Teacher Training with Erasmus Plus Funding
If you’re a French, Spanish or German teacher what better way to improve your language teaching skills than to take a fully funded trip abroad? (Preferably somewhere nice and sunny)
Erasmus Plus Funding is the European Union’s initiative to increase skills and employability through training and education. The programme includes teacher training and is available to language teachers all over Europe. Cactus Language can arrange French, German and Spanish teacher training courses that are funded by Erasmus Plus Funding. The purpose of the Erasmus Plus funding is to fulfil the goal that every EU citizen should be able to speak a minimum of two foreign languages, with the aim of creating an international work force that can be fully mobilised. The EU will fund this training, learning and travel, on the basis of certain criteria being met. The EPF calls this ‘Mobility for School Staff’.
Funding Teacher Training
Erasmus + Funding will fund the professional development of teachers and school staff on training programmes abroad. This includes structured courses, training events, job shadowing and observations. Schools need to apply on behalf of the school staff. Applications will normally be submitted either by the Head of Languages or Head of Learning and Development at the school.
Funding for teacher training courses abroad is given if the training develops teaching skills in a way that cannot be achieved at home. For language training this is easy to demonstrate as courses typically promote immersion in the language (improving language skills) and promote familiarisation with the latest cultural trends through presence in the country, in addition to expanding the teacher’s knowledge of teaching materials and methodologies. Training courses from two days to two months can be fully funded.
How to Apply
1. Check your school is registered with the British Council and has a reference number.
2. Map your school’s European Development Plan with the European Objectives
3. Register your school with ECAS – European Commission Authentication Service
4. Register yourself on the Participant Portal – you will received a unique ID code
5. Complete and submit the Mobility of School Staff Application eForm
All applications for 2016 funding must be received by 19th May 2016. Teacher Training Courses can be undertaken from June until December 2016.
Are there Funding Limits?
Your school can apply for the total amount needed. This will cover all training identified in your development plan, and the funding will cover course fee, travel, accommodation, and living expenses for the duration of the training course.
What if my School has not Applied?
If your school hasn’t applied you still have until the 19th May 2016 to persuade your Head to take advantage of this funding. If this does not materialise and you still wish to take a teacher refresher course abroad then Cactus offers courses for French, German and Spanish in locations across France, Germany, and Spain for unfunded individuals.
Cactus language offers the following types of language courses:
Evening language courses: 19 different languages in 15 UK locations
Language holidays: worldwide immersion courses in the country of the language
Private tuition: tailor-made and corporate language training solutions throughout the world
TEFL: teacher training courses for both English and other languages all over the world
Online courses: for teacher training, English and French