Hillview School for Girls is one of just a handful of schools in the UK to have received substantial funding from the Erasmus+ Programme, after months of hard work submitting evidence for their bid in 2014.
We have received around 47,000 euros from the British Council-funded project, which will enable students and staff to visit partner schools across Europe.
The Erasmus+ project lasts for three years and involves six other schools from Europe, including from Denmark, Lithuania and Spain. The partner schools, both primary and secondary, will share best practice and implement new teaching and learning strategies back in the classroom.
Modern Languages teacher, Sylvie Cihigoyenetche, is thrilled to be leading the project:
“We are so excited to be able to participate in this project and to have been successful after months of hard work. It’s a huge success for all partner schools. This is a rare chance for staff across the school to develop new skills and for us to share best practice with our European neighbours. We hope to capture our students’ imaginations with this project.”
The first phase will begin in February 2016 with teachers visiting partner schools to participate in professional development across all subject areas, as part of an ‘eTwinning platform’. This will then be followed by student visits to the schools, where they will have input into some of the teaching and learning ideas.
During phase two, all European students and staff will visit Hillview School for Girls, where there will be an opportunity to feed back their findings to parents, governors and the school community.
Headteacher, Elaine Buchanan, said:
“We are very pleased to be part of this exciting project. There is so much that schools across Europe can learn from one another and I believe it will be an empowering experience for all. Having been part of the Comenius Programme for several years, I know we will gain a great deal from this opportunity. ”
Students study both French and Spanish when they enter Hillview in Year 7. All the Modern Languages teachers are native speakers and we are well known for providing CPD training for Language practitioners across Kent. Hillview’s annual Languages Conference each February draws on expertise from a wide variety of Language experts and leading organisations.