KA2 Strategic Partnerships Application advice – What the Assessor is looking for

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  • KA2 Strategic Partnerships

    Application advice What the Assessor is looking for

  • Key Action 2 for schoolsKey Action 2 Strategic Partnerships = School Partnerships between 2 to 10 schoolsThey can last 2 or 3 yearsCan focus on one specific field of education i.e. school education orCan promote cross-sectoral cooperation i.e. involve more than one field of educationGrant is not a lump sum for mobilities cf. Comenius but a mix of flat rates ( called unit costs) and real costs

  • Selection and grant agreementsOne application per project, assessed by coordinating National AgencySchool to school only SPs = individual Grant Agreements as per current Comenius partnershipsIf schools partner with other organisations the applicant organisation holds the grant agreement with their National Agency and hence the funds and budget for the whole partnership

  • What happens when you apply?

    a formal check is made to verify against the eligibility and exclusion criteria a quality assessment evaluates how well the participating organisations meet the selection criteria and the project meets the award criteriaNotification of result of application is within 4 months of the submission deadline

  • Quality Assessment / Award Criteria

    Each application is marked out of 100Relevance of the project (30)Quality of the project design and implementation (20)Quality of the project team and the cooperation arrangements (20)Impact and dissemination (30)A project must score at least 60 to be considered, AND score at least 50% in each category

  • School prioritiesImproving the attainment of young people, particularly those at risk of early school leaving (ESL)Improving the attainment of young people with low basic skills in Maths, Science and LiteracyDeveloping high quality and accessible Early Childhood Education and Care services (ECEC)Revising and strengthening the professional profile of the teaching professions

  • Education and training prioritiesdeveloping basic and transversal skills, such as entrepreneurship, digital skills and multilingualismenhancing Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) uptake in teaching and learningpromoting stronger coherence between different EU and national transparency and recognition toolssupporting the adjustment of funding and investment in education and training to new needs and the development of improved funding approaches for skills development

  • The proportionality principle There will be a fair and standard marking of applications, no matter their size or scopeThe assessor will consider the size of the project and the experience of the school when assigning marks, and will adjust expectations accordinglyin practice this will mean that you are not disadvantaged by applying for a small project the definition of very good will be different coherence of the grant request in relation to the activities and outputs proposed will be checked

  • Relevance of the project 30 pointsThe assessor needs to see that the project :

    matches the aims of Erasmus+, and the priorities for schools is based on a genuine and adequate needs analysis; has clearly defined objectives which are realistic and address issues relevant to the schools , their staff and pupilsis innovative and/or complementary to other initiatives already carried out by the schools only has value and produces results because it is carried out with other international partners

  • Quality of the project design & implementation 20 points

    The work programme should be clear, complete and of good qualityIt must include appropriate phases for preparation, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and dissemination. The project objectives and proposed activities must be consistent. It must be cost-effective and allocate appropriate resources to each activity. Where there are plans for training, teaching or learning activities, they must be appropriate to the aims and involve the appropriate number of participants. Learning outcomes should be clearly assessed and validated.

  • Quality of the project team & cooperation arrangements 20 pointsThe schools involved bring the right mix of experience and expertise to successfully deliver all aspects of the project. All partners are active contributors and tasks/responsibilties are clearly assigned. Where possible newcomers are involved. It is clear what the channels of communication are for schools to coordinate the project.If a Partner Country is involved you must explain the necessity for their inclusion, if not the project will be rejected.

  • Impact and dissemination 30 pointsThe Assessor will consider how the potential impact of the project is measured :on participants and schools, during and after the project lifetimeat local, regional, national and/or European levels. In addition:The quality of the dissemination planThe plans for ensuring the sustainability of the project after the project finishes.If relevant, how the outcomes are made freely available. (opensource)

  • Applying

    Before anything else.

    Remember your PIC!

    Start at http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/work/onlineservices/pador/register_en.htm

  • The application eform

    Completed on-line only (no paper)Youll need the most up-to-date version of Adobe ReaderTo submit and complete in full, you will need to be connected to the internetIt must be saved to your desktop before startingThere have been some reports of corruption when using a USB stick with a .pdf application, so that should be avoided

  • It should look like this

  • Basic form infoGrey is automatic you cant enter infoRed outline is mandatoryBlue with black outline is optionalCombination of drop-down menus and free text boxesHover over boxes to find character maximumsSection-by-section guidance online

  • BudgetMenu of different cost itemsMost payments conditional on justification in applicationUnit costs i.e. flat ratesCeilings2 cost items are common to any project:

    Project management and implementationTransnational project meetings

  • Application processOnce youve completed the form, you should:

    ValidatePrint declarationHave it signedAttach the declarationAttach the time table of activities (Gantt chart)Submit the application online

  • E-TwinningGreat opportunity to find partner schoolsProtected space to share ideasImproved version coming soon

  • Finding out more

    www.erasmusplus.org.uk For application guidance, forms, deadlines, the programme guide, Links and guidance for ECAS and PIC,and everything to do with Erasmus+,including more linkserasmusplus.enquiries@britishcouncil.org0161 957 7755

  • Questions?

    *Welcome and intros

    Strategic partnerships are a new project type building on elements of the past. They bring together the features of both LLP and YiA to provide an integrated solution. Theyre cultural a shift from Comenius School Partnerships.

    A summary of the featuresup to a maximum of ten partner organisations from funded programme countries can be involved per SP (and more if including partner countries but funding changes)

    We should stress key message is that mobility should add real value to projects. Strategic partnerships should go further than just supporting mobility.

    *Coordinating NA is the NA in the country of the lead/coordinator school

    The reason for individual grant agreements is because 70% of current decentralised budget for schools goes to school partnerships. It is the main action for schools. Most of the schools would not be capable of managing partnerships with large grants. Imagine trying to manage of budget of 300, 000 EUR!

    *The eligibility check covers like KA1, for example, duration of project, deadline for submission, participating organisations etcAll UK schools are eligible as participating organisations that is, institutions providing general, vocational, or technical education at any level from pre-school to upper secondary education. Participating organisations must be based and registered in their programme country.

    The exclusion criteria relates to EU Financial Regulations where applicants can be excluded from participating e.g. if they are bankrupt etc

    Through the selection criteria, the applicant's financial and operational capacity is checkedcapacity to complete the proposed project.

    Financial capacity as in KA2 . This doesnt apply to public bodies i.e. schools.

    Organisational capacity is where an organisations past history in the EU programmes can be checked, for example, where the results of previous monitoring or audits by the National Agency have revealed concerns in how well an organisation can manage a project. Finally, through the award criteria, the quality of the proposed project is evaluated.

    You will hear the outcome of you application within 4 months of the submission deadline.

    *Full criteria breakdown on page 99-100 of programme guide

    As with KA1, its important to think about what the assessors will be looking for when assessing your application and therefore how you write it.

    So it must score 15, 10, 10 and 15. Remember criteria scored below I/2 and whole project is scored weak and rejected. Not to frighten you but just to keep in mind!There are 4 award criteria. 2 attract more points and hence more emphasis on them required. Relevance and Impact

    1. Relevance: policy; needs; objectives; synergies between fields (if relevant); innovative or complementary to a previous project; for example it will produce something significantly new in terms of learning opportunities, skills developmentAND/OR: if the application is based on a previous project, it demonstrates significant added value compared to