Swiss Cottage has a range of international partners, across Europe and beyond.
This gives us greater visibility to the latest new technologies and innovations in special education, to support the continued development of our own provision. Through our Teaching School and Development and Research Centre, we participate in a number of Erasmus+ activities. Erasmus+ is the European Commission Programme for education, youth and sport.
Through Erasmus+ staff and pupils at Swiss Cottage access a range of valuable learning opportunities. For example, pupils in our Post-16 visited Sweden, to explore job roles in IKEA.
Erasmus+: Trip to Sweden
Also, over the past four years, all of our newly qualified teachers have collaborated with special school settings in Iceland. You can find out more about on-going Erasmus+ projects we are involved in, by clicking on the links below.
Imagining the Future
The ‘Imagining the Future’ (or “IF”) Project ran from 2015-2018 and involved collaboration between the following partners:
- Swiss Cottage School, Development and Research Centre (London, UK)
- Northridge School (Doncaster, UK)
- Municipality of Linkoping (Sweden)
- Junedalskollen (Jonkoping, Sweden)
- Centre for Special Educational Needs and Psychology (Vilinus, Lithuania)
It was a project for defining new approaches to supporting young Europeans with special educational needs to access supported employment and the community. Through the project, young people and professionals from special schools in the United Kingdom and Sweden visited innovative overseas supported internship programmes, accessing unique vocational learning activities. Other project activities included the development of the ‘Share Fair’ website for teaching aspects of financial literacy, and the creation of curriculum and assessment materials to support the teaching of independent living skills. Project evaluation was led by professionals from the Centre of Special Educational Needs and Psychology.
‘Imagining the Future’ was funded by Erasmus+: the European Commission programme for Education, Youth and Sport.
Growing Great Teachers
Growing Great Teachers is a Project for Developing school staff across the London Borough of Camden, providing staff with the opportunity to train abroad within a European setting in order to bring back a European influenced methodology to their own practice.
Erasmus Study Visits
Visual Narrative and ICT Enhanced Classroom
Spain, 4 – 10 Feb 18
Enhancing Teaching and Learning Through Effective use of TAs
Spain, 18-24 Feb 18
Ideas for Developing a Global Curriculum
Spain, 4-10 Feb 18
Teaching and Learning in Special Education (The Icelandic Perspective)
Iceland, 22-26 April 18
Forest Learning (The Swedish Education System)
Sweden, 6 -10 May 18
Teaching & Learning: Understanding Finnish Education
Finland, 30 September – 6 October 18
Teaching Literacy Through Visual Narrative and ICT Enhanced Classroom
Spain, 20 – 24 October 18
Spain, 20 – 24 Oct 18
Teaching & Learning in Special Education
Iceland, 7 – 11 April 19
Sweden, 5 – 9 May 19
Good Practice Toolkit
Curriculum development workshops – Key contacts
2018-19 workshop dates are now closed
2019-20 To be announced shortly – key contacts – names of leads in each school
Reading and research suggestions collated during the project are shared below. Practical strategies will be explored in our workshops and collated in 2020 to provide an on-going resource base from the Growing Great Teacher Project
Growing Great Teachers Research and Reading Library: