English in Margate, ( PIC 946277875.) works in close partnership with Shadows Professional Development for Europe (PIC – 949086219) www.shadows.org.uk Our UK training courses for teachers are held at the school in Margate.
Shadows Professional Development is an Erasmus+ Schools specialist, with over 20 years’ experience in Comenius/Erasmus+ Course Provision, leadership and management of large scale projects (school and international), and E.U. Project assessment:
- 5 Comenius Regio projects, 2 recommended as “exemplary” and used as models in Brussels: Migrant Education, CLIL, Continuous Teacher Professional Development, Earth Charter Ecology and Learning to Learn.
- A Multilateral bid worth E290,000 (19 European partners) and 3 successful Schools Bi-Lateral Partnerships.
- Guidance of schools’ KA1 applications – more than 1.5 million Euros Erasmus + grants for 2014-2017
Examples of 2014-16 Erasmus+ school applications: Italy – 34,000 Euros won assessed at 98% UK- 86,000 Euros won assessed at 96% Italy- 26,000 Euros won assessed at 100%
Course Descriptions meet rigorous Erasmus+ requirements:
- Language Entry Levels
- Total Course Contact Hours
- Pre-Course, Intra-Course and Post-Course Modalities
- Course Content and Topics Covered
- Course Objectives
- Daily Programme & Timetable
Signed Agreements: a signed Erasmus+ Mobility Agreement and a signed Erasmus+ Quality Commitment are prepared in detail and sent with the Confirmation and Invoice – the Course Provider’s Certificate of Attendance has an original signature and fully complies with Erasmus+ regulations – the Course Provider validates the Europass Mobility the Sending School completes with Course Provider details required by Erasmus+.
Our Complete Service provides the highest training quality for the participants plus detailed support to the sending school. This attention to detail not only saves the sending school days of work, but protects the school in case of Erasmus+ inspection.
We are open from 8:45am to 5:30pm Monday to Friday and from 7:45pm to 9:45pm two or three evenings per week, except on National Holidays. During opening hours, students are welcome to use all the school facilities, which include the self-study area, the social club, the internet café and bar, and the table tennis room.
EiM is open from Tuesday 3 January to Friday 15 December, but will be closed on the following National Holidays: 14 to 17 April, 1 and 29 May, 28 August, and 18 December to 1 January 2018. The first day back for students in 2018 will be Tuesday 2 January.
On national holidays there are no classes. Students have the option of joining a teacher-led excursion (transport not included) instead of classes. Any missed individual classes will be taught on another day. When the national holiday is on a Monday, students arriving will have their induction on the Tuesday. However, the above does not apply to our Christmas Break (from 18th December to 1 January 2018), where no trips may be offered as the Centre will be fully closed.
On arrival, students receive a Welcome Pack as part of English in Margate’s Induction programme. This contains comprehensive information about the school as well as relevant details about the local area, including transport and recreational facilities. During the Induction, students are given both a written and oral test to determine their levels, followed by a tour of the school. After a mid-morning break, during which they have the chance to meet other students, they join classes at 11:30 (in summer this will be an introductory class).
After the first afternoon lesson, there is an orientation tour of Margate and an academic induction to our self-study facilities.
One of the key features of our Academic team is the degree of hands-on support offered to students from the moment they arrive until their departure. This is an ongoing process of communication with all students, including feedback questionnaires at various points during their stay. Students are also welcome to express their opinions to their classroom teacher, particularly if they have concerns over their placement and class level. In addition, fortnightly tests and a system of 1-to-1 tutorials enable us to assess and monitor the progress of all students, ensuring appropriate classroom provision.
For students who wish to add additional elements to their learning programme, our self-study centre, open weekdays from 8:45am to 9:30am, 11am to 11:30am, most of the day from 8:45am to 5:30pm and on two or three evenings from 7:45pm to 9:45pm, offers the ideal practice opportunity, with assistance from staff available whenever necessary.
With academic progress being so closely linked to a student’s personal circumstances, we have a strong system of pastoral care in place, based on care and confidentiality. During their stay, students can be sure of finding a sympathetic and helpful member of our Welfare team who will offer the appropriate advice and guidance, with the individual’s best interests in mind.