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Comenius

The Comenius Programme focuses on all levels of school education, from pre-school and primary to secondary schools. It is relevant for everyone involved in school based education but primarily focused on pupils and teachers. Local authorities, representatives of parents’ associations, non-government organisations, teacher training institutes and universities can also be involved.

Part of the EU's Lifelong Learning Programme, the Comenius actions aim to help young people and educational staff better understand the range of European cultures, languages and values. They also help young people acquire the basic life skills and competences necessary for personal development, future employment and active citizenship.

The programme addresses issues strongly related to current discussions and developments in schools policy: motivation for learning and 'learning-to-learn' skills, key competences, digital educational content and inclusive education.

Goals
Comenius aims to:

  • Improve and increase the mobility of pupils and educational staff across the EU;
  • Enhance and increase partnerships between schools in different EU Member States;
  • Encourage language learning, innovative ICT-based content, services and better teaching techniques and practices;
  • Enhance the quality and European dimension of teacher training;
  • Improve pedagogical approaches and school management.

Priorities
The programme is currently focusing in particular on:

  • Motivation for learning and learning-to-learn skills;
  • Key competences: improving language learning; greater literacy; making science more attractive; supporting entrepreneurship; and reinforcing creativity and innovation;
  • Digital educational content and services;
  • School management;
  • Addressing socio-economic disadvantages and reducing early school leaving;
  • Participation in sports;
  • Teaching diverse groups of pupils;
  • Early and pre-primary learning.

Mobility
Comenius "mobility" actions enable individuals to travel abroad to take part in a project:

  • Individual Pupil Mobility - gives secondary school pupils the chance to spend a study period abroad for up to ten months; This action is managed with the help of National Agency in your country (Download detailed info sheet)
  • In-Service Training for Teachers and other Educational Staff (IST) - enable teachers and other education staff to undertake training abroad, for up to six weeks;
  • Assistantship grants: fund student teachers to work in a school abroad for up to ten months.

Partnerships
Organisations involved in the school education sector from different European countries can work together in various ways through the programme:

  • Schools partnerships -enable school co-operation and class exchanges;
  • Regio partnerships - co-operation between different regions;
  • eTwinning -internet platform for teachers and schools.

Multilateral projects and networks

These are larger-scale actions, with organisations from different countries working together to develop, promote and disseminate good practice and innovation in school education.

To find out more detailed information about the Comenius Programme actions and how to apply for funding please contact our team who will guide you through the application process  or visit EC website on: http://ec.europa.eu/education/comenius/what_en.htm

Leigh - Europa Training

"The experiences students recieve in the UK gives them a better sense of what it means to be a European citizen. In addition, many employers highly value such a period abroad, which increases the students' employability and job prospects. Staff exchanges have similar beneficial effects, both for the people participating and for the home and host institutions."

Leigh - Europa Training

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