5. Stakeholders involvement

5.1. Multidisciplinary teams

A multidisciplinary approach to educational disadvantage and early school leaving (ESL) brings together professionals from within and beyond the school, including psychologists, social workers and health professionals. Multidisciplinary teams have the potential to offer a range of services to support young people at risk of educational disadvantage and ESL. This includes, for example, focus on children’s language development, mental health support, emotional support, bullying prevention skills, outreach to marginalised families and support for development of parenting skills.

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Multi-Interdisciplinary teams for early school leaving prevention

This paper seeks to examine evidence regarding the potential for multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary teams to play a key role in the prevention of early school leaving. As part of developing a strategy for such multi/interdisciplinary teams, an important focus is on necessary and supportive conditions for their effectiveness, rather than a deterministic assumption of their inevitable effectiveness. The report highlights the need to provide strong strategic guidance to the teams on important issues to be engaged in by the teams such as mental health support, alternatives to suspension, marginalized families outreach, teacher conflict resolution and diversity training skills, bullying prevention skills, positive school climate promotion, engagement with parenting skills and a focus on children?s language development etc.

Areas: 3. Support to learners; 5. Stakeholders involvement

Subareas: 3.1. Well-being of learners; 3.3. Career guidance and support; 3.9. Targeted support: Migrants, Roma; 3.10. Targeted support - special educational needs and learning difficulties; 5.1. Multidisciplinary teams

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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

Try it again, Sam!

The project Try it again, Sam! is an inter-institutional and integrated project that addresses children’s social and educational needs. It is composed of two main programmes: Integrated Tutelage (directed at students who dropped out of school) and Dropout Prevention (directed at students with temporary and reversible educational difficulties to prevent school dropout). Those involved– teachers, volunteers, school principals, social workers, psychologists – are all convinced that drop-out is the result of a long and insidious process triggered from common learning and relational difficulties. Therefore, timely responses to students with common difficulties in social relationships and/or learning activities is an effective way to prevent social students’ problems, which are much more difficult to address once they are established.
Try it Again, Sam! experiments with a new model of prevention-action training regarding failure in the transition from primary to secondary schools in Turin. It fosters the educational success of all students and combats school dropout. It is based on an integrative process between the acacemic and the extra-curricular, creating conditions for constant dialogue between them, and ensures learning of foundation skills in the first cycles of education. The project works within a network of non-profit associations and parishes. Schools and other actors - through joint collaboration - can thus foster learning processes that take into account the story of each child, giving them a space to listen and express themselves, develop their self-confidence, support their academic success, and combat early school leaving. Dropout Prevention is an offshoot of an earlier programme, Integrated Tutelage.

Areas: 1. School governance; 3. Support to learners; 5. Stakeholders involvement

Subareas: 1.4. Cooperation within education systems; 3.11. Targeted support - disadvantaged socio-economic background; 5.1. Multidisciplinary teams; 5.4. Partnerships: Community organisations and civic society

Language: EN

Country: Italy

Wellbeing and Inclusion for New Educational Resources (WINER)

The Erasmus+ project Wellbeing and Inclusion for New Educational Resources (WINER) (2014-2016) was financed by the European Commission through KA2/Strategic Partnerships for School Education. It was carried out in the Vaslui region of Romania and in the Umbria region of Italy. In Romania there are a large number of children whose parents leave them in Romania in order to work in Italy, as well as a large number of children who have returned with their families due to the Italian economic crisis. The general objective of this project was to facilitate the inclusion of those Romanian children left at home and those who have returned, by developing a well-being-based school and community approach, applied both in Romania and Italy (respectively, the Vaslui and Umbria regions).

Areas: 2. Teachers; 3. Support to learners; 5. Stakeholders involvement

Subareas: 2.1. Teacher skills and competences; 2.2. Teachers and their relationships with pupils and parents; 3.1. Well-being of learners; 3.5. Learning and assessment; 5.1. Multidisciplinary teams

Language: EN

Country: Italy; Romania