ERASMUS+ Project: 'Oneness'

 Creating Inclusive Schools and Communities

Our European project, “Oneness: ” under the Erasmus+ programme was focused on learning more about inclusion and inclusive schools and communities. Through this project, we were able to observe international teaching practices through job-shadowing, co-learn with educators across Europe in courses, host visitors, and our students were able to experience cross-cultural peer-to-peer learning!

The project aimed to achieve a deeper understanding of inclusion, well-being, diversity, interdisciplinarity, and inclusive practices on the individual, class, and whole-school levels. Our specific objectives are: 

(1) Inclusive Individualised Plans: Developing individualized and differentiated learning plans that consider the individual needs of students.
(2) Creative, Holistic, and Inclusive Assessment Practices: Developing systematic assessment tools that consider the whole child and their diverse needs.
(3) Inclusion and Wellbeing Policy: Developing whole school policies and systems that support the individual and group wellbeing of students and staff.

Student Group Mobility

Townshend International School (Hlouboka - Czech Republic)
Our school pupil group mobility went to Townsend International School in Czech Republic. A school focused on developing moral programs, bridging cultural divides, and similar to ourselves were interested in developing their knowledge on oneness. The mobility included a valuable component of peer-to-peer learning, fostering a collaborative exchange of knowledge and experiences between the students from both schools!


"Observing schools and learning from other teachers is always helpful for personal growth and professional development. I am grateful for this opportunity." - Teacher 

ISC NARDI school in (Porto San Giorgio - Italy)
Our first job shadowing visit as part of this project was a visit to the Montessori school of ISC Nardi. They also had the unique opportunity to explore the historic Chiaravalle, including a visit to the home of Maria Montessori!

MontessoriSkolanCasa (Gothenburg - Sweden)
We also visited a locally well-known Montessori school in Gothenburg to observe how they utilise their spaces creatively and engage in inclusive practices. During our visit, we also had the opportunity to visit the Faculty of Education of the University of Gothenburg and have a guided tour of the Department of Mathematics and the National Center of Mathematics Development! 

Escola Martinet in (Barcelona - Spain)
Our staff also visited Martinet School to learn more about the hands-on approaches they use to work with children with disabilities. Upon learning more about our school during the visit, they expressed interest, and as part of their new project, a few of their staff team will be visiting us soon! 


"It is pleasing to see that many of these concepts reinforce what we already apply in Brilliant Stars. It is always inspiring to be able to network with educators from different countries."

 'Learning for and through wellbeing' by KnowledgePro (Stockholm - Sweden)
Three of our teachers had the opportunity to attend a course on the importance of enhancing well-being in schools, exploring the benefits of interdisciplinary learning which reinforces cognitive gains, learner strengths and engagement, and critical thinking. They explored how to make learning more meaningful, and child-centered, and think of new creative ways of how to engage students in their education. 

'Integrating Minority, Migrant & Refugee Children at European Schools & Society' by ShipCon (Barcelona - Spain)
Another team attended a course focused on improving well-being in schools, especially for minority, migrant, and refugee children. Our team learned about some of the more prevalent challenges of children with disadvantaged backgrounds in education and exchanged practical ideas on integrating theory and policies. The training also covered effective ways to work with minorities and refugees, providing our staff with useful insights for creating inclusive learning environments.

Expert Visitor

As part of this project, we also had the opportunity to host an 'expert visitor' for a week who was able to observe our school practices and offer context-relevant first-hand feedback and support! 

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What People Say

Do you still remember the excited eyes and hunger for new knowledge and skills that are so typical of kindergarteners? When searching for a school, retaining the love of learning was our top criteria. That’s why we came to Brilliant Stars. And the choice was good - kids asking “when can I start some math?” on the first day of school, kids going deeper on some school topic and bringing their findings back to others, kids writing short books, kids looking forward to discussing moral choices and current affairs… by now, our kids are 10 years old. They still love learning.
I whole-heartedly recommend Brilliant Stars to any parents searching for a warm, safe school environment that nurtures the whole child. My daughter attended preschool and year one for three years and leaves the school confident and prepared for her next adventure. Brilliant Stars' dedicated staff supported her natural talents and personality and showed her how much she can accomplish. I especially valued Brilliant Stars' emphasis on virtue education and the effort they make to instill their students with a sense of responsibility-- for themselves, for their friends and loved ones, and for the world around them. Brilliant Stars' curriculum and philosophy unlocks academic excellence without neglecting equally important social skills and commitment to community. We had experience with other, more expensive private schools in Bratislava but Brilliant Stars outclasses them easily---- it is what we will miss most about leaving Slovakia.
Thank you for the excellent cooperation in the last 5 years. Having had the chance to attend Brilliant Stars was the best start to education of our children we could have imagined. Hearing children chatter fluently in English at the end of Kindergarten, was a great achievement. Not being a bilingual family, we considered that as one of the main objectives and it was met. Your enthusiastic and motivated team whom our children and us will keep the best memories of. Always smiling, ready to help and discuss, proactively report on status. Last but not least – healthy cuisine, clean environment, library, well-groomed premises, educational tools and playground… Brilliant Stars should be referred to as a role model for other educational institutions!
I would like to thank you for all the efforts you took and make this difficult time as smooth as it is possible. Everything was so well-organised and once again I must say that I am very proud to my child in this school 🧡
I have two children at Brilliant Stars' and I am delighted with the care and approach of all of the staff towards childcare and education in the early years. Both my children are flourishing under their academic, social and moral guidance. My older child has loved the use of Jolly Phonics (a UK approach to teaching literacy) as a learning tool and enjoys his numeracy, science, art and music lessons. The kindergarten also offers a wide variety of extra activites and has a lending library. Finally, and one of the key reasons why I chose this kindergarten, is that the head teacher is an inspiration to everyone involved with the kindergarten - very proactive, accommodating, hands-on and very focused on the children and what is best for them. I can highly recommend this kindergarten and given the high standard they have set can only expect their new Stupava branch to be just as good.
I think Brilliant start gives children 'active learning', and teachers know how to support children's Curiosity. I can see that my children are having good time. Because my children can't stop speaking what they have done today with big smile when I pick them up after school.
Thank you and your entire team for the tremendous work. I have been impressed from the very beginning by the flexibility of your staff and the speed with which you managed to convert the entire curriculum online.