Calculating your Erasmus+ grant for staff and teacher mobility is easy if you know the steps. Here is the simple guide helping you to calculate the maximum possible grant you receive for your mobility.
Brexit is expected to lead to many changes for Erasmus+. However, the outcome of the ongoing negotiations between the EU and the UK is not yet known. People keep asking us whether they can include mobilities to United Kingdom into their KA1 application.
Improving accessibility of international courses involves enabling participants with low level foreign language skills to follow the course. In all those years of providing international courses for teachers we came to a conclusion that a low level of foreign language skills need not prevent teachers from attending mobility projects. Quite the opposite, in fact. Sometimes participants with low foreign language skills can benefit even more comparing to other participants. If all the stakeholders (participant, course provider, fellow teachers) put an effort into helping them, those experience can be really unforgettable for all. Here are some best practices and advices for improving accessibility of international trainings for teachers with low levels of English.
Success does not just happen. It is planned for. And it is the same with Erasmus+ mobility projects. Preparation of participants is one such key to success. In the application process your task is to convince evaluators that you will take care for your participants and not just leave things to go with the flow. Here are a few ideas for a systematic preparation that you can offer to your participants. Preparation covers several areas and is task-related, intercultural, linguistic, and risk-prevention.
Dissemination is an opportunity to promote your work and the knowledge you received in Erasmus+ training abroad. So, do not take it as a pressure to put additional energy to your project but take it as a chance to facilitate lifelong learning in your community. Goals of dissemination are: raise awareness, extend the impact, engage stakeholders and target groups, share solutions and know how, influence policy and practice, develop new partnerships. Here are some ideas for different dissemination activities. Feel free to use them in your application.
It is almost the last part of the application form but it does not mean it is less important. Far from it. The evaluation demonstrates to what extent the objectives and desired outcomes were achieved at the different stages of your Erasmus+ mobility project’s lifecycle. Here is a guideline on how to prepare effective evaluation of your project.
Impact and dissemination bring you almost one third of scores in assessing the quality of your mobility project. Therefore, it is worth to put an effort to this part of your project.
The impact of the projects is related to the learning outcomes. Concrete learning outcomes lead to impact and this logical link has to be clearly demonstrated in the application form. But not just that. It is equally important to consider, how your mobility project will affect stakeholders outside your organisation. Different levels are important: institutional, local, regional, national and/or international levels. By tips below we aim to provide some ideas for effective arguments in the impact part of the application form for KA1 mobility projects.
Your project has to be relevant to the objectives of the Erasmus+ programme. Description of your project will be relevant if it reflects the following objectives in the field of education and training:
Besides the objectives above always check the priorities of your national agency. National agencies have the right to set country specific priorities that might be important in your context.
Align your objectives of your mobility project with the objectives of the Erasmus+ programme and priorities of your national agency. State clearly where the alignment lies and do not let evaluators to look for alignment because they do not know the project as well as you do and also, they do not have the necessary time for that.
Aligning objectives of your mobility project with the objectives of the Erasmus+ programme includes arguments about the outcomes. Show in your application form how your mobility delivers the learning outcomes below.
The broader aim of Erasmus+ KA1 projects is to enhance internationalization of the education. Internationalization increases employability, intercultural awareness, social capital, motivation for change, information sharing, awareness of different educational systems etc. European Development Plan in the KA1 application form is basically the answer to the question how will you strengthen internationalization of your school.
Throughout the years of working as Erasmus+ KA1 course provider we gained a clear picture of how does a high quality KA1 application form looks like. We are happy to share our insights in order to increase the quality of international mobility projects in the field of teacher training.