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Are you interested in a new International Job Shadowing Experience? Read on....



On 19 December 2019 British Council announced  there is the unexpected opportunity once for BCPP to apply via the Erasmus+ UK National Agency for School Education Staff Mobility (Key Action 101) international job shadowing funding. The application deadline is 5 February 2020 at 11 am (UK time) so timescales as you can see are very, very tight. We therefore are calling for expressions of interest from schools for inclusion in this project.


Although BCPP undertakes the majority of the bid writing, for school’s expressing an interest this means giving an undertaking to promptly return any documentation BCPP is unable to complete on their behalf; for example school specific information or signatures. This undertaking is vitally important given the very tight timescales we are working to. If the bid is successful then approval is expected by June 2020 with the job shadowing opportunities timetabled between September 2020 and June 2022.


Again given the tight timescales we are planning to once again to utilise partnerships we have developed with colleagues in Eskilstuna and Västerås in Sweden. We hope this will be a reciprocal programme involving Swedish colleagues visiting Birmingham at some stage during that period. The duration of the visit is five working days, with Erasmus funding meeting all costs associated with the project (with the exception teacher release or cover).


The job shadowing opportunities on offer fall into three broad categories:


  1. Newly or recently appointed Headteachers – helping provide a global international perspective on teaching, learning and pedagogy at an early stage in your career – newly or recently appointed we would consider as within three years of your first appointment.


  1. Headteacher Job shadowing opportunities – enriching a global international perspective on teaching, learning and pedagogy


  1. Senior leaders or Curriculum leaders of learning or teachers with a keen interest in teaching and learning – In Sweden they have a system call “first teachers” who lead the development of pedagogy (often in a group of schools) so this job shadowing opportunity would provide an insight into how leaders of learning work and are developed


Schools are welcome to nominate more than one colleague in more than one area and those with prior international experience are very welcome to once again put themselves forward to perhaps visit schools in another authority. The number of visits from Birmingham to Sweden is dependent on the number colleagues within schools expressing an interest and the bid being successful. We envisage that there would normally be only one person out of school per visit to ease the burden on schools


At this point we are simply asking for expressions of interest. The final number we are able to accommodate obviously depends on the funding we are allocated and Eskilstuna and Västerås’s capacity to match our demand. To indicate initial interest in this opportunity please fill in and return the attached form either by email to: