2. Teachers

2.1. Teacher skills and competences

The role of the teacher is broadening and becoming more demanding. Teachers are expected to use a wide variety of methods, tools and approaches and to tailor them to the learners' needs. They also need to have competences and skills necessary to create a positive classroom environment and work collaboratively with other stakeholders within and outside the school in order to provide timely support to learners.

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INCLUD-ED Interactive Groups

Interactive Groups is one of the Successful Educational Actions (SEAs) identified in the research project INCLUD-ED. INCLUD-ED analysed educational strategies that contribute to overcoming inequalities and promote social cohesion, and those generating social exclusion, particularly focusing on vulnerable and marginalised groups. Interactive Groups are used to improve the education of children and youth in different contexts. They consist of grouping students in a class into small heterogeneous groups, each of them supported by an adult. Each of these groups is organised around four or five students, in a heterogeneous way regarding ability level, gender, culture, language and ethnicity. This example provides an understanding of IG and the results of their practice.

Areas: 2. Teachers; 3. Support to learners; 4. Parental involvement

Subareas: 2.1. Teacher skills and competences; 3.5. Learning and assessment; 3.9. Targeted support: Migrants, Roma; 3.10. Targeted support - special educational needs and learning difficulties; 4.3. Spaces for parents and involvement in educational activities

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Country: Albania; Austria; Belgium; Bulgaria; Croatia; Cyprus; Czech Republic; Denmark; Estonia; Finland; France; Germany; Greece; Hungary; Iceland; Ireland; Italy; Latvia; Lithuania; Luxembourg; Malta; Netherlands; North Macedonia; Norway; Poland; Portugal; Romania; Serbia; Slovakia; Slovenia; Spain; Sweden; Turkey; United Kingdom

Unit on ‘Responding to student diversity in the primary classroom’

The unit is compulsory for 2nd and 3rd-year Bachelor’s student teachers enrolled in primary education programmes at the University of Malta. It has been integrated in the new Master in Teaching and Learning in October 2016. The unit aims at preparing student teachers to teach students with a diverse background, through gaining both theoretical knowledge and practical experience on diversity. There are two main aspects of the unit’s activities: 1. Theoretical training: In the first semester, student teachers are introduced to the topics of diversity and inclusion, and to approaches on how these can be addressed in the classroom, including through the use of individual educational planning (IEP) (through reflection on one’s own background, discussion and group work); 2. Practical training: In the second semester, while student teachers are doing their six-week teaching practice, they have to identify a student who is having some difficulty in coping with learning and implement an IEP for that student’s inclusion in education process.

Areas: 2. Teachers; 3. Support to learners

Subareas: 2.1. Teacher skills and competences; 2.2. Teachers and their relationships with pupils and parents; 2.3. Initial Teacher Education and Continuing Professional Development of teachers; 3.8. Targeted support - Language; 3.9. Targeted support: Migrants, Roma

Language: BG; CZ; DA; DE; EL; EN; ES; ET; FI; FR; HR; HU; IT; LT; LV; MT; NL; PL; PT; RO; SK; SL; SV

Country: Malta