Cardiff Council, SNAP Cymru and a group of schools are delighted to announce that we have been successful in achieving European Funding for a Family and Community Engagement project where we will be working collaboratively with colleagues in Warsaw, Poland and Ferrol, Spain.

As a result of the advice and support schools have received from Cardiff Council over recent years participation in the International Dimension has grown significantly.   Cardiff Council now has its own International School Linking Officer supporting schools across the Central South and South East Consortia.  Together with partners from all over the world they have seen the development of teachers and young learners as global citizens and work completed has impacted on standards and engagement across our schools.  They have welcomed guests from across the world, enriching the classroom experience for our young learners and teachers.  Staff have benefited from CPD opportunities and have visited partners in very many countries sharing good practice and bringing new and exciting approaches to teaching and learning into our schools.

In 2013 Cardiff Council, SNAP Cymru and a number of schools across Cardiff embarked upon a 2 year project with partners in Nuremberg, Germany which looked at shared understandings of inclusive teaching and learning.

We are working together to:

  • develop modules for common learning processes focusing on standards
  • share materials and approaches to working in partnership with families
  • create activities to further develop teachers’ training

Both regions have different levels of development in inclusive practice. So we are learning from each other in addition to developing common strategies, concepts and modules.

Family and Community Engagement.

Following on from the success of this project Cardiff Council, SNAP Cymru and a new group of schools applied for funding from Europe to look at Family and Community Engagement.  We are delighted to announce that we have been successful in our application and between now and 2016 will be working collaboratively with colleagues in Warsaw, Poland and Ferrol, Spain.

In line with European priorities we will be working together to identify strategies for improving the attainment of young people, particularly those at risk of early school leaving and with low basic skills (migrant pupils and disadvantaged pupils). We aim to achieve a greater understanding and responsiveness to social, linguistic and cultural diversity and encourage our families to become more active in society.  We have seen a huge increase in the number of ethnic minority groups in our regions.  Many of those families have little or no experience of education and the importance in education for their children.  This growing demographic is coupled with a growth in the number of disengaged families amongst our indigenous population.  All regions involved in this project have already begun looking at how we can engage with families and ultimately their young learners in education but we recognise that more needs to be done.   We have planned a project through which we can work together with partners from varying regions pooling our resources and ideas to so we can engage more successfully with families and their children who are harder to reach.  Through collaborative working, teacher training, accredited training opportunities for parents and developing student voice we believe we can work together to improve aspiration and engagement.