Square and prize winning European Airline: Turkish Airlines, were also there. Mr Gayret YUKSEL, Turkish Airlines Marketing Specialist, was pleased to receive the award of Best Airline from the Turkish Association President Mr Eren GOKER.
For further details contact Eleri Maitland.