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									                        JOINT CURRICULUM PROJECTS
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                                    APPLICATION FORM
                                                                                              Reference No.
Application for a project with (please circle):

FRANCE                     GERMANY                 PORTUGAL                          SPAIN

Please refer to the relevant JCP guidelines before completing this application


Name of School

Address and Postcode

Local Authority

Project Co-ordinator:                                              Job title:

Contact details of project    Tel:                                 Email:
Senior Manager supporting the project:                             Job title:

Tel:                               Email:

School Sector                     Primary   ()    Secondary ( x)       Special ( )   FE ( )

Name of School

Full address and postcode

Name of region (e.g.
Bundesland if Germany or
Académie if France)
Tel:                              Fax                       Email:

Headteacher:                                       Project Co-ordinator:

School Sector                     Primary   ()    Secondary (x )       Special ( )   FE ( )
No. of teachers involved                                         2

No. of classes involved                                          1

No. of pupils involved                                           27

Age range of pupils to be involved                               13-14
No. of SEN children                                              2-3

No. of looked-after children                                     n/a
% of children eligible for free school meals                     20% approx

* Students have yet to be allocated to groups for Year 9 and so these figures are conservative estimates of the
number of SEN children and % of eligible for FSM.


PROJECT DETAILS – to be completed in consultation with partner school.
If necessary, please provide additional information on separate pages.

1. Please explain how the link with your partner school originated and what joint activities
currently take place. How will your project enhance the partnership between the two schools?
…………… a new school which opened in 1999 initially as an 11-16 co-educational comprehensive. In
September 2004 we opened our VIth form and at the same time were designated by the DfES as a
Science College. The school community, which reflects the cultural diversity of………, has had from its
inception a rich international dimension, which is reflected in all curriculum areas. The Governors and
Senior Leadership Team recently decided that they wished to deepen and broaden this international
dimension and from September 2005 designated the Director of Specialist School as International Co-
ordinator and are now in the process of applying for International School Award status. Two key elements
of this initiative are to encourage greater take up in MFL and to ensure that the school‟s specialist status is
of benefit across the whole school community.

The background to this partnership is that we wanted to extend our relationship with French schools
beyond an existing link with a school in ……. where we have an effective programme of e-pen pals
involving our Year 7&8 students. The Project Co-ordinator, ………., has been in discussion with a
professional colleague, ………….., on the teaching staff at Collège………., about the possibility of setting
up a partnership between ………….and Collège ………..and put forward proposals to their respective
school leaderships. The proposal was for a partnership which would focus on students in Years 9&10 and
therefore complement the…….. link. It was also felt that the contrasting experience of an inner city London
school and a town in the south of France would be of mutual benefit to the students of the two schools.

The Project Co-ordinator from Collège………., visited our school in April 2006 and met with………,
Director of Specialist School and……….., Project Director and 2 I/C of the MFL Department. At this
meeting, agreement was reached on creating a partnership between the two schools with the main focus
on developing co-operation between the MFL Department of APS and the English Department of
Collège ……… enrich the learning experience of the students of the two schools in French and English
respectively. This partnership is to be „rolled out‟ from September 2006. The meeting also identified the
potential of developing cross-curriculum projects which would reflect APS‟s status as a Science and
Mathematics Specialist School. This funding application focuses on one such project, although, it is linked
to Collège ………..action plan on sustainable development education (attached). We are also examining
the possibility of similar projects in mathematics and other curriculum areas.

2. Title of project- this must be an agreed and shared title
Learning about the Environment – Air and Marine Pollution
3. Please summarise the Joint Curriculum Project content, objectives and outcomes.
The project which we are seeking funding is a pilot project involving two groups of approximately 27
students one from England and one from France (Year 9 or “Quatrième”) which will prepare for the
delivery of a key topic, Air Pollution, as part of the new 21 Century Science GCSE course on a
permanent basis from the academic year 2007-8 as a joint French/Science project.

It will be a joint collaboration between the MFL, Science Department and ICT Departments in each school.
The students involved will undertake a joint research project comparing air and marine pollution in the UK
and France. They will work in groups composed of students from both partner schools and will visit the
partner school to collect data and work on joint presentations.

The immediate outcomes for the pilot project will be that the student will:

    i)         learn about a key area of science in an exciting and innovative way
    ii)        develop their written and conversational skills in French/English including their scientific
    iii)       develop their skills in research, group work; independent learning and ICT skills
    iv)        learn about the relevance and importance of science and MFL for young people and therefore
               encourage greater take up of MFL at GCSE and of MFL and Science post-16
    v)         learn about different cultures and environments and therefore enrich their overall educational

The overall outcome will be for the two schools to develop a sustainable and viable cross-curriculum unit
on Air Pollution. At APS this unit will be delivered as part of the new 21 Century Science GCSE course to
Year 10 students studying Science and French from September 2007 with students from the pilot project
playing an integral role in its delivery. At Collège…………, it will contribute to the school‟s sustainable
education programme. In both schools, the collaboration will provide unique opportunities for Science and
French to be taught in an innovative and motivating manner.

A further intended outcome will be the development of partnerships between our feeder primary schools
and local primary schools in…….. We work already with 6 Primaries in our area and we have experience
of collaborating with them on delivering language lessons as well as the outreach work we undertake as a
Science and Mathematics Specialist School. We are currently working with these primary schools in the
development of the MFL Strategy for Primary Schools and we intend to use the link with Collège…… to
demonstrate the benefits and viability of links between our respective feeder schools.

4. Please use the work plan below to outline the proposed activities with your partner school.
This should include a detailed provisional programme for the visit and also cover all pre- and
post-visit activity. Your work plan should take into account the following Joint Curriculum
Project criteria:

    -      School-based and other collaborative activities involving both sets of pupils working
    -      Day-by-day detailed programme for the visit
    -      Use of the target language where possible
    -      Any project outcomes (eg. Book, website, etc)
September 2006   Students introduced to the         Students learn about nature and
                 project.                           causes of air and marine pollution.
                 Small groups established           Students develop research skills
                 of ….and                           and independent learning skills
                 Collège ………students.               using internet and other research
                 Students undertake research        methods.
                 into air pollution and marine      Students develop written
                 pollution in their respective      French/English communication
                 countries.                         skills.
                 Students make e-mail contact       Students develop e-mail skills
                 with members of the Group and
                 share information about

October 2006     Students share results of their    Students develop knowledge of
                 research with other members of     scientific terms in respective
                 their group in partner school.     foreign language.
                 English students prepare
                 electronic presentation in         …..Students develop ICT skills in
                 French (e.g power point) and       French and vice versa.
                 French students vice versa.

November 2006    students visit Collège …….

                 Groups meet together to
Day 1            discuss the project and the plan   Students develop conversational
                 for the visit.                     skills; …..students learn about
                                                    the …..environment and students
                 Groups then visit …..and           share different cultural
                 surrounding area with              experiences.
                 Collège….. students acting as

                 Groups meet in school and
Day 2            discuss their presentations.
                 Groups work together on            Students develop their scientific
                 learning vocabulary and            vocabulary in respective language.
                 pronunciation of key word
                 related to project.

                 Students visit Air Pollution
Days 3/4         monitoring station. Gather and     Students learn about data-
                 process data. Groups work          gathering. Students support each
                 together to write up data.         other in written and conversational
                 Students visit Marine Pollution
                 monitoring station. Gather and
                 process data. Groups work
                 together to write up data.

                 Students make presentations in
  Day 5                             English and French to other         Students develop presentational
                                    Collège ……students                  skills. Students learn about
                                    comparing air and marine            differences and similarities
                                    pollution in……...                   between the environments of inner
                                                                        city and the country
                                    …..students prepare
                                    presentation for ….website in
  December 2006                     English and French and for          …..students further develop
                                    Year 9 Assembly and/or              presentational and ICT skills.
                                    Science lessons.

                                    Collège …..students visit…...
                                    Content similar to ….visit
  March 2007                        to ….but to include visits to       As for visit to ….
                                    Science and National History
                                    Museums, etc, and possibly
                                    local primary schools.

                                    Collège …..students prepare
                                    presentation on project for
                                    Quatrième Year Assembly
  April 2007                        and/or Science lessons.             ….students develop presentational
                                    Groups hold a series of video
                                    conferences to discuss
                                    outcome of project as part of
  June 2007                                                             Students further embed
                                    Staff involved evaluate project     conversational and ICT skills.
                                    and, if outcome is positive, plan
                                    for delivery of new cross
                                    curriculum unit for 2007-8
  July 2007                         involving joint research, video
                                    conferencing, etc, for delivery
                                    of 21 Century Science unit on
                                    Air Pollution.

5. Specifics of visit
ENGLISH SCHOOL ( compulsory)

 Dates of proposed visit__November/December

 Location of proposed visit__ …….

 No. of pupils involved ________27___________ No. of teachers involved_______2_____________

 Age range of pupils involved ___________13-14_________

PARTNER SCHOOL (complete only if relevant)
Dates of proposed visit_____________April 2007_______________________________________

Location of proposed visit____________.......... __________________________

No. of pupils involved ________27___________ No. of teachers involved_________2___________

Age range of pupils involved ________13-14____________
6. How do you plan to monitor and evaluate the project?
……has an International Working Party which oversees the development of the school‟s international
dimension and it reports to the Governors and SLT. It will, therefore, oversee the development and
delivery of the project as whole.

The day-to-day monitoring of the project will be responsible for the Project Co-ordinators in each school
and at APS the Co-ordinator will report on a regular basis to the Director of the Specialist School. The
project will be developed by representatives of the MFL; Science and ICT departments who will provide
curriculum materials for the different stages of the project.

There will be evaluation at different stages of the project:

    a)     preparation stage – in advance of the …..visit to France
    b)     the visit to France
    c)     the visit to the UK
    d)     at the completion of the project – July 07

This evaluation will involve feedback from students, teacher and parents. ……has an excellent record of
evaluating events and projects. The evaluation will be based on the outcomes identified above. APS will
consider some form of summative assessment at the beginning of Year 9 and on the conclusion of the
project to identify progress in addressing specific learning objectives in relation to French, Science and

At each stage there will be an written evaluation for the International Working Party with reporting to the
SLT and Governors as appropriate.

………at CILT has agreed to advise on the monitoring and evaluation and to act as an external evaluator.
We will also seek the advice of the LA Children Service.

7. How do you plan to disseminate information or outcomes of the project? (eg. to the local
authority and other schools in the area, to the media)

Dissemination will be a key element of the project and will involve different forms of presentations aimed at
different target groups:

In relation to the school community at….., we plan to:

    i)         include contributions from the students involved in the Headteacher‟s monthly Newsletter
    ii)        a full report on the project on the school‟s website
    iii)       the presentations to students in the Year 9 as outline above
    iv)        a presentation at the school‟s annual International Evening in March for parents and students

Beyond the school community we would hope to:

    i)         publicise the project across …..through the Innovations Steering Group which promote
               innovation in education across the Borough
    ii)        prepare articles for science education journals such as the ASE‟s Education in Science
    iii)       publicise the project through the 21 Century Science website as an example of good practice
               in delivering the new GCSE science curriculum
    iv)        publicise the project through the London Science Challenge website (the Director of Specialist
               School convenes the Curriculum Enrichment and Innovation group of London Science
    v)         participate in CILT conferences / seminars for Specialist Language Colleges, with a specific
               focus on cross-curricular projects, and publish the project on the CILT website for all schools.
               [We believe the project offers a model which could be developed in Specialist Language
               Colleges which are aiming to have a combined or second specialism of Languages and
               Science. This will be explored further with CILT and the SSAT.]
    vi)     approach SSAT and other equivalent bodies to publicise the project as an example of an
            innovative cross-curriculum project. …..has already succeeded in having an article published
            in Snapshots, the SSAT‟s publication on Innovation in Education.

8. Please provide any additional relevant details in support of your application (eg. relevance
to your school‟s development plan, support of external organisations).

As outlined above, the school Governors and SLT see this project as a means of strengthening the
international dimension of the school community and to ensure that our status as a Science and Maths
Specialist School brings benefits to the whole school community. These are both key elements of our school
development plan.
We have a new 6 form and this and other international projects have a wider aim of encouraging students to
continue to study post-16 MFL and Science subjects. Again this is a key element of the school‟s development

It will also directly contribute to the development of the new KS4 Science Curriculum which is also a key
aspect of our School Development Plan as well as our Specialist School Development Plan.

We are an active member of the local Network Learning Community which consists of primary and secondary
schools in our area. We will consult with the NLC about the development of the primary links as well as with
the Children‟s Service.

We have close working relations with the Environmental Services (HES). …..from ….has visited the school
on a number of occasions to give talks to students. We would hope to work with her on the development of
curriculum materials. It is also planned to develop this project in consultation with CILT and the Association
for Science Education. ….has strong links with both organisations.


                                    Cost per person                  Total
                                 £75 x 2                     £150
                                 (budget flights from
                                 Stansted to Montpellier)
Local travel                                                 n/a
                                 See under pupil

Accommodation and subsistence*
                                 £30 x 2 x 5 days            £300

                                             Sub-total (i)

                                    Cost per person                  Total
                                 £75 x 27                    £2025
                                 (budget flights from
                                 Stansted to Montpellier)
Local travel                     Transport to and from
                                 airport                     £400
                                 Travel in Mèze

Accommodation and subsistence*   £25 x 27 x 5 days           £3375

                                            Sub-total (ii)   £5800
                                             Description and cost               Total
                                                    per item
Materials / resources                      Curriculum Resource
                                           pack with advice on
                                           research, websites,
                                           scientific vocabulary:       £150

Communication                              Telephone calls – UK         £25
                                           to France

Staff time (inc cover not to exceed 25%)   Part cover of 2 teaching     £500
                                           staff for 5 days
                                           [APS will meet
                                           additional cost of
Other (please detail)                      French-English               £20
                                           Scientific Dictionary

                                                      Sub-total (iii)   £695

                                                  GRAND TOTAL           £6945

iv) FUNDING FROM OTHER SOURCES (e.g. Sponsorship, Board of Governors etc..)
Source of funding                                                         Total
Parental contribution – other than £125              £3000
students on FSM

Please see individual guidelines for TOTAL GRANT            £3945
maximum grant allowed                REQUESTED
*Where accommodation costs do not cover meals other than breakfast, an allowance of 15€
per day can be claimed.

Statements of confirmation

We confirm that the proposed project has been agreed with the partner school as detailed in
this application. We confirm that the principal or head teacher and co-ordinator of the partner
school have seen a completed copy of this form.

Signature of Principal / Head teacher:                             Signature of Co-ordinator:

          th                                                                  th
Date: 26 May 2006                                                  Date: 26 May 2006

This form must be accompanied by a signed statement from the partner institution
confirming that they have seen a copy of this application form and agreeing that they
are happy to participate in the joint curriculum project and project visit(s). This must
be signed by both the project co-ordinator and head teacher (if they are different), as is
required by the English institution.

The British Council is registered under the Data Protection Act. Some of the information provided on this form will be
recorded on computer but will only be used in the administration of the scheme for which you have applied. Any
information held in relation to your application may be accessed and inspected by you on request, in accordance with
the Data Protection Act.

Please send a signed copy of this completed application form to :

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