Building capacity for Erasmus+ in school education
About the project
The Erasmus+ programme period 2021-2027 increased the focus on mobility, providing learning opportunities to 12 million people (three times as many mobilities as in the former programme), building a European Education Area and strengthening the European identity. This all means that more schools, in particular schools with disadvantaged students will need to build capacity for Erasmus+ participation in order to for the programme to reach its full impact. This also implies that widening participation in the programme is necessary in order for the Erasmus+ programme to be successful. The BE+ partnership, consisting of school, local school authorities, municipalities and transnational networks from Sweden, Italy, Norway and Germany have found that the participation of schools in the Erasmus+ programs is either not widely spread in their local communities or happening in a way it can fully lead to school development.
The objective of BE+ is to increase the administrative and organizational capacity in K-12 school education so that teaching and management staff is better prepared to transnational collaboration within the Erasmus+ framework.
More specifically this means to:
- Support schools in identifying their needs in relation to capacity building;
- Develop innovative methodology and tools to meet the training needs of school staff-Improve the skills of school staff in understanding and implementing a project cycle management;
- Develop a toolbox that will prepare schools for the next generation of Erasmus+.
More than 500 school staff and policymakers will take part in activities that will be disseminated and have the potential to reach and benefit a minimum of 2000 K-12 schools.
The line of events have been organized into 4 core activities that are key elements in reaching the overall project objectives:
- Project management
- IO1 A Self-Assessment guide for need analysis in Schools
- IO2 Training course on capacity building
- IO3 Capacity Building Toolbox
Activities related to IO1 provide the partners as well as the project with a more profound, up to dated understanding of the needs of schools in a more holistic manner and will result in a self-assessment tool that sets the stage for the other intellectual outputs.
Building on IO1, IO2 will start of with a content development phase for the training courses that will be tested and evaluated during 2 Learning Teaching and Training activities.
Core activity 4- IO3 summarizes the entire project by collating all of the resources in one accessible and easy-to-use place. The toolbox makes it more likely that the outputs will be used by a larger cross-section of teachers, educators, policymakers and other stakeholders, going beyond the project partners network, beyond the partner countries and beyond the project timeline thus ensuring the sustainability of the project, upon its ending.
The long term impacts of BE+ are ultimately to increase the administrative and organizational capacity in the entire educational system so the Erasmus + program can be used as a vehicle of the modernization of European educational systems.
The project will result in many outputs related to capacity building, from identified needs of schools, the development and testing of innovative tools and methods, increased knowledge about the Project Management Cycle, increased confidence in engaging in application for Erasmus+ funding to the uptake in in new school contexts and the strengthening of the European dimension in K-12 Education.