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31 agosto 2022

Managing pupil mobility better, the new European manual

Translation by Giulia Lombardo

Long-term mobility for pupils is perhaps one of the least known opportunities among those offered by Erasmus+, but it certainly represents one of the “+” of the Programme.

In practice, it is the possibility for pupils to live a long-term European experience by studying in a school in another Erasmus + country, or by doing an internship in another organization, on the basis of an individual learning programme.

Compared to the previous Programme, in Erasmus+ 2021-2027 there are many schools throughout Italy that have included this type of activity in mobility projects, both through Erasmus+ accreditation in the school education sector, and through the presentation of short-term mobility projects, which are administratively easier to manage.

Ensuring a good mobility experience, a positive impact on pupils and the school and good learning outcomes still requires a lot of effort and attention in managing this activity. In fact, there are many aspects to consider in order to better organize and manage this experience in all its phases, before, during and after: the selection of students, the preparation of the mobility, the host family, the training contract, any plans for situations of emergency, the follow up with the recognition of the study period abroad, the evaluation of the acquired skills.

For this reason, the European Commission and the Indire’s Erasmus + National Agency have made available some resources, guidelines and recommendations to support schools in this activity. Let’s see which ones.

 

Manual for the management of individual mobility of pupils

The European Commission published in July 2022 a manual dedicated to the individual mobility of school pupils precisely with the aim of helping teachers, pupils, parents and all the actors involved in this experience to better manage all aspects, from preparation to implementation and follow up.
Erasmus + Handbook for individual pupil mobility in School Education, this is the title of the manual, is a step-by-step guide with useful recommendations and guidelines relating to the many issues to be addressed in order to achieve quality mobility.

 

Useful tools and information for schools

Schools and teachers involved in the individual mobility of pupils are invited to consult the page of the Italian Erasmus+ website dedicated to this type of activity (sheet How to best manage pupil mobility), always updated with a collection of useful resources and advice from the National Agency). The resources available concern both outgoing mobility, i.e. sending students to schools in other Programme Countries for a long period, and incoming ones, to better accommodate students from other countries.

 

To know more

We remind you that long-term individual mobility of pupils is possible within Mobility projects funded with Key Action 1. The next deadlines for applications:

  • 19 October 2022
    Request for Accreditation for a mobility project valid for the entire duration of the Programme
  • February 2023 (date to be confirmed with the call for proposals for 2023)
    Short-term Mobility Projects and Request for Funding for Accredited Institutes or Consortia

 

For further information: mobilitascuola@indire.it