Outgoing International Visits

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Study Visits offer an opportunity to exchange experiences and expertise on education policy and practices across Europe.

Since 2007, a number of SRC staff have taken part in visits to other European countries for periods of up to five days. To find out more about some of the Transversal Projects SRC have been involved in please select from below.

Improving the Quality of Teaching and Learning

Two staff from the School of Early Years and Healthcare carried out a job shadowing & observation period organised by EU partner UNISER from 13-14 June 2018, Italy. This mobility has been organised to include best practice observation and the objectives of the mobility were to gain work shadow experience through visiting Childcare settings/ placement settings in Bologna and Florence and also the Loris Malaguzzi International Centre Reggio.

The overall objective of this mobility is to improve the quality of teaching and learning across SRC and the development of Early Years and Healthcare.

Job Shadowing and Observation

Two staff from the School of Early Years and Healthcare carried out a job shadowing & observation period organised by EU partner UNISER from 13-14 June 2018, Italy. This mobility has been organised to include best practice observation and the objectives of the mobility were to gain work shadow experience through visiting Childcare settings/ placement settings in Bologna and Florence and also the Loris Malaguzzi International Centre Reggio.

The overall objective of this mobility is to improve the quality of teaching and learning across SRC and the development of Early Years and Healthcare.

Network of Networks

The Network of Networks (NoN held October 2018) is an informal alliance of regional and national groupings of colleges from N. Ireland, Scotland, Finland, Spain, the Netherlands and Slovenia providing professional, technical and vocational education in the skills that the current and future workforce require.

The common aim of the NoN is to offer an international dimension to the education of our students and the development of our staff. Partners in the NoN share and exchange experience and cooperate with each other to develop meaningful and sustainable relationships.
Annual face-to-face meetings serve as a practical platform at which views on European and international developments may be shared and translated into practical collaborative projects and initiatives. Network of Network meetings have already taken place in Finland, Bilbao, Spain and Glasgow, Scotland. The next upcoming meeting is scheduled to be in Northern Ireland in October 2019.

Community & External Funding Team and Early Years & Health Care - Granada

A group of 7 SRC staff from the Community Development, Health & Early Years and the International Affairs teams recently visited a Spanish partner in Granada, Spain. The group visited Docete Omnes Foundation, a non-governmental organisation which works in the education and care sectors to serve people with learning disabilities for the development of daily life. The visit to this residence was to explore the possibility of sending Health & Early Years SRC students to Granada to carry out 3 months’ work placement in one of the partner’s residences for young people and adults with learning disabilities. The group had the opportunity to visit a private college in Granada, C.E.J College which runs degree programmes and are interested in collaborating with SRC on future opportunities.

Improving Quality Management Systems at Educational Centres

Jill Magennis attended a study visit to Sanliurfa in South Eastern Turkey. There were 12 educational representatives from a range of countries across Europe including Portugal, Spain, Finland, Norway, Austria, Italy, Hungary and Germany.

The team was made up of lecturers, principles, school advisors and inspectors. The programme involved sharing of good practice in achieving and maintaining high levels of quality in education. This gave Jill the opportunity to share procedures from N.Ireland and learn from other regions.

The host team who lead Total Quality Management (TQM) for the Provincial Directorate of National Education across the region led lectures and workshops in defining quality, strategic planning, the inspection process and TQM. Jill learnt that TQM allows schools to be proud of their achievements and show levels of quality for a range of stakeholders.

The visit involved field visits to educational settings including a preschool, primary school, secondary school and a vocational college. Each of these schools has been awarded quality achievements and dedication to improved quality was evident to all of the team. The school improvement team in each setting delivered a presentation and this was followed by discussion surrounding quality assurance and management. In the preschool the children welcomed the European team with music, dancing and a drama; the children were proud to share their learning experiences with us. Overall, the visit highlighted the excellent provision and practices in place both at home and across Europe and links have been made for future projects.

Sustainability in Education - From Curriculum to Reality

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Sean McNally has travelled to Zagreb, Croatia to look at successful collaboration between different actors in education – civil society, schools and education authorities in prioritising sustainability in education.

Fiona Breen will be looking at The EU '20-20-20' energy strategy which demands big changes in terms of production, supply and storage of energy as well as in handicraft, engineering, architectural and urban planning processes in Berlin, Germany.

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

A lecturer from the School of Hospitality and Tourism, Shirley Walker, was awarded a place on one of the last of the ECORYS Transversal Study Visit Programmes. The visit took place in Malta to study 'Strengthening and Encouraging VET: Malta as a case study.'

Whilst there, the group which included participants from 9 European countries, were invited to the launch event for ERASMUS + hosted by the European Minister for Education and Employment.

Malta has a similar education system to Northern Ireland and also struggles with related issues of youth unemployment and an under-skilled population. The study programme was particularly relevant as it was related to Vocational and Educational Training and the challenges of transforming education systems to incorporate vocational training through secondary education and post compulsory education.

Visits were made to the Institute of Tourism Studies, Malta College of Arts Science and Technology, Lufthansa Technik and The Employment Training Centre. The aim now is to develop opportunities for placement students on BTEC Travel & Tourism programmes to the beautiful island of Malta.