Project Management What makes a successful project Planning Communication The Project Plan Reporting
Project Management Agreeing the focus for the project Planning the project Agreeing communication strategies Managing your team Monitoring and evaluating Reporting and disseminating results
Joint - bilateral or trilateral Mutually beneficial Shared outcomes Shared programme of activities Clear, realistic, achievable aims Embedded in the curriculum What makes a successful project?
Continuous evaluation Support from senior management A devoted team Flexibility What makes a successful project?
Planning - things to talk about now Aims for the link Strengths of the schools Who will be involved? Methods of communication Areas of the curriculum Timing Roles and responsibilities Contingency
Communication What means of communication are available? How useful are each of these? What agreements and rules will we make?
The Project Plan Template Evidence that the plan has been prepared jointly Clear aims, objectives and milestones Clear links to the curriculum in both countries A sense of progression Balanced budget
Project Plans & Reporting Project Plan (beginning Year 1, Year 2) End of Year Report (end Year 1, Year 2)
Project Plan for 1 st year Submit to British Council for approval Work on project Submit End of Year report Project Plan for 2 nd year The process
Project Timeline Year 1 (2009 – March 2010) Contact seminar pre-departure briefing Contact seminar, Mexico City Planning and submission of Project Plans Starting curriculum related joint project activities Year 2 (April 2010 – March 2011) Receive Cluster Coordination grant Receive Cluster Schools grant Joint curriculum projects Submit Annual report and 2nd Project Plan Professional development opportunity (i.e. International Coordinators Course) Year 3 (April 2011 – March 2012) Receive Cluster Coordination grant Receive Cluster Schools grant Other activities to be confirmed Submit Annual report and 2nd Project Plan
Project Plan Template Joint plan – all schools must agree, one plan per cluster Evidence that the plan has been prepared jointly Clear aims, objectives and milestones Clear links to the curriculum in both countries A sense of progression – not just series of getting to know you activities Completing the Project Plan Start discussing ideas at Contact Seminar, first draft Discuss with colleagues in your schools Agree any changes and finalise plan One school submits the Plan – agree who! The Project Plan
Grants April 2010UKLAC Cluster Coordination£1,000£1,000 Schools£2,500£2,500 April 2011 Cluster Coordination£1,000£1,000 Schools£2,500£2,500 Eligible expenditure detailed in Grant Agreements Retain receipts Exceptions must be agreed in advance with British Council
Eligible expenditure of Cluster Coordination Grant (£1,000) Transport, room hire etc for cluster meetings or other cluster activities Ad hoc costs incurred if partner schools visit
Eligible expenditure of Cluster Schools Grant (£2,500) Activity submitted and approved in the Project Plan Materials (including software where essential), Communications Travel and subsistence Hardware for communication (e.g. Skype headsets, SIM cards) All five schools in the cluster will be responsible for utilising and sharing the grant the money in accordance with the project plan.
Project Plans & Reporting Draft project plans during Contact Seminar Take back to your schools for final agreement Submit 2 copies of one agreed form to the British Council by January 2010 End of Year report in December 2010 Updated School evaluation form