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Erasmus + project  “Grab a book “

Thomas Deacon Academy, Peterborough & Jihlava Gymnazium, Jihlava

1/12/18- 30/11/20


  • To improve literacy for learning
  • To increase interest in literature
  • To sustain the habit of reading for pleasure


  • Extend creativity by using drama to boost imagination
  • Learn about writers and their motivation
  • Develop oracy skills
  • Enhance IT and writing skills

EU priorities:

  • Creativity and culture
  • Literacy skills
  • Teaching and learning language(s)

Expected outcomes:

  • Project logo, bookmarks and poster
  • Project website
  • Twinspace
  • Use of reading diaries to develop vocabulary and grammar
  • Cultural presentations
  • Pop up exhibitions
  • Student questionnaires and quizzes
  • Community reading project with TDAJ
  • Reading cafés  with parents
  • Video short term exchanges

Target group:  Y10,12 TDA  recruit via targeted students writing letter of introduction.  Group will meet for project work / take part in off site visits/ support Y3

Affiliated groups: Jumped Theatre/ Sarah Bayliss and Richard O’Neill writers

Staffing: From English, Arts and  TDAJ

Grant:    €6000 project management  ( purchase diaries/ set books etc)

              €18149 student exchanges

              €2415 staff meetings    TOTAL €26,5400

Timeline 2019-2020

January 2019 - launch project to staff and students. Recruit for group work and student exchange

February - project work begins in TDA. Reading surveys  DBS checks for prospective host families

March - prepare for student exchange visit to Jihlava 7-13 April 201

April - exchange to Czech Republic to include: writing & theatre workshops/ cultural visits/ logo design/ set book discussion/ writing  press releases/ student presentations

May – July project work in own school including: paired work with CZ buddy/ reading project with TDAJ/ training for reading cafés / oracy project input/ planning programme for October

September – 3 day teacher training in Peterborough – integrating drama into English lessons / running reading café, story telling, peer reading 

September – prepare for Czech Republic visit to TDA. Confirm programme, transport and host families

October – week beginning 7 or 14th October TDA hosts 20 students and teacher group from Jihlava. International book club / individual research/ project journals / pop up exhibition and tea party/ guest writer in residence/ writing competition/ story telling workshop/ drama workshop – transforming writing into performance/ writing press releases/ cultural visit HP world or Stratford or CD house, pm  reading café.

Nov 2019 – Feb 2020 complete project work in own school

March 2020 - teacher training/ final meeting in Jihlava ( 3 days) inc drama seminar/ presentation techniques. Writing final report  ( releases final 30% of grant).