Rutherford House School applied to the Erasmus + programme in May 2017 and were delighted to hear that their application was successful. Erasmus+ offers exciting opportunities for UK participants to study, work, volunteer, teach and train abroad in Europe and this is an excellent continuing professional development opportunity for the teachers attending, bringing back the skills to benefit their pupils.
The title of the project is Spanish for Teachers – embedding Spanish in the curriculum and school life at Rutherford House School. The staff were supported in their application by CLAROGB, a company specifically set up to assist with Erasmus+ applications and organising the training in Spain.
The grant for £36,000 secured by the school will cover training for 17 members of staff in Spain, which will include Spanish lessons and information on the Spanish Education System. This training will take place during the October half term.
On returning to England, the teachers will then use their newly acquired knowledge during some lessons to embed Spanish into daily school life. Pupils at Rutherford House School already learn Spanish but this should enhance learning further by providing an opportunity to practise the language in lessons such as Music and Maths, outside of their regular Spanish lesson.
This is an excellent opportunity for the staff and pupils to develop and deepen their understanding of Spanish, its culture and traditions.