The European Platform helps schools give practical expression to internationalisation in the classroom. Schools can participate in several networks and projects about language acquisition and international orientations. In addition, grants are available for such projects as pupil and staff mobility and in-service teacher training.
Primary schools that introduce early language-learning programmes and secondary schools that wish to reinforce language learning may apply for help with the European Platform. Schools that choose a truly international profile are given support in setting up our internationalised curricula, tto (bilingual education) and Elos - education stretching borders.
The European Platform particularly encourages teachers to share their knowledge and experience among each other, for example within the various school networks and at the meetings that are organised for all our programmes. Teachers and teacher trainers are also closely involved with developing the content of our publications, international programmes and curricula.
We are strongly committed to quality. Schools that participate in our curricula subscribe to a system of quality assurance and certification. Pupils demonstrate their additional learning experience by obtaining a certificate in internationalisation. In addition, some of them also take internationally recognised language certificates, such as those issued by Cambridge, Goethe or DELF.
Grants for internationalising education
Besides offering support through its expertise and networks, the European Platform encourages internationalisation at school through its role as a grant facilitator. Grants are made possible by two sources: the European Commission, as part of its Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP), and the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, as part of its Bios Programme ('Promotion of International Orientation and Cooperation'). Both of these open a wide range of possible activities to encourage internationalisation. Generally, Bios is used by schools starting out on the internationalisation path, while LLP is used by schools more experienced in internationalisation.
The European Platform is part of the Dutch National Agency for the LLP and manages the following programmes: Comenius for school education, Grundtvig for adult education and Study Visits for education policy-makers. LLP promotes co-operation between educational institutions within the European Union and a number of associated countries. Bios is not limited to any specific geographical region and it enables schools to work together world-wide.
We fund exchange programmes and in-service teacher training across the globe. At the request of the schools, the European Platform is also increasingly orientated towards co-operating with countries outside of Europe.