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Guidebook to individual pupil mobility with underprivileged audiences – cooperation between schools and pupil mobility organisations

This guide aims at helping schools to cooperate with pupil mobility organisations to effectively promote, support, recognise and leverage this experience, particularly among less advantaged pupils. 

The IPM handbook released by the European Commission in July 2022 is complementary to this guide: while the IPM Handbook explains how to manage Erasmus+ IPM projects in general, this guidebook looks specifically at how to encourage and support and ease cooperation between schools and pupil mobility organisations in the planning and running of Individual Pupil Mobility (IPM) programmes, specifically targeting young people with fewer opportunities.

In addition, this guide can be useful not only in the implementation phase of an Erasmus+ IPM project, but also for drafting an application for the KA1 accreditation in the school sector, following the Erasmus+ Quality Standards

Chapter 1 gives an overview of Individual Pupil Mobility within Erasmus+, focusing on the inclusion of disadvantaged pupils.  

Chapter 2 lays the foundation for cooperation between schools and non-profit pupil mobility organisations, highlighting its benefits and potential challenges and providing suggestions for its optimisation.

Chapter 3 expands on the suggested educational approach to IPM, learning journeys and learning objectives. 

Chapter 4 focuses on the recognition of learning periods abroad, touching on EU guidelines, learning agreements and assessment. 

Chapter 5 covers a series of practical and risk management aspects necessary for the smooth running of IPM projects. 

Chapter 6 touches upon the promotion of IPM, comprising examples and suggestions for communication. 

Other resources:

 Learning Journey activities

Teachers

Predeparture/Prearrival – 10-2 weeks before the program (led by the supporting organisation)

Reflection stop 1 – 1st week of the program (led by teachers and/or the supporting org)

Reflection Stop 2 – 4th week of the program (led by teachers)

  • Follow up 
  • Videoforum 
  • Debriefing 

Reflection stop 3 – 6th week of the program (led by teachers)

R-entry – up to 10 weeks after the end of the mobility (led by teachers and/or the supporting org)

  • Etwinning project

Students

Predeparture/Prearrival – 10-2 weeks before the program (led by the supporting organisation)

  • Introductions: the story of my shoes (30 min)
  • Simulation: How do we introduce ourselves? (diversity) (45 min)
  • Identity flower or creating a character (45 min) 
  • My intercultural encounter (communication skills) (60 min)

Break

Reflection stop 1 – 1st week of the program (led by teachers and/or the supporting org)

Reflection Stop 2 – 4th week of the program (led by teachers)

  • Videoforum (depending if they watch the movie or not) (45 min)
  • Follow up (15 min)

Reflection stop 3 – 6th week of the program (led by teachers)

  • Mapping the news (At home)
  • News analysis (At home)
  • Debriefing (45 min)
  • Follow up (15 min)
  • Initiatives and tools to foster global relations (mapping my own territory, school..) (At home) 
  • Why and how can these initiatives be helpful in bringing the world and people closer? (1 hour)

R-entry – up to 10 weeks after the end of the mobility (led by teachers and/or the supporting org)

Sending families

Predeparture/Prearrival – 10-2 weeks before the program (led by the supporting organisation)

Session 1

Session 2

Reflection stop 1 – 1st week of the program (led by teachers and/or the supporting org)

None

Reflection Stop 2 – 4th week of the program (led by teachers)

None

Reflection stop 3 – 6th week of the program (led by teachers)

None

R-entry – up to 10 weeks after the end of the mobility (led by teachers and/or the supporting org)

None

Hosting families

Predeparture/Prearrival – 10-2 weeks before the program (led by the supporting organisation)

Session 1

Session 2

Reflection stop 1 – 1st week of the program (led by teachers and/or the supporting org)

Reflection Stop 2 – 4th week of the program (led by teachers)

None

Reflection stop 3 – 6th week of the program (led by teachers)

  • Introductions (10 min)
  • Follow up on the experience (30 min)
  • Fatima (50 min)
  • Recommendations on how to face the end of the project (20 min)

R-entry – up to 10 weeks after the end of the mobility (led by teachers and/or the supporting org)

  • Engaging in local activities

Sending class

Predeparture/Prearrival – 10-2 weeks before the program (led by the supporting organisation)

None

Reflection stop 1 – 1st week of the program (led by teachers and/or the supporting org)

Reflection Stop 2 – 4th week of the program (led by teachers)

None

Reflection stop 3 – 6th week of the program (led by teachers)

  • Virtual Exchange (50 min)

R-entry – up to 10 weeks after the end of the mobility (led by teachers and/or the supporting org)

Hosting class

Predeparture/Prearrival – 10-2 weeks before the program (led by the supporting organisation)

Reflection stop 1 – 1st week of the program (led by teachers and/or the supporting org)

Reflection Stop 2 – 4th week of the program (led by teachers)

None

Reflection stop 3 – 6th week of the program (led by teachers)

  • Virtual exchange (90 min)

R-entry – up to 10 weeks after the end of the mobility (led by teachers and/or the supporting org)

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