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NCGE Hosting two TCA thematic seminars

NCGE Hosting two TCA thematic seminars

NCGE is hosting two Erasmus+ funded Transnational Cooperation Activity (TCA) thematic seminars on behalf of Léargas, the National Agency, promoting the developm​ent of evidence based practice in guidance services in schools. 

The first of these is taking place on Thursday 7th and Friday 8th of September 2017 and thirteen countries have registered representatives to attend (strict eligibility criteria applied).

Participants registered include: policy makers (and support agencies),trainers, researchers, along with managers and practitioners who have a role in leading, managing, supporting and/or delivering guidance services in schools.

The aim of these seminars is to develop a transnational resource which will facilitate Member States in developing evidence based guidance practice and promote the use of ICT in contributing to the development of school guidance quality assured practices.

The further development of the transnational resource will be informed by good practice. 

It is envisaged that the resource will:

• identify data gathering tools and methodologies – including online tools
• present a set of questions relating to data gathering on inputs (funding, resources and staffing), process (guidance counselling activities) and outputs (student outcomes such as career management skills/competences), Leading to the creation of a question bank
• present a framework (online) for the data to be collected

As a number of Member States are exploring the development of tools for data gathering on guidance in schools, or have already developed some resources in this area, it is envisaged that the transnational thematic seminars will provide the opportunity for peer learning through:

• the exchange of information on practice
• the reflection on current practice/approaches – what works well, what does not work so well

The thematic seminars will build on and follow on from the work of the ELGPN in relation to the Quality Assurance and Evidence-Base Framework and Designing and Implementing Policies Related to Career Management Skills (www.elgpn.eu/publications). 

The seminars will also provide opportunities for linking in with career management skills/competence frameworks developed and implemented in a number of EU member states.  NCGE has recently developed 'NCGE a Whole School Guidance Framework' for Schools. This will be distributed to all participants.


What is TCA ?

Transnational Cooperation Activities (TCA) encompasses a range of events, seminars and workshops, which enable Erasmus+ National Agencies (NAs) to collaborate and share best practice across Europe. The overall aim of the activities is to improve the quality and impact of the Erasmus+ programme at a systemic level. When planning a TCA, National Agencies refer to the objectives set out in strategic documents such as Europe 2020 and the EU Youth Strategy.

Who is TCA for ?

TCA is mainly directed at youth and education and training stakeholders, including:

• individuals and organisations active in the field of youth;
• vocational education and training (VET) and adult education providers;
• public bodies at local, regional or national level responsible for education or youth policy.

Representatives from other sectors involved in Erasmus+, such as Schools and Higher Education, are sought where they can share good practice and take a collaborative approach with the targeted sectors.

What opportunities are available in TCA ?

TCA includes a wide range of activities such as workshops, training courses, seminars and partnership building activities on themes relevant to Erasmus+, including:

• tools to improve the recognition of skills and competences, including those acquired through informal and non-formal learning;
• inclusion, cultural diversity and intercultural competences;
• European active citizenship and widening participation;
• employability and social entrepreneurship.

Taking part in TCA means you can:

• create and/or extend contacts and cooperation with organisations coming from similar or different fields across the UK and Europe;
• gain knowledge and practical skills on Erasmus+ and access support on project ideas;
• disseminate your projects’ results at European level.

Who organises TCA events ?

TCA events are organised and hosted by Erasmus+ National Agencies in Programme Countries. Some youth TCA activities are organised by the SALTO (Support, Advanced Learning and Training Opportunities) Network, the European group of eight regional Resource Centres working on the European priority areas in the youth field.