The European Development Plan is not something that schools or a national mobility consortium will necessarily have in place already but it’s something that must be considered and developed before applying for project funding. The purpose of the Plan is to ensure that the planned activities of the proposed Erasmus+ project are relevant both for the individual participants and for the organisation as a whole, as they will have a higher impact on the quality of teaching and learning if they are well integrated into the organisation’s strategic development.
You will be asked in the application from to provide a strategic view of you organisation (or consortium) plans for European activities (the consortia need to have a strategic approach and present one European Development Plan relevant to all of the consortium partners). This will include an overview of the current status and vision for the future, identified needs, and how the planned Erasmus+ activities will address these needs. It is an opportunity to clearly link the activities you are applying for, and their outcomes, to the priorities, objectives and plans that the school(s) and consortium coordinator currently has in place.
This European Development Plan will be an important part of the evaluation of grant applications. You should consider the following before applying:
• What are the needs of you school or consortium of schools in terms of quality development and internationalisation? These needs could relate to the following:
✓ management competences,
✓ staff competences,
✓ new teaching methods or tools,
✓ European dimension,
✓ language competences,
✓ curriculum, organisation of teaching, training and learning,
✓ reinforcing links with partner institutions
• How will your school’s/schools in the consortium planned Erasmus+ activities contribute to meeting these needs?
• What impact is expected on pupils, teachers and other staff, and on the school’s overall as a result of the Erasmus+ project and European activities?
• How will your school/schools in the consortium integrate the competences and experiences acquired by staff into their curriculum and/or the school development plan?
• How will the school/schools in the consortium use eTwinning in connection with the planned Erasmus+ project and mobility activities?
So, what should we write in the eForm section titled “European Development Plan”?
The questions in this section will change depending if you selected to apply as a school or a consortium earlier in the application form. In this section, you should provide a strategic view of the organisation/consortiums plans for European activities. This will include an overview of the current status and vision for the future, identified needs, and how the planned activities will address these needs.
What are the organisation / consortium’s needs in terms of quality development and internationalisation? Please identify the main areas for improvement (for example management competences, staff competences, new teaching methods or tools, European dimension, language competences, curriculum, the organisation of teaching and learning).
This question is asking you to address the needs of the school/consortium and current priorities for improvement, particularly in areas that you are targeting in your application. Please explain why you focus on these specific areas and how they fit in the school’/consortium’s existing plan for development.
Please outline the organisation’s / consortium’s plans for European mobility and cooperation activities, and explain how these activities will contribute to meeting the identified needs
This question is asking you to address how the activities within the project will contribute to the objectives stated in question 1. Be clear on why the selected activities are the most effective way to meet your school/consortium’s development needs focusing on who will benefit, how many staff and learners will be impacted in both the short and long term.
Please explain how your organisation / consortium will integrate the competences and experiences acquired by staff participating in the project, into its strategic development in the future?
In this question you have to explain what your plan is for dissemination and integration of any tangible project outputs. Be specific and describe how the projects participants will share the best practice and knowledge/skills acquired during the mobility activities. Be clear on how the knowledge/skills/project outputs, for example new methodologies, curriculum improvements or training will be integrated into everyday activities in the school. Be sure to link these back to the objectives outlined in question 1.
Will your organisation / consortium use eTwinning in connection with your mobility project? If so, please describe how.
The use of eTwinning is not mandatory but it can help you deliver your mobility project activities through online collaboration. If you are using eTwinning as part of the project please specify how, focusing on the value that it will add to your mobility activities and the impact they will have.