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Supporting the language(s) of schooling 
The ROADMAP - a web-based, user-friendly and customised self-assessment tool to foster school development

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Supporting students to master the language(s) of schooling is key for their successful learning. The team offers activities to help participants understand the various dimensions connected to the language development of all students, assess the situation and initiate a change process that can be adapted to the national context. 

A roadmap for schools to support the language(s) of schooling


Target groups

  • school teams
  • head teachers
  • policy makers
  • teacher trainers or 
  • interdisciplinary groups

The ROADMAP highlights the importance of the whole-school approach so it might be valuable to build an interdisciplinary target group with participants having different profiles.

Results and benefits

  • Getting familiar with the whole-school approach in order to know how to engage all the stakeholders involved in the school’s development
  • Raising awareness of the language dimension in all subjects in order to foster the language(s) of schooling
  • Getting to know other ECML projects by exploring some of their promising practices relevant to the fostering of the language(s) of schooling
  • Developing the knowledge and skills needed to set up and manage the ROADMAP tool
  • Reflecting on how to build a school development plan according to the results of the ROADMAP tool

Training and consultancy offer

Trainings can be conducted in English, French or German.

This offer is targeted at school teams, head teachers, policy makers, teacher trainers or interdisciplinary groups.

Format of activity 

Training: Suitable for school teams. Helping teams implement the Roadmap in their school and use the results to set up a customized language strategy focusing on the language(s) of schooling. 

Workshop: Suitable for head teachers, policy-makers or interdisciplinary groups. Understanding how to set up a whole-school approach to the language(s) of schooling and getting familiar with the Roadmap in order to be able to implement it in the future.

Management and process consulting: Suitable for policy makers or governing educational boards who wish to set up a whole-school approach to the language(s) of schooling on a larger scale (e.g. a school district, a region or at national level). The team will guide policy makers to spread usage of the roadmap and empower schools. 

Train the trainer: Suitable for in-service teacher trainers working with teachers to raise awareness of the language dimension in all subjects.

How the activity can be adapted and tailored to specific contexts and needs

The whole-school approach of the Roadmap can be used both in digital and paper form. Thanks to the relevant supporting material at hand, schools can self-assess the way language is developed and can get inspired by promising practices from across Europe.
The training activities and consultancy can be conducted in English, French or German and can be partially held in Bosnian, Croatian, Dutch, Finnish, Serbian, Spanish or Swedish. 

Expected cooperation from local organisers requesting this offer

Member states should provide a short description of the situation related to the language(s) of schooling in their national context, explain why the topic is a national priority and outline the expectations they have about the activity. Their collaboration with the team will enable tailor-made activities to be set up.

see also: Practical information

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