Tuesday, 14 July 2009

My colleague Penny Camateras who is Project Officer in the International Relations Team at Leeds City Council sent me this after we heard that all three of our bids for Comenius funding through the British Council had been successful...

"Hello Chris,, I worked closely with colleagues in Education Leeds, providing advice on the funding conditions and supporting all aspects of bid development, writing up and submission as needed, on the three Leeds bids submitted:

1. Developing teaching & learning of foreign languages in primary & secondary education using cross-curricular approaches and new technologies
[CONTACT: Julie Burgess]
Aim of the project: To develop the teaching & learning of MFL (Spanish/English ) in cross-curricular ways through exchange of good practice, pedagogical approaches and development of resources, using Art and PE in particular as a medium to develop Intercultural Understanding through teaching of Modern Foreign Languages. (Key Stages 2 & 3 Frameworks for Languages ie for pupils aged 7 -14). Project activities will include involvement of Leeds and Malaga teachers and ITT (Initial Teacher Trainee) students in placements in Malaga and Leeds to enhance the European Dimension in their own practice, develop teaching approaches and language skills.
Partnership: Education Leeds, 2 Leeds schools (Prince Henry's and Adel Primary) and Leeds Met - partnered with the AndalucĂ­a Education Authority based in Malaga and their local partnership which includes 4 schools, The University of Malaga, Picasso Museum Foundation and the 'Cabinete Pedagogico de Bellas Artes'.

2. A partnership approach to Inclusion, Equality and Diversity of Minority Ethnic Pupils
[CONTACT: Denise Trickett and Pauline Rosenthal]
Aim of the project: The project aims to develop an effective and transformational partnership between Leeds and Nykoping in Sweden to promote race equality and community cohesion, celebrate cultural diversity, foster equality of opportunity for different ethnic groups and ensure different minority ethnic pupils, and particularly international new arrivals, achieve to their full potential. As part of this project, partners will share and develop models, tools and systems of good practice in leadership and management in this field.
Partnership: Education Leeds, Ralph Thoresby School and The Church of England Children’s Society as a further local partner, with input linked to their LEAP project. They will work with the Education authority in Nykoping, Sweden and their local partners.

3. Transformational change through partnership
[CONTACT: Richard Boughey and Patricia Rose]
Aim of the project: The overall objective of this partnership is to reinforce lifelong learning to promote heightened participation in employment through improved educational outcomes for pupils in both regions. This initiative aims to improve the outcomes of all pupils with a focus on young people disaffected with their learning experience. The project will address the issue of engagement and interest in education by using creative arts and embedded ICT to produce enhanced learning environments. The use of innovative ICT is designed to create interest around which the partners will build an innovative curriculum to improve learning outcomes.
Partnership: Education Leeds, four Leeds schools (John Smeaton Community College, Cardinal Heenan High School, Temple Moor High School Science College and East SILC - John Jamieson), CapeUK - working with the Stockholm Education Authority and their own local partnership, which includes 5 schools.

Each project was awarded the maximum grant of 45,000 Euros for the Leeds partners - and in each case a separate grant is awarded by the relevant national authorities in the partner region for their share of the project activities. Genuinely delighted that all three bids got through. Kind regards, Penny."

This is a fantastic achievement and, as far as I can see, no other authority achieved three successful bids. We need to do more like this and explore and learn from what is happening around the world to continue to build BRILLIANT!


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