Erasmus+ Project


Reducing barriers to learning and promoting inclusion and motivation through peer support.

Our partner schools are:

What is Erasmus?

Erasmus+ is the youth section of Erasmus. It is an EU funded scheme encouraging international cooperation between schools in which pupils from across Europe work together to improve quality of learning and education through discussion and collaboration.

Over the course of two years beginning in 2017, pupils from Trinity Academy have engaged in a project titled Promoting Inclusion and Motivation Through Peer Support. In this programme three groups of ten S5/6 pupils will go to one of Holland, Germany or Sweden for a week to work with pupils from each country to develop a better understanding of an issue or topic stemming from the overriding theme. This is fed back to schools, on return, who then work out an ideal way to use the knowledge and strategies discussed to improve school experience.

The project’s goal is to look at different barriers to learning. For different reasons students may experience difficulties in their learning process at school. This project aims to identify the various causes of this and to suggest possible solutions, also based on peer support, the idea that students can help and support each other to overcome these barriers.

Our project in full detail can be viewed at our Erasmus+ website.

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Scotland - January 2018


The Week's Task

The task given to the students for the first installment of the Erasmus+ project was around improving transitions in education for those with additional needs. Through a collection of workshops and presentations from professionals in the field, the groups were given inspiration for their initiatives in improving transitions. They collated their findings from their respective countries about how transitions work and how they could be improved, adding what they learnt from the week's research to come up with initiatives to improve transitions for those with additonal needs and how they would be implemented in the various countries.


  • Saturday: spend the day with host families
  • Sunday: Edinburgh Castle, Royal Mile, Watch ice hockey game at Murrayfield
  • Monday: Opening Ceremony, Presentations, Ice breakers, Group work and presentations about transitions, Evening meal out
  • Tuesday: Additional needs workshops, Presentation from Danny Murphy, Visit to Scottish Parliament, Movie night in school
  • Wednesday: Additional needs workshop, presentation by Jan Gardiner, Presentation Planning, Visit to National Museum of Scotland, Evening meal out
  • Thursday: Presentations at city Chambers, welcome from Lord Provost and Councillor Alison Dickie, Visit to Edinburgh Dungeons, Burns Supper, Ceilidh
  • Friday: Departure of students


At the end of the week the Erasmus pupils presented their initiatives for improving inclusions and transitions for those with additionl needs, at the City Chambers to all the groups, staff, and some council officials. The presentations can be viewed below:


The Netherlands - September 2018


The Project Continued - Motivation

The overall theme of this meeting was motivation. The main goal was to investigate this theme from the point of view of the students themselves and the role which students can play in identifying and further developing the possibilities for improvement of the motivation for learning among students. 

Based on this, pupils put together concrete proposals on how to improve motivation, both aimed at what the school and teachers can do, and perhaps even more importantly, what pupils can do to help each other in this respect (“peer support”). The aim is that these proposals will lead to specific developments within each school to increase motivation for learning.

Check our Erasmus Edinburgh Youtube Channel for some highlights from the trip!


  • Saturday: Spend the day with host families
  • Sunday: Amsterdam - Anne Frank House & City Tour, Dinner at Croy de Pettelaar
  • Monday: Survey presentation, debating workshop, preparing for school visits, movie night at school
  • Tuesday: School visits, exchange experiences, pubquiz at school
  • Wednesday: Motivation workshop, start presentations, Frietkar dinenr & Casino Night
  • Thursday: Presentations at City Hall, free time, dinner at host family
  • Friday: Travel home


At the end of the week, groups presented their proposed 'toolkits' to all of the Erasmus group and staff. These toolkits were inspired by the week's workshops and visits, to try and improve motivation in learning and discuss how realistic they would be to implement.

As a result of the meeting in The Netherlands the following was done at Beekvliet: Activities to allow pupils to have more autonomy and choice regarding their learning process are in an early phase of development. The input and ideas of the pupils on how to improve motivation have been used to stimulate this process. They have been used as input to our new school (development). We are also considering implementing another proposal which came from the Erasmus meeting: a system to allow pupils to do homework at school after regular school hours under the supervision and guidance of teachers and (older) fellow pupils, which will allow pupils to ask questions about the subject matter, when necessary. This has not been implemented, yet. Discussions are still on-going.