Certification as European School

European schools impart a comprehensive knowledge of Europe to their students. They make it their task to prepare schoolchildren for a life in the common European home. They promote Europe-oriented intercultural competence through the transfer of knowledge, encounters and dialogue with people from other countries and cultures. All those involved in school life make an outstanding contribution to the cosmopolitan upbringing of young people and to the further growing together of Europe.

We intend to be certified as such a "European school" in the medium term. To do this, we have to meet certain criteria. This catalog of criteria includes, among other aspects, the integration of European topics, foreign language learning, project-oriented school partnerships and internships, personnel qualification and personnel development and quality assurance.

What is an Erasmus Plan?

The essential basis of the accreditation for the new generation of Erasmus + school education programs from 2021 is the so-called Erasmus plan.

In this plan, we are required to describe how we want to benefit from participating in the various key actions and thus also benefit our teachers and students.

The goals described in this plan will help us to achieve certification as a European school in the medium-term.

The Erasmus plan consists of three parts: the objectives, activities and planning in terms of management and resources (including compliance with Erasmus quality standards).

GoalsExplanation
Development and expansion of a European profile for the schoolLearning foreign languages ​​and promoting multilingualism supports us in the
successful integration of multiculturalism into everyday school life. Through cross-border projects
or active partnerships with European partner schools and training opportunities for
Teachers far from the Bremen system become the basis for a successful teaching of the
European idea.

Improving the quality of teaching and learning and strengthening professional skills
of the college
Through structured advanced training and peer-to-peer observation at European partner schools
(including job shadowing) and further training in the use of digital media are expected to result in
an increased know-how of the colleagues. With the effective use of digital media in the classroom
we expect an improved learning situation for our students.

Creation of the possibility of student mobility (student exchanges)By organizing and conducting student exchanges, we promote language skills and
multilingualism as well as the political participation of the students in democratic life within the
EU.

Promoting participation in democratic life in the EUChildren and young people develop a democratic understanding especially through personal experience, through own actions and thus through the development of personal and social skills.
By spending time abroad, the technical, linguistic and social skills of the students are developed and expanded to facilitate the transition to the European professional world. This is also achieved by promoting the key and interdisciplinary skills of the student, whereby
better opportunities on the European labor market and in the European community
are expected.

Establishment of a European cooperation networkThe network is intended to serve as a building block for student mobility in order to facilitate access to internships
and to enable individual guest visits to schools in other European countries.

Sharing results and knowledge about the program

  1. Sharing results within the institution: The beneficiary institutions should make their participation in the program generally known internally and offer participants the opportunity to report on their mobility experiences.
  2. Sharing of results with other organizations and the public: The beneficiary institutions should share the results of their activities with other organizations and the public.

Selection criteria for participants in activities of the Erasmus+ program

  1. Staff
    No teacher is excluded from possible participation. Ultimately, it is always about the right combination of subjects, foreign language skills and the  (personal) suitability of the teacher. The steering group around the school principal (Mr. Beck) and the school's European commissioner (Mr. Schmitt) will decide on the latter. During the selection process, we reserve the right to request short letters of motivation.
  2. Learners
    In principle, we do not exclude anyone from participating in a program module. The planned basis for participation will be a brief application with an individual letter of motivation. In order to ensure the highest possible equality of opportunity for all students, they are also allowed to write this in English, so that students with other native languages do not have a disadvantage if they lack German language skills.

Depending on the destination and the motto of the exchange program, students can increase their chances through their involvement in working groups such as "SoR" (School without racism), "Jugend debattiert" (Youth debating society) and "Jugend forscht" (German contest for young scientists). Through special achievements, such as in everyday school life (including school spokesman, course spokesman, school medical service, school newspaper, school band, robotics group) or in the BSO (Career orientation) area, students can also positively influence the likelihood of participation.

In addition, students with physical or cognitive limitations are always taken into account. Further criteria for participation could be the financial background of the parental home or the personal circumstances of the student.
In order to enable as many students as possible to participate, preference may be given to those who have not yet participated in any other student mobility.

Quality standards

Institutions that conduct mobility measures are obliged to adhere to Erasmus quality standards. These standards are intended to ensure that all participants have good mobility experiences and good learning outcomes and that all institutions that receive funding from the program contribute to the program objectives. Adequate compliance with the Erasmus quality standards in the national context is checked by the responsible national agency if necessary.

Principles

  1. Inclusion and diversity
  2. Ecological sustainability and responsibility
  3. Digital education, including virtual cooperation, virtual mobility and blended mobility
  4. Active participation in the network of Erasmus institutions