England [November 2016]

EMBRACE_LOGO 6

(Embrace Movement to Be Responsible Active Citizens Everywhere)

1st Work Meeting,   

(5th – 8th November 2016, UK )

Attendance – Day 1

  • A. Morris (England)
  • A. Markiewicz (Poland)
  • A. Kalliokoski (Finland)
  • B. Gomes (Portugal)
  • B. T. Velasco (Spanish Coordinator)
  • D. Končar (Croatia)
  • E. Łuczak(Polish Coordinator)
  • M. I. Davi (Italian Coordinator)
  • T. McLaughlin (England)
  • K. O’Connor (England)
  • M. Costa (Italy)
  • M. Krstić (Croatian Coordinator)
  • M. Perälä (Finnish Coordinator)
  • P. G. Garcia (Spain)

 

Day 2

  • A.  Markiewicz (Poland)
  • A. Kalliokoski (Finland)
  • B. Gomes (Portugal)
  • B. T. Velasco (Spanish Coordinator)
  • D. Končar (Croatia)
  • E. Łuczak(Polish Coordinator)
  • M. I. Davi (Italian Coordinator)
  • K. Pulsford (England)
  • M. Costa (Italy)
  • M. Krstić (Croatian Coordinator)
  • M. Perälä (Finnish Coordinator)
  • P. G. Garcia (Spain)

 

Day 3

  • A.  Markiewicz (Poland)
  • A. Kalliokoski (Finland)
  • B. Gomes (Portugal)
  • B. T. Velasco (Spanish Coordinator)
  • D. Končar (Croatia)
  • E. Escobar (Portuguese Coordinator)
  • E. Łuczak(Polish Coordinator)
  • M. I. Davi (Italian Coordinator)
  • K. O’Connor (England)
  • M. Costa (Italy)
  • M. Krstić (Croatian Coordinator)
  • M. Perälä (Finnish Coordinator)
  • P. G. Garcia (Spain)
  • P. Saggu (English Coordinator)

 

Day 1 – 6th November 2016

 

  1. Tour of Birmingham City
  • Partner delegations gathered together at 10.00 a.m. and had a walking tour around Birmingham – given by Mr A. Morris (geography & Senior Teacher).
  • Participants visited some historical sites and had the chance to learn about the history of England, which contributed for a better knowledge of the host country and thus for a deeper understanding of the English partner.

 

Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 5.00 p.m.

 

Day 2 – 7th November 2016

Call to Order:  A regular meeting of the Erasmus+ KA2 Project “EMBRACE” was held in Archbishop IIsley Catholic School, Birmingham, UK on the 8th November 2016.  The meeting convened at 11.30 a.m. with Project Coordinator P. Saggu presiding and Portuguese Coordinator E. Escobar, secretary.  Other members of the project in attendance were:

  • M. Krstić (Croatian Coordinator)
  • D. Končar (Croatia)
  • M. Perälä (Finnish Coordinator)
  • A. Kalliokoski (Finland)
  • M. Irene Davi (Italian Coordinator)
  • M. Costa(Italy)
  • E. Łuczak (Polish Coordinator)
  • A. Markiewicz (Poland)
  • B. Gomes (Portugal)
  • B. T. Velasco (Spanish Coordinator)
  • P. Gómez Garcia(Spain)
  • K. Pulsford (England)

 

 

  1. Meet and greet
  • Delegations met at school at 08.30.
  • After being welcomed by the school’s headmaster, G. Alexander, the visiting teachers were given a mini-tour of the school.
  • Visitors were guided by British students and had the chance to learn about the way the school works, to attend some lessons, and to get acquainted with the teaching practices at school e.g. how test corrections are made to ‘Close the gap’. Thus good practice was shared.

 

  1. Euro Junior Parliament
  • At 11:30 every delegation attended a Junior Parliament meeting held regularly at Archbishop Isley Catholic School. This meeting is a platform for the Pupil Voice and encourages the students to voice any concerns regarding their school and to come up with ideas for making improvements.   The visitors were able to see and learn at first-hand how this process works and to raise any questions to seek further clarification.
  • Participants discussed ways in which they could implement the European Junior Parliament activity in their own schools and how it should be a part of every Learning / Teaching Event on our calendar.

Business:

  1. Welcome
  • P. Saggu welcomed all the participants to Archbishop IIsley Catholic School and introduced K. Pulsford, the teacher in charge of setting up and developing the project website.
  1. Project Website
  • K. Pulsford presented the project website and gave each coordinator a password to enable access to it.
  • Participants tried their passwords and experimented with posting on the website to see how it works and to resolve any problems that they might foresee.
  • Technical concerns were cleared and suggestions were made for further menus to be added to the project website.
  1. Logo Competition

–  K. Pulsford showed the group the “Logo Competition” link and P. Saggu suggested that each person voting selects five logos.

–  The team agreed that all students AND all teachers in every participant school could vote in order to choose the logo for the project.  The window for voting would be 14th to the 28th November 2016.

  1. Survey: Nationalism vs. Patriotism

–  P. Saggu informed that the survey would soon be available for completion by students.

–  Partners agreed that every student involved in the project should answer the questionnaire.  However, since some of the students may leave school and new ones join before the project ends, it would be prudent to have the same survey answered at the start of each of the three years of the life of the project.  In this way, every participant school would be able to have a more accurate idea of the changing trends/ impact of the project on the students in their institution.

–  All agreed that the students answering the survey should be in age range 11 to 19 years to reflect the varying intake of all the partner schools.

–  Suggestions made for improving the survey were accepted and applied.

 

  1. Google Classroom

–  K. Pulsford presented the Google classroom and showed how it can be used. Every participant was given a tutorial guide on how to use Google Classroom in his or her own classroom/school.

  1.       Activities and mobilities

–  The Italian delegation showed a PPT presentation they had prepared on the activity they are responsible for: In their shoes.   They showed everyone their planning of activities for the first year of the project.  Very useful.

–  They have already prepared an ‘entry’ questionnaire about migration that they have offered to share with rest of the team for consideration to adapt/use within their own institutions.

– Activity The Human Rights Tree: the Spanish delegation said they were still at planning stage and would later give more detail to the other schools.

–  The next mobility will take place in Szczecin, Poland, from the 18th to 22nd March 2016* (will need to ensure this is 5 days + 2 days travel as per guidance notes).

–  It was also agreed that every school should use the Twinspace of the project as a place to upload documents that are not public including students’ profiles. It was also suggested that it might be used to have the students talking to each other and learning about different perspectives and experiences.  All coordinators will be responsible for checking this platform on a regular basis – every Monday?

–  E. Escobar, the Portuguese coordinator offered to create a closed group on Facebook for the project in order to make it easy to find information on the group’s discussions.

–  A. Kalliokoski also suggested using Instagram as a way of disseminating the project.

–  It was agreed that:

– Minutes would be written for every meeting/mobility,

– every host school would write a letter of invitation for the other participants before the mobility took place to facilitate travel as well as for record keeping purposes.

– Several activities can be started at the same time,

–  Reviews on the learning event should be handed in by 28th November.

  1. Grant

–  Every delegation informed they had received the first part of the grant and some concerns about the way it must be used were clarified.

  1. Certificates

–  The project coordinator reiterated the need to follow guidance notes for preparing the certificates i.e. they should contain the name of the participant, his/her email address and the objectives of the transnational meeting.

  1. Europass

–  Europass explained to newcomers to Erasmus+  – what it is and how to access it.

–  General agreement to prepare Europass for each mobility/meeting as it happens to facilitate administration and to motivate other students to participate in the project.

Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 5.00 p.m. 

Day 3 – 8th November 2016

  1. The Houses of Parliament
  • Partner Delegations travelled to London where they had a guided tour at Westminster Palace – they visited the House of Lords and had the chance to attend a session at the House of Commons. Thus everyone learnt about the history of democracy in England and the way its Parliament works.
  • Everyone took a walking tour in London and then travelled back to Birmingham by coach.

 

Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 8.00 p.m.

 

E. Escobar                                                                    23rd November, 2016
Secretary                                                                                 Date of Approval