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Applications for our International Study Visits are now open

Each year, on behalf of the Department of Education, the British Council organises and delivers three international study visits for teachers from Northern Ireland. 

Those chosen to make the visit will be expected to share the learning within and beyond their own school following the visit.

This year, the visits will take place during February half term break (Sunday, 16 February – Friday, 21 February 2020).

International Study Visits for 2020:

Canada – Special Education Needs Provision

 

Target audience: primary and post-primary practitioners with a responsibility for supporting young people with special educational needs (this includes SENCO in mainstream settings as well as practitioners in special schools and units)

Location: Canada

Objective: to improve further teaching and learning for young people with special educational needs by:

  • understanding the policy and local context relating to young people with special educational needs
  • observing and learning from the experience of others who are working with young people with special educational needs
  •  learning from the challenges and the successes which practitioners have experienced
  • sharing observations and
  • planning actions on return

 

France – Teaching of modern languages in Primary Schools

Target audience: primary practitioners with responsibility for the teaching of Modern Languages

Location: France

Objective: to improve further the teaching of Modern Languages at primary level in Northern Ireland by:

  • understanding the policy relating to ML at primary level
  • observing and learning from the experience of others who are introducing an ML in schools to children of primary school age
  • learning from the challenges and the successes which practitioners in France have experienced
  • seeing ML teaching in a variety of contexts including a new bilingual teaching initiative
  • sharing observations and
  • planning actions on return

USA – LGBTQ in schools

Target audience: post-primary practitioners with a responsibility for introducing relevant LGBTQ examples into the curriculum and addressing issues of discrimination

Location: USA (San Francisco)

Objective: to increase understanding of ways to include LGBTQ inclusion within schools by:

  • understanding the policy relating to LGBTQ 
  • seeing LGBTQ examples within the curriculum including in social and emotional learning contexts
  • observing and learning from strategies to address issues of LGBTQ discrimination
  • learning from the challenges and the successes which practitioners in the USA have experienced
  • sharing observations and
  • planning actions on return

Application Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must:

  • Hold a position within their school where they can influence change on their return
  • Have permanent or fixed term employment status within a school in Northern Ireland. They must be contracted to remain in post in their current school until the end of the 2020-2021 school year.
  • Applicants must not have participated in any other Department of Education NI funded British Council international study visit in the past five years

Please note:

  • Participants must be eligible to travel to the relevant country during the visit dates (16-21 February 2020). Subcover is not provided.
  • Permission to participate, if successful, must be obtained in advance of application from the Principal. 
  • British Council will provide the costs for flights, accommodation, travel in host country and some meals. Participants and/or their school will be responsible for the costs of insurance, relevant visas/waivers, travel to/from airport in home country and some meals.
  • Participants must be available to attend a mandatory pre-departure briefing in January in the British Council office in Belfast
  • Participants must deliver a mandatory dissemination workshop on their study visit with their group in the Autumn term 2020

Application Deadline – Sunday 8 December 2019 23:59 GMT.

For more information

Please email any queries to iepni@britishcouncil.org

Application Deadline – Sunday 8 December 2019 23:59 GMT.

Please email any queries to iepni@britishcouncil.org