German Pupil Course Group Leaders
Professional development and German immersion for teachers of German
Become a group leader on the German Pupil Courses and accompany a group of 12 pupils to Germany. This is a great opportunity for your professional development, whilst spending two weeks immersed in German language, daily life and culture.
This has been one of the best projects I have been involved with in my long teaching career…As a teacher it was a fantastic opportunity to be immersed in German and has really refreshed my language and enthusiasm for teaching it. It was so uplifting to witness how much fun the pupils had whilst experiencing first hand some of what Germany has to offer.
-Phillipa, GPC Ortenburg 2019
Group leadership opportunities
Each year, three posts are available for qualified UK teachers with experience of teaching German up to GCSE/S5 (for course option 2) or A-level/S6 (for course option 1) and experience of taking groups of young people abroad, to act as group leaders on the German Pupil Courses.
You will work alongside other teachers at a German school and will stay – where possible – with a German host family. Group leaders receive an honorarium, as well as a contingency fund for course-related expenses.
Take a look at last year’s Group Leader blog, which all group leaders contribute to during the courses, and read about previous thematic workshops on religious tolerance, living abroad and ‘Vereinswesen’.
About the courses
There are usually three courses in three different locations in Germany (in July or August – dates to be confirmed) for a group of 12 pupils and one accompanying teacher each. Two courses are for Year 12 (and equivalent) pupils and one course for Year 10 (and equivalent) pupils.
The courses are designed for enthusiastic and motivated German learners, who would like to get first-hand experience of German life and culture, and improve their German language skills at the same time.
Please refer to the German Pupil Courses pupil information page for details about the courses and application procedure for pupils.
The application process is currently closed. The courses usually take place between mid-July and end of August every year.
New applications will be accepted in January 2020. The application deadline is usually beginning of March.
Group leaders’ impressions and experiences
I have quite literally had the time of my life over the last two weeks. The chance to work with inspiring, passionate young people from around the country was amazing, and I will never forget the time we have spent together. Lifelong friendships have been formed, language skills have been increased, and a group of 12 students are heading back into the world to make a real change. I wish them all the very best of success in their futures.
-Sam, previous GPC Group Leader
It was pleasure and a privilege to be a part of this group. They made me very proud of them. I hope to be able to go back again next year.
-Clare, GPC Berlin, 2019
I am starting this new school year feeling inspired and refreshed, with a greater love for Germany and German culture than ever before and I am trying to persuade my headmaster to set up a sixth form exchange between my school and the German school, to offer my students the opportunity to experience so much history and culture first hand.
-Victoria, GPC Weimar, 2016
I could not have wished to have been away with a more motivated and pleasant group of pupils nor to have worked with such a lively, efficient and inspired team of teachers at the school. It was a real privilege to have been the Course Leader.
-Hazel, GPC Mönchengladbach, 2015
[Being Group Leader] was a fantastic opportunity for me as a German teacher to have to deal with any issues on my own (where I would normally have another English colleague with me) and it has certainly given me more confidence to take school trips abroad in the future.
-Claire, GPC Mönchengladbach, 2015
If you have any questions, or would like further information on the programme, please contact our pupil programmes manager.