Train the Trainers Meeting & 3rd Transnational meeting for the HOPEs Project in Cyprus

The Train the Trainers meeting for the HOPEs Erasmus+ project, which centres around the development of a curriculum geared towards the promotion for happiness, optimism and wellbeing of children within the school environment,  was held in the Cyprus Pedagogical Institute (CPI) in Nicosia, Cyprus between Monday, September 18th & Friday, September 22nd.

This meeting  provided the opportunity for a representative from each partner within  the consortium (Cyprus Pedagogical Institute, Institute of Development from Cyprus, GrantXpert Consulting Ltd. of Cyprus, ICEP Europe of Ireland, Panteion University Greece, Malta University and ISPA of Portugal) to present the materials developed by their organisation to the HOPEs team. The training period was hub of productive discussion and fun amongst the partners, and resulted in the provision of valuable feedback for the refinement and revision of the project materials.

Following the Train the Trainers week, the 3rd Transnational Meeting for the project was also hosted in the CPI on Saturday, September 23rd. The meeting was attended by 10 participants from the seven participating project partners and included discussion of the progress made across the duration of the Train the Trainers period, as well as details of the piloting methodology & dissemination and financial management activities to be completed moving forward.

For further information and updates pertaining to the HOPEs Erasmus+ project, visit the project website at

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iTIDE Project final conference took place on 28th June

iTIDE Project final conference to showcase the work of the project team was held at Leeds Beckett University, 28th June 2017.

The day-long conference was held in the Rose Bowl in Leeds Beckett University on 28th June 2017. Presentations included a keynote speech by Dr Jonathan Glazzard, whose interests include special educational needs and disability.

This project is an EU funded initiative under the Erasmus+ Strategic Partnerships Programme. iTIDE is a three year project (2014-2017) and involves organisations from six European states including Austria, Bulgaria, Spain, Republic of Ireland, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.

Throughout the EU, learners with special educational needs/intellectual disabilities are still not achieving or being included in education at all levels according to their potential. ITIDE aims to address this deficit by making available outstanding open access, practice-leading training materials on Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) to spread accessible, accredited, vocational learning to these groups within EU states and beyond.

In doing so, we expect to support progress towards the Europe 2020 target of reducing early school leaving. The outcome of the iTIDE Project will include:

  • A suite of SEND Training Materials in each of the five partner languages, based on the existing set of materials at;
  • Guidance materials for educators and end users on the use of the Training Materials as learning resources;
  • Providing accreditation for the Training Materials through school/ higher education institution training partnerships.

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