Activities in the Programme

Nordplus Junior supports the following activities:

  • Mobility
  • Projects
  • Networks

All activities must have a clearly defined aim, an expected outcome and correspond with the main objectives of the Nordplus programme. The project must be relevant to all of the participating institutions, identify development needs within the institutions and clarify the added international value. All activity types can be combined in the same application (except for preparatory visits).

If a project has received Nordplus Junior funding in previous application rounds, the project will be excluded from funding if the new application is comparable to previous granted applications (e.g. a copy and paste of previous applications without any development or progress).

The project period officially begins 1 August, in relation to the start of a new term. If a project plans activities during three terms, one applies for a two-year project period. The project must begin the same year the application is granted (except the autumn round for preparatory visits).

Mobility activities

Mobility activities require cooperation between at least two partners (including the coordinator) from two different Nordplus countries. The following activities are eligible:

A. Preparatory visits

The purpose of preparatory visits is to give institutions the possibility to prepare and plan a future project and formulate an application to Nord-plus Junior. The main principle is that one of the participating institutions/ organisations acts as host. The host institution is not included in a mobility grant. As a maximum, one visit with two participating teachers per country can be applied for. An application for a preparatory visit cannot be combined with other mobility activities or project/network collaborations.

Eligible participants: Teachers and other pedagogical staff.

Project period: The activity must be carried out within the period of 1 year.

Duration of activity: Preparatory visits may last a maximum of 5 days, including travel days.

B.  Teacher exchanges

Staff within eligible types of schools can apply for different kinds of exchanges, e.g. job-swapping, job-shadowing, study visits, or experience exchanges where teachers take part in teaching in partner countries. The exchange may take place between one or more schools.

Eligible participants: Teachers and other pedagogical staff.

Project period: The activity must be completed within a period of 1 year.

Duration of activity: Teacher exchanges can be from 1 week (5 working days and 2 travel days) up to 1 year.

C.  Class exchange

Class exchanges involve groups of pupils or classes, from at least two participating Nordplus countries wishing to collaborate on a joint theme within the objectives of the Nordplus programme. Grants can be awarded for a maximum of 30 pupils per country and a maximum of two accompanying teachers per 10 pupils. The common theme must be of a pedagogical nature and linked to curricula. All participating partners are expected to benefit and to gain from the cooperation.

Eligible participants: Pupils and accompanying teachers.

Project period: Class exchanges are possible for 1 year, 2 years or a maximum of 3 years. The allocation of the number of pupils each year should be described in the application.

Duration of activity: The exchange can range from 5 days (at least 3 working days and 2 travel days) and up to 3 weeks.

Example: Two schools from two different Nordplus countries are partners in a class exchange. Each school can receive mobility grants for 30 pupils and six accompanying teachers. They can choose to complete these 72 exchanges during one year. But they can also choose to spread out the exchanges over a longer period up to a maximum of three years. The required period (1-3 years) must be specified in the application.

D: Individual student exchange - theoretical studies

Mobility grants are available for individual upper secondary students wishing to take part in theoretical studies. Applications must be submitted by the school.

Eligible participants: Students and accompanying teachers.

Project period: Applications within this activity may have duration of 1 year, 2 years or up to a maximum of 3 years. If you apply for 1 year, you can reapply the following year, but up to a maximum of 3 years in a row.

Duration of activity: Student exchanges can be from 1 week (5 working days and 2 travel days) to 1 year. An accompanying teacher may participate for a maximum of 1 week.

E: Individual student exchange - work placements

Mobility grants are available for individual students attending upper secondary school/vocational school for work experience. Applications must be submitted by the school.

Eligible participants: Students and accompanying teachers.

Project period: Applications within this activity may have duration of 1 year, 2 years or up to a maximum of 3 years. If you apply for 1 year, you can reapply the following year, but up to a maximum of 3 years in a row.

Duration of activity: Student exchanges can be from 1 week (5 working days and 2 travel days) to 1 year. An accompanying teacher may participate for a maximum of 1 week.

Project and network activities

Applications for both network and project activities must be based on an agreement between a minimum of three institutions or organisations from three different participating countries.

Projects

Schools can form project collaborations on a specific theme that is consistent with the objectives of Nordplus and with the development needs of the participating institutions. Project partnerships are long term collaborations aimed at giving schools the opportunity to develop pedagogical and didactical methods. The projects are meant to broaden the perspective on the chosen theme(s).

Examples of fields for project partnerships:

  • Quality assurance
  • Dissemination of project results
  • Development and improvement of pedagogical and/or didactical teaching methods
  • Curriculum development

Project partnerships may apply for a grant for a maximum of three years.

Networks

School groups, organisations or institutions can form long-term networks collaborating within the educational sector. Participants can work together on a specific theme or joint issue within education corresponding with the objectives of Nordplus programme. This can generate new ideas and proposals for future initiatives.

Eligible activities for network support include:

  • Administrative meetings to establish and develop the network
  • Information activities
  • Dissemination of results, for example dissemination seminars

A network project may apply for a grant for a maximum three years.