Titan Partnership Ltd
Titan specialises in offering Initial Teacher Training, Continuous Professional Development (CPD) through our Professional Learning Community (PLC), More Able, Gifted and Talented activities (MAG&T), training and support to staff and students, managing behaviour support (Alternative Provision Free School). Our teacher training programmes and school are inspected by Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education). Titan is an Apple Regional Training Centre and they are leading an MLearn project on the use of mobile technologies in the classroom. Titan Partnership manages the Gifted and Talented initiatives for both primary and secondary schools. They arrange raising aspiration activities for young people and staff training events and activities. Titan co-ordinates Communities of Practice (CoPs) that involve colleagues from a number of schools in sharing practice and developing strategies. Titan holds the ISO 9001:2008 and now the ISO 9001:2015 Quality management award.
To grow our unique cross-phase education and employer network in Birmingham, focusing on skills, employability, innovation and sustainability. Social justice will remain at the heart of everything we do as we promote inclusivity, equality of opportunity and support our young people to build the skills for success.
Our Core Commitments and Values
We are fully committed to:
- Education, learning and skills development
- Social justice, respect and fairness
- Equality and diversity of opportunity
- Collaboration, co-creation and community inclusion
- High standards and quality
We will conduct our business:
- With integrity and honesty
- In a professional, committed and friendly manner
- With agility, responsiveness and a willingness to embrace change
- In an innovative, creative and enterprising way
- With responsibility and accountability
Titan have recently celebrated their 30th Anniversary. Further information about Titan can be found atwww.titan.org.uk.
HELLO FROM THE TITAN TEAM
Chief Executive Officer
Carolyn is the Chief Executive of the Titan Partnership and oversees all strategic and operational activity of the organisation. Carolyn work closely with key stakeholders and employers across Birmingham developing strategic partnerships and also delivers on the Initial Teacher Training (ITT) programme.
Funded Projects Manager
Brian manages all externally funded projects including those funded by the EU and delivered by Titan in partnership with its members and partners across Europe. He is also responsible for seeking out opportunities to fund additional activities and training for members which enhance best practice and enrich the learning experiences of young people.
Operations Manager & Finance Officer
Shazia is responsible for managing Titan’s day-to-day business operations including the finance and HR functions. Shazia provides financial support and guidance across all of Titan’s projects and is also responsible for the payroll service provided by Titan.
Galway and Roscommon Education and Training Board (GRETB)
Galway and Roscommon Education and Training Board (GRETB) will lead this project through its European project centre at Galway Technical Institute. GRETB was formed in July 2013 and comprises 20 different education centres in counties Galway and Roscommon. It has approximately 1500 staff. The institutions range from secondary schools to further education colleges and education support services including adult education. Within its community care portfolio it also comprises early childhood care and education programmes.
GTI which is the largest FE college in the West of Ireland has been actively involved in applying for and managing both LLP and Erasmus+ projects since 2008 as an individual institute and then as part of GRETB . Key staff have experience in writing European project application forms, working with EU project partners and in preparing both qualitative and quantitative reports.
GTI through its principal Geraldine Gibbons and lead European officer John McLoughlin will involve two GRETB schools in the project who best fit its rigors and expectations. These schools will give an expanse to the work which will reap dividends for the project outputs.
The two schools are:
Coláiste Bhaile Chláir, Claregalway www.claregalwaycollege.com
The school actively uses digital technologies in Teaching and Learning. Most notably there are no textbooks or e-books but rather teacher and student generate teaching and learning resources. Coláiste Bhaile Chláir is committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning and in all instances will place the student at the centre of everything.
Coláiste Bhaile Chláir in Claregalway, Galway was selected by Microsoft as a 2014-2015 Microsoft Showcase School for its excellence in transforming its learning environment to deliver more personalized education to students, using mobile and cloud technology to better prepare students for success in the workplace. The school’s Core Curriculum lies at the heart of this vision. The goal is not just to pass on knowledge, but to raise some of the most fundamental questions about human experience and meaning, and equip students to address them with intelligence, compassion, and a heightened ethical awareness. The schools Core Curriculum units emphasize critical judgment, clear expression, ethical decision-making and concern for others, as individuals and as a community. They also provide a common learning experience for students at CBC. Together, students address the same topics and tackle the same problems, bringing their own views and experience to complex ideas and contemporary social issues.
Their advanced teaching methodologies and range of support to students make them an ideal partner for this project.
Coláiste na Coiribe, http://www.colaistenacoiribe.
This is an Irish speaking school with 330 students.
It has significant experience dealing with those most able and has some of the highest achievers in leaving certificate subjects in the country.
The Mission statement of the college is: “Coláiste na Coiribe will provide a high standard of education through the medium of Irish, promoting Irish culture. Our aim is to promote all aspects of a student’s development: spiritual, moral, intellectual, physical, aesthetic, and emotional.” Coláiste na Coiribe recognises the need for a comprehensive curriculum which ensures the complete development of all students. The curriculum is designed to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing society in the West of Ireland. The educational programme of the school is comprised of: Junior Certificate, Transition Year, Leaving Certificate and the LCVP.
Each student’s academic progress is carefully monitored and evaluated. Written reports are sent home 4 times per academic year. Evening Study is supervised by a teacher. Staff interventions are commonplace. Coláiste na Coiribe students have consistently outperformed their counterparts in English medium schools in state examinations.
Leaving Certification Vocational Programme (LCVP). The primary goal of the LCVP is to prepare young people for adult life by ensuring that they are educated in the broadest sense, with an ability to cope and thrive in an environment of rapid change. Participants in the programme/subject are encouraged to develop skills and competencies fundamental to both academic and vocational success.
This programme gives the student opportunities and skills that can be used with other subjects and outside school. Skills such as organisation, research and communication are improved. a tool which may be off use in other settings with the most able learners. It is from its programme of identification and interventions with students such as the LCVP that the college will contribute to the Eureka project.
Both GRETB schools have much to offer the project in relation to their expertise, practice and staff.
Krajská pedagogicko-psychologická poradna a Zařízení pro další vzdělávání pedagogických pracovníků Zlín (KPPP) is a school guidance facility which delivers counselling and guidance concerning education and development of children´s potential (including careers counselling) to children and their parents. KPPP carries out a wide range of tasks not only in the diagnosis of educational needs, but also in providing supporting pedagogical-psychological and special pedagogical services during the educational process and in career guidance. The educational and psychological counselling determines the extent to which pupils are educationally and psychologically prepared for school, identifies the special educational needs of pupils in schools, provides guidance services for pupils with a high risk of school failure or of problems in their personal and social development, identifies talent and giftedness, provides advice and guidance and methodological support and consultation for schools relating to exceptionally gifted pupils, and ensures the prevention of socially pathological phenomena in schools.
KPPP Zlín are also a guidance and training centre for teachers and have a long experience in creating of in-service training programmes for teachers and other staff.
KPPP are ideal partners for developing a training programme for multidisciplinary staff including teachers on the identification of most able learners and for contributing to other aspects of the project. The reputation of their director Miroslav Orel brings great kudos to the project. Not only are they at the forefront of this work in the Zlin region but across the Czech Republic and with European partners. Their links with schools, universities and other education establishments and professions and the multidisciplinary nature of their own work will result in the Eureka projects work being powerful and pertinent across disciplines and national boundaries.
HELLO FROM KPPP TEAM
Miroslav Orel, MD, Ph.D.
Director of KPPP
KPPP´s Project Manager of EUREKA project
After graduating with a Doctor of Medicine from Palacký University in Olomouc, he studied Psychology at the same place. In the past he worked as a doctor of medicine, psychologist, psychotherapist, teacher and a lecturer at the Palacký University. He completed a psychotherapist training and a supervisor preparation.Miroslav is director of Regional Pedagogical and Psychological Counselling Centre (KPPP) and also lecturer at the Palacký University in Olomouc, Faculty of Pedagogy. In 2014 -2016 he led Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership project aimed at able, gifted and talented children “Talented Children”.
Martina manages EU funded educational projects delivered by Zlínský kraj (regional governing body to schools and counselling centres) with its partners in the EU. In EUREKA project she is responsible for the project progress monitoring, cooperation and communication with partners, coordination of project activities, resources, equipment and information.
Birmingham City University
The BCU School of Education is delivering initial teacher training (ITT), education, childhood and youth courses in Birmingham. It offers high quality courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate degree level that are tailored to meet the needs of the professions and in addition is currently participating in a European project, E-Step looking at supporting teachers’ and parents’ partnerships through social-networking technologies.
The School of Education has a strong partnership with more than 900 primary schools and over 200 secondary schools across the West Midlands. It helps ensure that trainee teachers can gain valuable experience in a culturally-diverse region. The School works with Teaching Schools and School Alliances in the delivery of the School Direct programme and it is the West Midland’s regional provider for the pioneering education charity, Teach First.
BCU is well placed to develop a course to enhance teachers and other professionals in their work with Most Able students. They have staff who have experience in training from early years to secondary. They will involve staff who have experience in shaping the content of teacher training as well as delivering it.
They have been involved as a Titan member in Talented Children transnational meetings. They are well placed to create a programme which will recognise the European dimension to this work. They will involve best practice from a range of the schools they work with particularly at the secondary level. They are well placed to also contribute to all other aspects of the project through their highly experienced staff team in the School of Education.
Ellinogermaniki Agogi (EA) is an officially recognized state educational organization. It is an institutional member of EDEN (European Distance Education Network), of STEDE (Science Teacher Education Development in Europe) network and of ECSITE (European Network of Science Centres and Museums) network. EA was the first Greek educational organization to apply ODL in secondary level education in the year of 1993. It is now a multi-unit educational institution comprising 2200 students, 235 teaching staff and 330 administration staff which has evolved from a small rented building which educated 33 students in 1961. Since 2006-07 the school has delivered its Nursery and Kindergarten School, Primary School, Junior and Senior High School from the one site. Ellinogermaniki Agogi is a modern educational institutions. Through the use of the most up-to-date facilities, an enriched curriculum, experienced and skilled teaching staff and, most importantly, through consistency on principles and respect towards pupils and parents, the school is providing a multifaceted education to students. It is skilled at embracing , providing support to and educating all its students to make a significant contribution to society.
Since 1995, the organization has established a devoted department, the Research and Development (R&D) Department for the design, development and implementation of the research activities in education, expanding collaboration with Universities and pedagogical Institutions across Europe, as it provides the best test bed for research applications. The data prove that the work of the R&D facilitates a shift in pedagogical practice among the staff, enabled by pervasive access to ICT throughout the school. The work of the R&D Department which currently employs 20 full time researchers (8 PhD level, 12 MSc) focuses on the following areas: a) the development of methodologies and empirical research to investigate processes of learning and knowledge acquisition in various subject matter areas (physics, mathematics, biology, history, etc); b) the collaboration with computer science departments and artificial intelligence labs for the development of computational models and AI learning systems; c) the collaboration with Universities and private companies for the development and testing of educational software; and d) the design of technology supported learning environments. Under this approach, EA has taken up the challenge to embed pedagogical practice that effectively uses a range of ICTs in every classroom, as well as driving up student academic outcomes across the school. The emphasis of EA is to enhance teacher creativity, supporting staff through targeted professional development and opportunities.
It is the R&D department within EA who will lead on the Eureka Project for the school, involving teachers and organising and leading activities within the school. They are well placed to do this work with their experience and particularly their success in developing and influencing the nature of teaching in the classroom and pedagogical practice.
HELLO FROM THE EA TEAM
A background in Linguistics and Philosophy of Science and a long interest in open access (OERs), responsible research & innovation (RRI), technology-enhanced education, democracy, inclusion and school change. He has been involved in the implementation and research of community building initiatives in education, in the framework of large-scale Horizon 2020 & Erasmus+ projects. A member of the Ellinogermaniki Agogi’s R&D Department.