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Comenius National Priorities and Administrative Rules for the UK

National Priorities have been set for 2013 for Comenius School Partnerships, for schools applying to host Comenius Assistants and for Comenius In-Service Training.

National Administrative Rules have been set for 2013 for all strands of Comenius

Comenius School Partnerships

National Priorities 2013

Partnerships which address the theme of entrepreneurship and/or which develop students' employment skills.
Partnerships which address the theme of literacy and/or numeracy.
Partnerships involving disadvantaged and/or under-represented groups (including ethnic minorities, migrants, looked-after children, special needs students and students from socially and/or economically deprived areas), and/or involving schools from one of our priority regions, i.e. London, Eastern England, South East England, and North West England.
Applications from schools/colleges currently registered with the eTwinning programme.
Applications from schools/colleges currently registered for the UK International School Award, to at least foundation level.

Up to 3 extra points will be awarded for each of the five National Priorities. This means that UK schools fully addressing all five criteria will score a maximum of 15 extra points in the quality assessment.

National Administrative Rules 2013

A maximum of two UK schools/colleges can apply to participate in the same partnership. Any partnership with more than two UK schools/colleges included in the application will be considered ineligible.
A maximum of two partnership applications can be submitted by the same school/college. Any school /college submitting more than two applications will be asked to choose which two it wishes to proceed before any of the applications are assessed. NB: federations of schools, or very large schools which have been formed from the merger of two or more schools in the last five years, can submit up to two applications per previous separate school.
If the application is drafted in another language than English, the applicant must submit both the original application and a translation into English. If the English translation is not submitted, applicants will be given an additional two weeks to provide this, as per the UK application guidance. If such a translation is not provided within this time, the application will be rejected.

Comenius Regio Partnerships

National Administrative Rules 2013

If a local authority wishes to submit more than one new application the different applications must clearly address separate themes and must be independent of each other. Any local authority submitting more than one application without making such clear distinction will be asked by the NA to choose which application should be put forward. In case of no reply all applications will be rejected as ineligible.
Local authorities with an existing Regio Partnership can submit new applications in 2013; the new applications must however clearly address different themes from any existing partnership and must be wholly separate from it.
If the application is drafted in another language than English the applicant must submit both the original application and a translation into English. If the English translation is not submitted applicants will be given an additional two weeks to provide this as per the UK application guidance. If such a translation is not provided within this time the application will be rejected.

Comenius In-Service Training

National Priorities 2012 and 2013

Applications relating to job-shadowing.
Applications from institutions and individuals actively involved in other Comenius actions (including eTwinning).

Each of these priorities will attract up to 7.5 points each, up to a maximum combined total of 15. For more information on the scoring system for Comenius In-Service Training, please refer to application guidance on the Application Forms and Guidance page

National Administrative Rules 2012

No more than two applications will be accepted for the same course/conference/job-shadowing activity from any one institution. Any institution submitting more than two applications will be asked to choose from which two it wishes to proceed before any of the applications are assessed.

Comenius Preparatory Visits and Seminars

National Administrative Rules 2012

Schools who received a Preparatory Visit grant in 2009, 2010 or 2011 and who did not go on to submit an application for a partnership in 2010 or 2011, cannot apply for a new Preparatory Visit grant in 2012.
No more than one person in any one institution can be awarded a Preparatory Visit grant in relation to any proposed new partnership.

NB: further restrictions may be brought in during the course of 2012 depending on the budget available for Preparatory Visit grants.

Comenius Assistants (Host Schools)

National Priorities 2013

Schools who have not hosted a Comenius Assistant in the 2011/12 or 2012/13 academic years.
Schools who have started a Comenius School Partnership in 2012, or who are applying to do so in 2013.
Applications from schools from one of our priority regions (London, East of England, North West England, South East England).
Applications from schools/colleges currently registered with the eTwinning programme.
Applications from schools/colleges currently registered for the UK International School Award, to at least foundation level.

Each of these priorities will attract 3 points up to a maximum of 15 in total.

National Administrative Rules 2013

Schools/colleges cannot apply to host a Comenius Assistant from the same country for more than two consecutive years (e.g. if a school has hosted an assistant from Poland in 2011 and 2012, they cannot apply to host an assistant from Poland in 2013; any such application will be considered ineligible).

Comenius Assistants (Individuals)

There are no set National Administrative Rules for 2013.

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