Erasmus+ Project

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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 here at our Erasmus+ website.

Scotland - January 2018

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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 hose with additonal needs and how they would be implemented in the various countries.

itinerary

  • 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

Conclusions

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

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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...

Toolkits

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.