ERASMUS POLICY STATEMENT
1.- OUR SCHOOL
I.E.S. «Los Cerros»( http://loscerros.org/ ) is a bilingual school with more than fifteen hundred students and one thousand, five hundred students and one hundred and eighteen teachers. It offers Compulsory Secondary Education (E.S.O.), Bachillerato, and Vocational Training (VET). In Vocational Training, it has a Specific Basic Vocational Training Programmes for students with Special Educational Needs, a Basic Vocational Training programme, six Intermediate Level Training Cycles and seven Higher Level Training Cycles from six different professional families. These courses are offered in the modalities of classroom-based, blended, dual and bilingual education and adult education. Our school offers learning English as second language and French and Chinese as third languages, too.
This is the link to our website for our offer in Vocational Training http://loscerros.org/oferta-de-ciclos-formativos-grado-medio-superior/
In last eight years, led by the management team, we have been working on a comprehensive modernisation and internationalisation plan, as a way of improving the quality of training at all educational stages in our centre, through different programmes that are incorporated year after year. This means a transformation of our educational offer with innovative proposals at all levels, which has given a strong international, European and modern character to our teaching model and which is transforming the reality of our centre, becoming a model to be followed by other centres and a reference for good educational practices.
Our international vocation is evident in the European projects in which we have participated and their diversity (KA101, KA102, KA103, KA202, KA219 and KA229). The long-term mobilities of our students with France and Finland, the quality label as eTwinning school, the number of teachers from all over Europe who apply, year after year, to carry out job shadowing and teaching programmes with us and the exchanges we have been organising continuously with Germany (3rd course of CSE), France (4th course of CSE) and China (1st course of Bachillerato). Thanks to this path of innovation and internationalization, we have been granted the International Baccalaureate Program (IB), which means we will be the only school in the province of Jaén teaching this kind of programme.
I.E.S. Los Cerros fulfils the objective of non-discrimination and is committed to promoting equality between sexes, cultures and religions. It will promote the defence of human rights and democracy, and the fight against any form of racism and xenophobia.
2.- MODERNISATION AND INTERNATIONALISATION OF OUR CENTRE
With the experience we already have, the renewal of the ECHE charter allows us to continue to modernize our school and to increase its international vocation. We want our school to be a school with more modern management, a more attractive educational offer, a better trained teaching staff and more competent students. In general, we want to be an educational community with a greater European awareness, with a greater sensitivity to environmental problems and reinforced in values such as tolerance, respect and equality.
- To improve the quality and relevance of Higher Education by becoming an active part of the European Higher Education Area.
- To offer the largest possible number of students, internships and studies in the European Union. We want to favour their labour insertion and entrepreneurial attitude thanks to the improvement of their professional and linguistic competences and the knowledge of the working world outside our frontiers.
- To host students and teachers, both for studies and for internships. We want to share our knowledge and nourish ourselves with the knowledge of other colleagues by creating synergies that modernise and internationalise our school.
- To facilitate the permanent learning of our teaching staff through the mobilities for practices and teaching. We want to have a more international vision of education and experiment with new teaching-learning methodologies, ICT tools, etc.
- To increase cross-border cooperation and our network of European contacts.
- To improve the projection and local and international recognition of our centre.
- To promote knowledge of other European cultures, European awareness and sensitivity to environmental issues.
- Promote equity, tolerance and inclusion by facilitating access for participants from disadvantaged backgrounds and with fewer opportunities.
- To promote and improve certification tools that validate and add value to European experiences.
- To digitize the management of mobilities by reducing paper consumption in order to progress in the modernization of the centre and make it more sustainable. Since 2016 we are an Eco-School, which allows us to establish common lines of action for the whole centre on these aspects
- Improvement of the organization, management and financing of the centre.
- Making the knowledge triangle work: linking higher education, research and business to foster excellence and regional development.
3.- STRATEGY FOR THE ORGANIZATION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF OUR EUROPEAN PROJECTS.
- As an institution, we will help our students and teachers to manage visas, insurance, select companies and centres that offer quality internships and studies. We will also offer students and teachers from other European countries the possibility of carrying out internships, studies or job shadowing with us.
- We will establish alliances with institutions that have similar education, with which we will organize international cooperation projects with the aim of exchanging working methods, lines of research and opening new channels of communication via the Internet.
- The participants of incoming mobilities will be advised by the program coordinator and their teaching tutor.
- The European Projects Department, through the programme coordinator, will be responsible for the visibility and dissemination of the project, transparency in the selection processes, preferential treatment for people with fewer opportunities, monitoring of mobilities and recognition of credits.
- It will ensure that outgoing mobile participants are prepared for their activities abroad. To this end, we will be assisted by the following departments:
The English department will help us to assess and work on the linguistic competence.
The Philosophy department will help us work on the values of active citizenship and European awareness through talks, conferences, workshops, etc. We seek «success» as individuals in cross-cultural relationships, with more critical views and interest in different European contexts.
The Spanish Language Department will be in charge of the linguistic preparation of the foreign students we host. If additional linguistic support were needed, our centre would put the staff and/or foreign students in contact with academies that teach Spanish for foreigners as well as with possible meetings and linguistic exchange societies in our town..
- At the end of each course, the quality with which the European programme is being developed will be assessed. This will be the responsibility of the deputy director and coordinator of the project. For this purpose, the annual self-evaluation test of the ECHE Charter will be carried out and together with the results of the surveys that our institution will pass on to students and teachers, improvement measures will be established for the following year.