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Lifelong Learning Project - School Inclusion - Preventing Early School Leaving

Course on Prevention of School Early Leaving

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The teachers training course is organized in 5 modules:

Module 1:
Identification of Students at Risk
Author: Wilsthorpe Business & Enterprise College (England)
Module 2:
Author: Zepf (Germany)
Module 3:
Teaching methods
Author: C.I.P.A.T. (Italy)
Module 4:
Educational Evaluation and early school leaving prevention
Author: ASPETE (Greece)
Module 5:
External support and cooperation
Author: Mayo Education Centre (Ireland)

The first module Identification of students at risk aims to help teachers and other educational professionals to identify young people at risk of dropping out of education. The module is based on a small number of case study interviews with young people, parents, teachers, Head teachers, Public Officers and has been produced after extensive research undertaken in the production of the National Report in the project partner’ countries. For the purpose of this module the identification factors to look for which can lead to school ‘drop outs’ or early course leavers, have been divided into four chapters, educational, personal, family and community.

The second module Communication provides practical proposals on how to facilitate communication with difficult students. This module identifies the best ways to prevent communication difficulties which may lead to a student dropping out from school. The module also offers suggestions on how to deal with students who are at risk of school dropping out, and suggestions on how to react to the first signs of absenteeism. Finally the module offers practical ideas on how to prepare and carry out an effective conversation with young people and their parents as well as on the actions to be taken after this conversation has taken place.

The third module Teaching Methods focuses on effective teaching strategies that foster the active involvement of all students in productive educational pathways. The strategies proposed include active teaching and learning, cooperative learning, peer education and the effective application of creativity to education.

The fourth module Educational Evaluation and early school leaving prevention focuses on Evaluation which is a dynamic feature of any educational process. In the case of the early school leaving prevention, evaluation is strongly related to the pupils' needs assessment before their engagement in a learning activity in order to identify in time their learning difficulties. Teachers need to be acquainted with the modern meaning of evaluation, evaluation types and forms, evaluation models, techniques and tools in order to become able to use them effectively in their school classes to achieve, among other educational objectives, the prevention of early school leaving.

The fifth module External support and cooperation examines external resources and supports for teachers and students to help them in the prevention of early school leaving. The module includes an introduction to authentic scenarios for reflection, an exploration of a variety of teacher responses to students in danger of leaving school early, an exploration of the level of risk of particular students, a description of the range of support available to help with the problem and the examination of the different types of support available for students with varying needs.

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15 November 2012

Stay@School at the Future of Education Conference

The Stay@School projet will be presented at the third edition of the “Future of Education” international conference, held in Florence, Italy, on 13 - 14 June 2013. Over 250 participants from all over the world will attend the conference. The conference participants belong to the sectors of higher education, school education, vocational education and training as well as adult education, therefore representing all of the target groups of the Stay@School project.

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