Introduction to the STAIRS Erasmus ProjectA dynamic and collaborative initiative aimed at promoting the exchange of knowledge and expertise in the field of Special Educational Needs (SEN)
The Special Educational Needs team is excited to announce Villiers School’s involvement in a new and exciting STAIRS Erasmus project that will take place over the next two years. Villiers’ involvement in this STAIRS initiative is a testament to our commitment to international collaboration and educational excellence. This new venture promises to be a significant and enriching experience for the school community, and it will undoubtedly contribute to the global exchange of knowledge and ideas in the field of Special Educational Needs. We eagerly anticipate Villiers School’s involvement in this exciting journey and the positive impact the STAIRS project will create for students, educators, and the broader community.
Introduction to the STAIRS Project
Welcome to the STAIRS Erasmus project, a dynamic and collaborative initiative aimed at promoting the exchange of knowledge and expertise in the field of Special Educational Needs (SEN) across seven diverse and culturally rich countries: Ireland, France, Spain, Portugal, Malta, Turkey, and Norway. This transformative project is set to span over two years, culminating in May 2025, when Villiers School will host the final student mobility event.
The STAIRS Erasmus project is built on the fundamental principle of fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation for Special Educational Needs in an international context. It is designed to facilitate six mobility activities, each contributing significantly to the exchange of knowledge and the enhancement of educational practices in SEN. These mobilities include four opportunities for 15 students; five students will participate in each of the cultural exchanges to: the Azores in Portugal (April 2024), Malta (October 2024) and Spain (2025) February. For the final mobility, Villiers will host 15 students and their coordinators in May 2025.
The project coordinators for Villiers are Ms. Marella Moloney and Ms. Jean Thornton. In November 2024, we embarked on a journey to Steinkjer, Norway, where we joined other project coordinators for the inaugural mobility. During this meeting, we collectively set the project’s foundation and outlined its parameters. To conclude the project, we anticipate a final mobility to Nantes, France, scheduled for September 2025, where the coordinators will wrap up this impactful endeavor.
Collaborative Knowledge Sharing
One of the key objectives of the STAIRS Erasmus project is the development and sharing of valuable resources to benefit the SEN community and educators globally. Throughout the project’s duration, participating countries will collaborate to create three comprehensive working documents, each tailored to address specific aspects of Special Educational Needs. These documents will serve as a lasting legacy of the project, enabling educators, policymakers, and stakeholders to access and apply best practices in SEN.
The Journey Ahead
As we embark on this exciting journey of cross-cultural learning and collaboration, we anticipate culturally enriching experiences, deepening our knowledge of SEN practices, and fostering lasting connections between participating nations. Together, we aspire to make a meaningful impact on the lives of individuals with Special Educational Needs, ensuring they receive the support and equal access to opportunities.
In May 2025, we eagerly await the culmination of this extraordinary project as Villiers School in Ireland opens its doors to host the final mobility event. It will be a momentous occasion that celebrates the achievements, growth, and enduring partnerships forged through the STAIRS Erasmus project.
Join us as we ascend the staircase of knowledge, understanding, and inclusivity in Special Educational Needs. Stay tuned for updates and more information as the STAIRS Erasmus project unfolds!
We are currently recruiting 15 Villiers students to participate in the STAIRS Erasmus, including cultural exchanges to: Portugal, Malta and Spain. We will prioritise students with Special Educational Needs, but it is not a requirement; students with an active interest in SEN will also be considered. If you wish to apply, please follow the link below to submit your application; applicants must be 15 years or older and be in either TY or Form V.