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The deadline for applications is 30 April.
This is for the new strategic partnerships.
We have to be clear that these are new types of school partnerships and not Comenius under a new name. The funding which is available to schools is for school staff to meet and plan projects which will impact on the employability of young people and support their learning in school.
These new strategic partnerships are designed to boost attainment and basic skills; including ICT and language learning, through providing funding for professionals to meet and discuss approaches to teaching and learning. During these discussions it is expected that colleagues will work together to share methodologies and produce resources which will ultimately benefit the wider European education community.
Of particular interest to the Commission are projects which target early school leaving and early years education.
There are still funded opportunities for pupils to travel but it must be clear that the pupil visits are integral to the successful outcome of the project.
An example of a project would be that two ( or more ) schools are interested in producing new digital resources to help children of lower ability with mathematical problem solving. Funding would be made available to both schools to allow teachers to meet and plan their project, observe lessons and work together on production of resources. Funding could also be provided for short joint training activities and for pupil travel to trial the materials.
If schools plan to develop pupil to pupil projects ; production of recipe books, traditional tales, garden designs, playground games etc, these projects should be managed using etwinning. There is no funding provided for these types of projects. It is expected that all pupil generated work can be exchanged electronically.
There is an online registration process to go through before you begin to complete the application form in order to give your school a unique personal identification code  (PIC) Full details are available at
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Decorate your Easter eggs the German way  and find out about Easter time in a different part of Europe !
Check out the UK-German Connection's pages for young learners - the voyage - Kids
you will find out all about traditions in Germany as well as a memory game and an Easter egg jigsaw.
The site also has lots of other activities for young people who may, or may not, be learning German at school.

Try this tongue twister with your class !
Es klapperten die Klapperschlangen, bis ihre Klappern schlapper klangen.

Apply for funding from the Charles de Gaulle and Lefèvre Programmes

Secondary schools (including sixth form and further education colleges) that have existing partnerships with a school in France can receive funding for reciprocal student visits.

If you do not have a French school partner, eTwinning has everything you need to find one.

There are two grants available, one from the Charles de Gaulle Trust and one from the Lefèvre Trust. They both offer student mobility grants to schools in the UK and France and can be used for individual and/or group visits.

  • The Charles de Gaulle Trust offers a grant of £5,000 per school for students aged between 17 and 19 who will be working on joint projects or study visits that can demonstrate a link to their school syllabus. A minimum of three students must participate in the project work.

  • The Lefèvre Trust offers a grant of £5,000 per school for students aged between 11 and 19

If pupils in your school and your partner school fit the age ranges specified then you can apply for both grants simultaneously. You and your partner school could access £10,000 each in total.

The application process is now open and the deadline to apply is Friday 2 May 2014.
Full details are available from

The song contest will take place in Copenhagen on 6th, 8th and 10th May. The final being on Staurday 10th some 10 days after our own local Song for Europe competition.
Almost thirty schools willbe competing for the trophy at the Gala theatre in Durham City on 30 April. The pupils will be singing songs in Polish, French, Lithuanian and Danish to name but several of the languages to be sung in our multilingual marathon.
Watch this space for news of our winner or follow our teeets from the venue #songforeurope

European Parliament elections are on Thursday 22 May .. don't forget to vote !

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