This toolkit is dedicated to all of the collaborators who contributed to its creation.  It is from the endeavours of each of the 28 staff and over 150 students who have patiently participated in this endeavour over the last three years that the contents of this toolkit have come to fruition. Whether it is the nervous Year 10 student wondering why their usual teacher has been replaced by someone speaking English and saying they’re from a different country, or the intrepid teacher partnering with a colleague from across the continent to deliver a workshop to a group of students from different schools in different countries, this toolkit exists because of your willingness to participate and to experiment.  Thank you.

By extension, we thank those teachers in our schools who allowed us to observe their lessons to understand teaching and learning in each of our five schools’ contexts.  Thank you for letting us join you to see the wonderful range of approaches that you take to support your students’ success.

We thank our five schools’ leadership teams for supporting us to undertake this ambitions research project, and for covering our duties when we were out of school.

Our partners have been fundamental to the completion of this project.  Whether large institution or individual practitioner, your collaboration has helped us to remove the barriers that can exist between formal and non-formal educators.  Thank you for being a vital part of this endeavour.

This toolkit would not exist were it not for the confidence shown in us by the European Commission, Erasmus+, British Council and our four partner national agencies.  We are hugely grateful for the funding you have granted, and the support you have provided before, during and after the project.

As you will see throughout the toolkit, we have referenced a number of ideas, people and organisations, each of which has provided inspiration during our research journey.  Thank you for stimulating our thinking.

We also acknowledge those of you who will become our future collaborators as you read, review and draw on the contents of our toolkit in classrooms and cultural organisations across Europe and beyond.


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